Resistance To Imperialism Comic Strip Kathryn Peabody
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In 1867, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand won their Independence. Canada gained the rights of self-government, but the British still controlled their foreign policy. They won their independence faster than most colonies because they were all mostly inhabited by white Caucasians. Canada was split into 2 sections: English speaking Upper-Canada and French speaking Lower-Canada.
George Monro Grant
Canada needed to grow and mature as a country. So George Monro Grant, George Robert Parkin, George Taylor Denison and other important leaders had the idea that Canada and other places like Australia and New Zealand might participate in foreign policy plans.
George Robert Parkin
George Taylor Denison
The South African War broke out in 1899 between the Afikaner republics of southern Africa and Britain. Canada was deciding whether it should help Britain and send troops or should it stay away from the war. Many Canadians thought participation would gain supporters and so Canada sent a volunteer force.
When Britain went to war against Germany in 1914, Canada didn't have a choice; they were required to join the war on the British side. After this, Canadians wanted the right to make their own foreign policy formation and military planning. 61,000 Canadians were killed in the First World War and 172,000 were injured.
In 1939 when Britain declared war against Germany again, Canada decided to join since they were a fully independent nation with control over its own foreign policy. After the war, Canada, Australia, India and many other countries became part of the British Empire as connected, fully independent states known as the Commonwealth.
Sources: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/imperialism/ Owram, D. (n.d.). Imperialism. Retrieved April 09, 2018, from http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/imperialism
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