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      Loyalty to the Regime: Prominent Men, Militia and French-Canadian Identity through the 1812 War

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      London Journal of Canadian Studies
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          In the North American British colonies, the 1812 war led to a great mobilization of militia corps to protect the Empire’s possessions. For colonial authorities, such context represented an opportunity to measure local militia officers’ loyalty to the Crown, particularly those who resided in the French traditional countryside. What can we understand of the French-Canadian involvement in the War of 1812 as officers? What is the impact of their relation to the Crown on their capacity to hold on to positions in their respective communities? By bringing to life a few case studies, this paper wishes to examine the formation of the French-Canadian identity through the involvement of local elites in the militia. This study is based on an analysis of the correspondence of the principal officers of the battalions with the central authorities and prosopographical research of those same officers in the rural regions of Lower Canada. The analysis of the strategies, values and interests of the militia officers, will serve to enlighten the parameters of the collaboration between the local elite and the colonial elite.

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          ljcs
          ljcs
          London Journal of Canadian Studies
          UCL Press
          2397-0928
          0267-2200
          20 August 2021
          : 28
          : 1
          : 90-105
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          [1] 1Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada
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          10.14324/111.444.ljcs.2013v28.007
          24e0e9e3-02c9-4170-a7be-e4a196921127
          Copyright © 2013, Jean-René Thuot

          This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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          Pages: 17
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          Sociology,Political science,Anglo-American studies,Americas,Cultural studies,History
          Sociology, Political science, Anglo-American studies, Americas, Cultural studies, History

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