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Alliance and Illusion

Canada and the World, 1945-1984

Alliance and Illusion is the definitive assessment of the domestic and international aspects of Canadian foreign policy in the modern era. Robert Bothwell provides nuanced studies of Canada’s leaders and discusses international currents that drove Canadian external affairs, from American influence over Vietnam and the draft dodgers, to the French case of de Gaulle’s eruption into Quebec in 1967. This definitive recounting and assessment of Canadian foreign policy in the modern era fills a crucial gap in Canadian history and provides invaluable context for understanding Canada’s present-day foreign policy dilemmas.

480 pages

Table of Contents


1 Construction and Reconstruction: Canada in 1945

2 Real Prosperity and Illusory Diplomacy

3 Realigning Canadian Foreign Policy, 1945-1947

4 Dividing the World, 1947-1949

5 Confronting a Changing Asia, 1945-1950

6 From Korea to the Rhine

7 The Era of Good Feeling, 1953-1957

8 Diefenbaker and the Dwindling British Connection

9 Nuclear Nightmares, 1957-1963

10 Innocence at Home: Economic Diplomacy in the 1960s

11 Innocence Abroad: Fumbling for Peace in Indochina

12 Vietnam and Canadian-American Relations

13 National Unity and Foreign Policy

14 Changing the Meaning of Defence

15 National Security and Social Security

16 The 1970s Begin

17 Parallel Lives: Nixon Meets Trudeau

18 The Pursuit of Promises

19 Canada First, 1976-1984

20 Returning to the Centre

Conclusion: Multilateral by Profession, Muddled by Nature


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