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Canada’s Voice

The Public Life of John Wendell Holmes

It is hard to imagine a person who embodied the ideals of postwar Canadian foreign policy more than John Wendell Holmes. Holmes joined the foreign service in 1943, headed the Canadian Institute of International Affairs from 1960 to 1973, and, as a professor of international relations, mentored a generation of students and scholars. This book charts the life of a diplomat and public intellectual who influenced both how scholars and statespeople abroad viewed Canada and how Canadians saw themselves on the world stage.

384 pages

Table of Contents



1 The Early Years

2 External Affairs’ New Golden Boy

3 The Rising Star

4 John Holmes’ Golden Age

5 Descending through the Diefenbaker Era

6 Ruin and Recovery

7 Headfirst into the CIIA

8 A Diplomat in Action

9 1967: A Year of Transition

10 Breaking Free from the Institute

11 Freedom, Passion, and Frustration

12 Older and Wiser

13 Regrets and Renewal

14 Saying Goodbye




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