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Seminar: John A Macdonald in 49000 Words

Publication date: Sep 19, 2013 1:03:22 PM

Start: Oct 7, 2013 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 7, 2013 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ


John A. Macdonald: Canada’s first Prime Minister – in 49,000 words

Ged Martin's long-running biographical project on Sir John A. Macdonald has focused on specific issues in his life, including his relations with his constituents in Kingston, Ontario, and his alcohol problem. The project has now made the transition to a volume in Dundurn's Quest Biography series, a format limited to a text of 49,000 words. In this seminar, Ged Martin discusses the challenges and the advantages of this tight framework in discussing the career of a politician who died in office at the age of 76, and attempts to highlight new perspectives on Macdonald.

Ged Martin has published widely in Commonwealth history. His latest book is John A. Macdonald: Canada's First Prime Minister (Dundurn, 2013). Other books include Britain and the Origins of Canadian Confederation 1837-1867 (Macmillan/UBC Press, 1995), Favourite Son? John A. Macdonald and the Voters of Kingston 1841-1891 (Kingston Historical Society, 2010) and Past Futures: the Impossible Necessity of History (University of Toronto Press, 2004. He is Emeritus Professor of Canadian Studies of the University of Edinburgh and an Honorary Fellow of Hughes Hall, Cambridge. He lives in Ireland.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.