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Banner: From Colony to Country: A Reader's Guide to Canadian Military History

Canadian Military History: An Overview
War of 1812
Rebellions of 1837 and 1838
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Rebellions of 1837 and 1838
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The authors have included the English edition of works if they are available in both French and English. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are known to be available in French. Most titles included in this guide are held by Library and Archives Canada, and many are available for interlibrary loan, both within Canada and abroad.

The Participants: Autobiography, Biography and Memoirs

In all of the historical literature about the rebellions in Upper and Lower Canada, more has been written about the leader of the rebellion in Upper Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie, than any other individual connected with these events; this is reflected in this section.

The Dictionary of Canadian Biography, an essential guide to Canadian historical biography to 1920, is especially strong on individuals connected with the rebellions in both Upper and Lower Canada. Individual biographies also serve as guides to both published and unpublished source materials. Collectively, the biographies of those individuals prominent in the events of 1837-1838 provide an excellent introduction to the history of the rebellions. A selection of individuals from Upper and Lower Canada, including military figures, rebels and patriots are listed below.

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