Remaking North American Sovereignty

9780823288458: Hardback
Release Date: 7th April 2020

9780823288441: Paperback
Release Date: 7th April 2020

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 288

Edition: 1st Edition

Series Reconstructing America

Fordham University Press

Remaking North American Sovereignty

State Transformation in the 1860s

This book explores the tumultuous history of state making in mid-nineteenth- century North America from a continental perspective. Essays by experts on Canadian Confederation, the U.S. Civil War, Mexico’s fight against French imperialists, and indigenous Americans shed new light on events traditionally studied as separate national stories.
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North America took its political shape in the crisis of the 1860s, marked by Canadian Confederation, the U.S. Civil War, the restoration of the Mexican Republic, and numerous wars and treaty regimes conducted between these states and indigenous peoples. This crisis wove together the three nation-states of modern North America from a patchwork of contested polities.
Remaking North American Sovereignty brings together distinguished experts on the histories of Canada, indigenous peoples, Mexico, and the United States to re-evaluate this era of political transformation in light of the global turn in nineteenth-century historiography. They uncover the continental dimensions of the 1860s crisis that have been obscured by historical traditions that confine these conflicts within its national framework.

Jewel L. Spangler (Edited By)
Jewel L. Spangler is Associate Professor of History at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She has published on eighteenth-century American religion and the cultural history of the early American republic.
Frank Towers (Edited By)
Frank Towers is Associate Professor of History at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. He is the author of The Old South’s Modern Worlds: Slavery, Region, and Nation in the Age of Progress (2011).

This expertly curated volume uncovers the forgotten connections between the North American crises of the 1860s. Ranging across the continent’s contested battlegrounds and borderlands, and foregrounding indigenous actors, as well as elites, this book demonstrates how political and economic changes in Canada, Mexico, and the United States revolved around common questions of sovereignty and state-making. Conceptually sophisticated, yet refreshingly accessible, Remaking North American Sovereignty is required reading for anyone interested in the U.S. Civil War, nineteenth century empire, and the formation of modern nations.

Bold, original, and extremely provocative, these essays will help scholars think beyond national borders in ways that center, rather than turn away from, domestic state-building and political formations. By connecting the mid-century sovereignty crises in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, and by drawing upon imaginative scholars in each field, the editors have put together a lively collection that is at once a guide to the contemporary scholarship on sovereignty, a call to create an integrated North American history, and a series of reflections about moments in each region's domestic history that look very different when seen from afar.