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Keelan, Geoff 1985-

Works: 2 works in 5 publications in 1 language and 58 library holdings
Genres: History  Biographies  Academic theses 
Roles: Author
Classifications: F1034.B65, 971.0612092
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Most widely held works by Geoff Keelan
Duty to dissent : Henri Bourassa and the First World War by Geoff Keelan( Book )

4 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the First World War, Henri Bourassa--fierce Canadian nationalist, politician, and journalist from Quebec--took centre stage in 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 Bourassa founded in 1910, to trace his 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. Bourassa used Le Devoir to express his opposition to Prime Minister Robert Borden's handling of the war, yet he also warned of alarming transformations in all of the nations at war, such as the growth of militarism, the failure of democracy, and the dangers of total war at home and abroad. By situating Bourassa within a larger panorama that connects him to prominent war resisters from around the world, Keelan offers fresh insight into one of Canada's most influential historical figures, reshaping our understanding of why Quebec's position on the Great War differed so radically from the rest of Canada."--
Bourassa's war : Henri Bourassa and the First World War by Geoff Keelan( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation examines the perspective of French Canadian nationalist Henri Bourassa during the First World War from 1914-1918. Bourassa was one of the best-known voices rejecting the war's purpose and value in Canada. He consistently offered detailed and in-depth analytical critiques of the war. He first accepted Canadian participation from August 1914 to January 1916, but his position gradually shifted from cautious support to outright rejection. This dissertation argues that Henri Bourassa has traditionally been understood as a domestic commentator in Canada, but during the war years he wrote in the pages of his newspaper Le Devoir to address a wide variety of international issues. He was one of a few Canadians who looked out to the world and interpreted global events for his readers. Historians have already recounted in detail his thoughts about the Ontario bilingual schools crisis, conscription, the December 1917 election, and the Easter Riots of 1918. This work examines Bourassa's thoughts on diplomacy between the belligerent nations and that of Pope Benedict XV, international events like the Easter Rising in Ireland and the American entry into the war. It re-examines his domestic commentary concerning the Canadian home front in light of his position on international issues, especially his growing anxiety over militarism and the deterioration of Canadian democracy. He believed that the war, which was ostensibly fought for democracy and liberty, was drastically changing the Allied nations and transforming them into the sort of autocratic states against which they fought. This thesis concludes that Bourassa adopted an intellectual approach to the war that deconstructed its impact at home and abroad, and stands as one of Canada's foremost thinkers during the war years
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Alternative Names
Keelan, Geoffrey T., 1985-