Place Published: London
Publisher: John Murray
Date Published: 1902
Binding: Soft Cover
RARE BOOKLET SIGNED BY HENRI BOURASSA AS MAYOR OF QUEBEC
First UK edition. 6-1/2 x 9-3/4 inches. 35pp(1). Soiled soft cover blue green paper wrappers with a 1” tear to top front cover. There is a section of pages loose and can be removed from booklet otherwise, internally very good.
Signed, "with the compliments of Henri Bourassa, Quebec mayor.
Overall condition good.
Article was reprinted from the Monthly Review September October 1902
Joseph-Napoléon-Henri Bourassa was a French Canadian political leader and publisher. In 1899, Bourassa was outspoken against the British government's request for Canada to send a militia to fight for Britain in the Second Boer War. Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier's compromise was to send a volunteer force, but the seeds were sown for future conscription protests during the World Wars of the next half-century. Bourassa challenged, unsuccessfully, the proposal to build warships to help protect the empire. He led the opposition to mandatory conscription during World War I, arguing that Canada's interests were not at stake. He opposed Catholic bishops who defended military support of Britain and its allies. Bourassa was an ideological father of French-Canadian nationalism.
Good. Item #1872