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Published: 20 September 2012

448 Pages | 8 b/w photos; 2 maps


ISBN: 9780195449549

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A Biography of Robert Baldwin:

The Morning-Star of Memory

Michael Cross

  • Baldwin courageously led the charge for responsible home government, changing forever the face of Canadian politics.
  • Author Michael Cross has literally spent decades researching Baldwin's life and times. His developing research influenced the work of other thinkers, including John Ralston Saul.
  • Baldwin is perhaps one of the most eccentric characters in Canadian politics, in any historical period. The book is a compelling examination of a deep-thinking and highly imaginative psychology, preoccupied with the past and future.
  • Archival research turned up a host of previously unknown known facts about Baldwin, his contemporaries, and the changing relationship between Canada and Britain.
  • Cross digs deep into Baldwin's curious mental landscape, exploring the bizarre private life of this exceptional man. Baldwin's eccentric psychology intertwines with the course of Canadian history.
  • A Canada at once recognizable to readers and also vastly different: the book reveals a world of unfamiliar travel, communications, clothing, and social class.
  • Includes early maps, portraits, and paintings.
  • Places Baldwin's life in the context of the tumultuous politics around him, from the War of 1812 to the mass immigration of Irish famine refugees.

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