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Response to Review no. 1055

Given that the review by Professor Sexton is so very generous, careful, and thorough there’s little I can say in response. 

He raises a good question about the post-war nature of the Canadian-American border beyond Upper Canada (Ontario) both to the east and west.  My sense is that the harsh experience of war shaped Upper Canada’s post-war political culture – and that culture that primarily informed the larger trans-continental project of Canada known as the Dominion.  In other words, as a consequence of the war, Upper Canada pioneered the fear of the United States and the defensive assertion of a Canadian identity framed by that fear.