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A biography of Robert Baldwin : the morning-star of memory /
Michael S. Cross.
imprint
Don Mills, ON : Oxford University Press, c2012.
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xii, 430 p. : ill., ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9780195449549 :
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imprint
Don Mills, ON : Oxford University Press, c2012.
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9780195449549 :
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8388068
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"An extraordinary biography." --Macleans
"Michael Cross knows more about Robert Baldwin than anyone else. This isn't just knowledge. He feels the man. This is an essential biography, as much of the heart as it is of politics." --John Ralston Saul, author of Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin
"Michael Cross puts on the table the story of one of the most unusual if not peculiar leaders we've ever had" and "brings Robert Baldwin fully alive." --John Ralston Saul
"Michael Cross knows more about Robert Baldwin than anyone else. This isn't just knowledge. He feels the man. This is an essential biography, as much of the heart as it is of politics." --John Ralston Saul, author of Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin"An extraordinary biography." --Macleans
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Robert Baldwin was the driving force behind responsible government in Canada, a man of great courage and unwavering determination in a landscape of turbulent and, at times, dangerous political turmoil. Baldwin's intervention in Canadian history was momentous, and in this account history is intertwined with Baldwin's enigmatic private life.
Main Description
Congratulations to Michael S. Cross for his book, A Biography of Robert Baldwin, winner of the John T. Saywell Prize in constitutional history by the Osgoode Society. Congratulations to Michael S. Cross, winner of the 2013 Lela Common Award for Canadian History for his book A Biography of Robert Baldwin. The quest for responsible government took place in turbulent times. The "very strange" personality driving this quest, Robert Baldwin, comprises the stuff of narrative so compellingit seems at times less history than novel. Baldwin's intervention in Canadian history was momentous, and in this account history is intertwined with Baldwin's enigmatic private life. Decades of research by historian Michael Cross has unearthed new insight into this highly complex, troubled, and exceptional man. In Cross's exploration, Baldwin inhabits an intricate emotional world, entangled with reflections on past and future. Cross' narrative flows with elegant non-linearity, reflecting Baldwin's own fluid psychological chronology; the memory of his wife Eliza, who died comparatively young, haunted Baldwin's often distressed mental landscape. In fact, the first chapter may contain one of the biggest surprises in any recent historical biography - taking place a month after Baldwin's death. Even so, the book is full of comedy and charm. Cross is a delightfully polished writer, with a remarkable knack for character. Lord Sydenham is a "coxcomb" and a "rake" in the original sense of the words; Lord Elgin is an "unprepossessing little man" but with "steely determination," "a countenance stern in its frame of iron-grey muttonchops"; Louis LaFontaine is "handsome and charming but irritatingly pretentious." Interactions with the deep thinking and duty-bound Baldwin are at times chaotic collisions of markedly different personalities. The book covers events such as the War of 1812, the 1841 Union of the Canadas, and mass migration of Irish famine refugees; it also contains a detailed chronology, portraits, maps, and paintings. Here is not just a vision of an unsettled Canada that will take many readers aback, but also an encounter with a fascinating, "very strange" personality whose profound influence changed Canadian history forever.
Main Description
Congratulations to Michael S. Cross for his book, A Biography of Robert Baldwin, winner of the John T. Saywell Prize in constitutional history by the Osgoode Society.Congratulations to Michael S. Cross, winner of the 2013 Lela Common Award for Canadian History for his book A Biography of Robert Baldwin.The quest for responsible government took place in turbulent times. The "very strange" personality driving this quest, Robert Baldwin, comprises the stuff of narrative so compelling it seems at times less history than novel. Baldwin's intervention in Canadian history was momentous, and in thisaccount history is intertwined with Baldwin's enigmatic private life.Decades of research by historian Michael Cross has unearthed new insight into this highly complex, troubled, and exceptional man. In Cross's exploration, Baldwin inhabits an intricate emotional world, entangled with reflections on past and future. Cross' narrative flows with elegant non-linearity,reflecting Baldwin's own fluid psychological chronology; the memory of his wife Eliza, who died comparatively young, haunted Baldwin's often distressed mental landscape. In fact, the first chapter may contain one of the biggest surprises in any recent historical biography - taking place a monthafter Baldwin's death. Even so, the book is full of comedy and charm. Cross is a delightfully polished writer, with a remarkable knack for character. Lord Sydenham is a "coxcomb" and a "rake" in the original sense of the words; Lord Elgin is an "unprepossessing little man" but with "steely determination," "a countenancestern in its frame of iron-grey muttonchops"; Louis LaFontaine is "handsome and charming but irritatingly pretentious." Interactions with the deep thinking and duty-bound Baldwin are at times chaotic collisions of markedly different personalities.The book covers events such as the War of 1812, the 1841 Union of the Canadas, and mass migration of Irish famine refugees; it also contains a detailed chronology, portraits, maps, and paintings. Here is not just a vision of an unsettled Canada that will take many readers aback, but also anencounter with a fascinating, "very strange" personality whose profound influence changed Canadian history forever.
