Saturday, October 18, 2008
The path of destiny: Canada from the British conquest to home rule, 1763-1850 by Thomas Head Raddall
The path of destiny: Canada from the British conquest to home rule, 1763-1850 by Thomas Head Raddall is the third volume in a six volume political history of Canada that was published in the 1950s and 60s. The book covers the length of time from the seizing of Canada by the British through the decision to grant representative government. The book starts with a discussion of why the Canadian territories did not join with the Americans in the American Revolution. Much of the book is taken up with a rather conventional account of the war of 1812. The final section is devoted to the rebellions in upper and lower Canada and the resulting dismantling of the family compact. There are no citations or bibliography. The writing is serviceable without too many flourishes.