Examining the process of state formation as it occurred in the
Eastern Townships of Quebec following the unification of Upper and
Lower Canada, J.I. Little argues that institutional reform was not
simply imposed by the government but the result of a complex
process of interaction between the state and the local community.
While past studies look at state formation in the post-Rebellion
period largely from the perspective of the central government,
State and Society in Transition focuses on the significant role the
local population played in shaping institutional reforms.