Main Description
The quest for responsible government took place in turbulent times. The "very strange" personality driving this quest, Robert Baldwin, comprises the stuff of narrative so compelling it seems at times less history than novel. Baldwin's intervention in Canadian history was momentous, and in thisaccount history is intertwined with Baldwin's enigmatic private life.Decades of research by historian Michael Cross has unearthed new insight into this highly complex, troubled, and exceptional man. In Cross's exploration, Baldwin inhabits an intricate emotional world, entangled with reflections on past and future. Cross' narrative flows with elegant non-linearity,reflecting Baldwin's own fluid psychological chronology; the memory of his wife Eliza, who died comparatively young, haunted Baldwin's often distressed mental landscape. In fact, the first chapter may contain one of the biggest surprises in any recent historical biography - taking place a monthafter Baldwin's death. Even so, the book is full of comedy and charm. Cross is a delightfully polished writer, with a remarkable knack for character. Lord Sydenham is a "coxcomb" and a "rake" in the original sense of the words; Lord Elgin is an "unprepossessing little man" but with "steely determination," "a countenancestern in its frame of iron-grey muttonchops"; Louis LaFontaine is "handsome and charming but irritatingly pretentious." Interactions with the deep thinking and duty-bound Baldwin are at times chaotic collisions of markedly different personalities.The book covers events such as the War of 1812, the 1841 Union of the Canadas, and mass migration of Irish famine refugees; it also contains a detailed chronology, portraits, maps, and paintings. Here is not just a vision of an unsettled Canada that will take many readers aback, but also anencounter with a fascinating, "very strange" personality whose profound influence changed Canadian history forever.
Main Description
The quest for responsible government took place in turbulent times. The "very strange" personality driving this quest, Robert Baldwin, comprises the stuff of narrative so compelling it seems at times less history than novel. Baldwin's intervention in Canadian history was momentous, and in this account history is intertwined with Baldwin's enigmatic private life. Decades of research by historian Michael Cross has unearthed new insight into this highly complex, troubled, and exceptional man. In Cross's exploration, Baldwin inhabits an intricate emotional world, entangled with reflections on past and future. Cross' narrative flows with elegant non-linearity, reflecting Baldwin's own fluid psychological chronology; the memory of his wife Eliza, who died comparative young, haunted Baldwin's often distressed mental landscape. In fact, the first chapter may contain one of the biggest surprises in any recent historical biography-taking place a month after Baldwin's death. Even so, the book is full of comedy and charm. Cross is a delightfully polished writer, with a remarkable knack for character. Lord Sydenham is a "coxcomb" and a "rake" in the original sense of the words; Lord Elgin is an "unprepossessing little man" but with "steely determination," "a countenance stern in its frame of iron-grey muttonchops"; Louis LaFontaine is "handsome and charming but irritatingly pretentious." Interactions with the deep thinking and duty-bound Baldwin are at times chaotic collisions of markedly different personalities. The book covers events such as the War of 1812, the 1841 Union of the Canadas, and mass migration of Irish famine refugees; it also contains a detailed chronology, portraits, maps, and paintings. Here is not just a vision of an unsettled Canada that will take many readers aback, but also an encounter with a fascinating, "very strange" personality whose profound influence changed Canadian history forever.
Main Description
The quest for responsible government, which would bring order and stability to the rollicking politics of nineteenth-century Canada, was sought by none more fervently than Robert Baldwin. Guided by an unwavering vision for a nation that combined the best of British, French, and Canadian ideals, Baldwin reformed the tumultuous political system of his day, laying the foundation for Canadian democracy. In the first comprehensive biography of this great politician, Michael S. Cross takes us back in time to the early days of a nation in the making. The result is a portrait of a man plagued by grief and self-doubt, who despite himself became a hero of Canadian politics. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vi
Prefacep. vii
Timelinep. ix
The Blessed Hour, January 1859p. 1
Living in Memoryp. 3
I Am Not So Certain of My Future as Others Seem to Bep. 7
A Better Irishmanp. 26
This Struggle between Good Government and Evil Governmentp. 47
The Apple of Discordp. 65
Home-My Own Dear Homep. 88
A New Definition of Loyaltyp. 116
An Enthusiast-Almost a Fanaticp. 134
Leave Those Confounded Politics Alonep. 158
Turning Everything into Responsible Governmentp. 176
There Must Be No Question of Racesp. 196
An Enlarged View Must Be Takenp. 216
The Phrase or the Contentp. 230
Anglo-Saxons to the Strugglep. 258
Un jeu d'enfantsp. 282
Infidels, Socialists, and Othersp. 303
A Reckless Disregard of First Principlesp. 333
Hanging by a Most Precarious Threadp. 348
Note on Sourcesp. 368
Note Abbreviationsp. 370
Notesp. 371
Indexp. 417
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