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  • Nokhrin Ivan M. Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor


Researchers discover more and more cases that do not fit into the modernist paradigm of the nationalism studies. One is Canadian nationalism. It very occurrence presents a challenge to the paradigm of nationalism studies. If nationalism is the principle that demands political and cultural boundaries to coincide, as Gellner argued, it is not clear why Canadians consider themselves a nation and have not yet turned into Americans, or at least, why they do not continue to consider themselves British, since their cultural differences from both those are minimal even today, not to mention the XXth or the XIXth century. In search of a different approach to the study of Canadian nationalism, this paper based on Barth’s classic postulate about the constitutive function of borders in the formation of national identity. From such a research perspective, nationalism is considered as a historically unique result of reflection on the “other” or, in the words of J. Lacan, the “constitutive other”. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to explore the role of the United States as a “significant other” in the history of Canadian nationalism. In particular, I’m going to show that it was the involvement of American citizens in the events of the Canadian uprisings of the 1830s. or, as they are sometimes called, revolutions, that predetermined the unfortunate outcome of these events precisely because of the conflict that arose between the emerging Canadian nationalism and the image of the “other”, symbolically linked to American intervention.

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Nokhrin, I. M. (2023). THE IMAGE OF THE USA AS A FACTOR IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CANADIAN NATIONALISM DURING THE UPRISINGS OF THE 1830s. Bulletin of the Moscow City Pedagogical University. Series "Pedagogy and Psychology", 2023, №2 (50), 140. https://doi.org/10.25688/20-76-9105.2023.50.2.10
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