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Duty to Dissent

Henri Bourassa and the First World War

During the First World War, Henri Bourassa – fierce Canadian nationalist, politician, and journalist from Quebec – took centre stage in the national debates on Canada’s participation in the war, its imperial ties to Britain, and Canada’s place in the world. In Duty to Dissent, Geoff Keelan draws upon Bourassa’s voluminous editorials in Le Devoir, the newspaper he founded in 1910, to trace Bourassa’s evolving perspective on the war’s meaning and consequences. What emerges is not a simplistic sketch of a local journalist engaged in national debates, as most English Canadians know him, but a fully rendered portrait of a Canadian looking out at the world.

284 pages | 6 x 9

Table of Contents


1 Fais ce que dois!

2 The Duty of Canada at the Present Hour

3 What Do We Owe England?

4 The Soul of Canada

5 The Possibility of Peace

6 The Wall of Deceit

7 Silenced


Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index

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