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‘This will not be the first time that the softest hand has proved the strongest’ : the Eastern Division of the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and the fate of Scottish identity, 1876-1914

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dc.contributor.advisor Kehoe, S. Karly
dc.creator Swaffer, Kajsa Louise
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-09T15:01:37Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-09T15:01:37Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.other BV2610 S93 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/29219
dc.description 138 leaves ; 29 cm
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 117-136).
dc.description.abstract Scotland’s commitment to the British imperial project after 1707 helped configure ‘Scottishness’ as a decidedly masculine construct, while the methodology developed by historians in the study of Scottish migrant identity since then promotes a male-centric source base. This undermines how Scottish migrant women associated with their Scottish cultural, ethnic and national identities. Through detailed analysis of the composition, operations and rhetoric of the Eastern Division of the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church in Canada during the society’s lifespan, 1876 to 1914, this thesis investigates the underexplored potential of civic institutions in developing a more nuanced understanding of Scottish identity during Britain’s ‘victorious century’. It also demonstrates how decisions to engage with certain local, national and global issues during the post-Confederation period contributed to the gradual disintegration of the society’s distinctively Scottish identity in favour of increasing identification with Canada before the First World War. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc BV2610
dc.subject.lcsh Presbyterian Church in Canada. Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society. Eastern Division -- History
dc.subject.lcsh Women in missionary work -- Canada -- History
dc.subject.lcsh Women immigrants -- Canada -- History
dc.subject.lcsh Scots -- Canada -- Ethnic identity
dc.title ‘This will not be the first time that the softest hand has proved the strongest’ : the Eastern Division of the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and the fate of Scottish identity, 1876-1914 en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in History
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline History
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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