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Mike’s World

Lester B. Pearson and Canadian External Affairs

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Mike’s World

Lester B. Pearson and Canadian External Affairs

Although fifty years have passed since Lester Pearson stepped down as prime minister, he still influences debates about Canada’s role in the world. Mike’s World explores the myths surrounding Pearsonianism to explain why he remains such a touchstone for understanding Canadian foreign policy. Leading scholars dig deeply into his diplomatic and political career, especially during the 1960s and his tenure as prime minister. Situating Pearson within his times and using him as a lens through which to analyze Canadians’ views of global affairs, this nuanced collection wrestles with the contradictions of Pearson and Pearsonianism and, ultimately, with the resulting myths surrounding Canada’s role in the world.

380 pages


Table of Contents

Foreword / John English

Introduction: Lester Pearson and Canadian External Affairs / Asa McKercher and Galen Roger Perras

Part 1: The Pearsonian World

1 Pearson and Pearsonianism / Robert Bothwell

2 Pragmatic Peacekeeping: The Pearson Years / Michael K. Carroll

3 Pearson and the United Nations: Tracking the Stoicism of a Frustrated Idealist / Adam Chapnick

4 C’est la Guerre: The Diplomacy of Mike Pearson and Paul Martin / Greg Donaghy

5 Lester Pearson and the Substance of the Sixties / Stephen Azzi

Part 2: Pearson the Pragmatist

6 Lester Pearson, Human Rights, and the United Nations / Jennifer Tunnicliffe

7 Lester Pearson and Arctic Sovereignty: A Case of Un-Pearsonian Diplomacy / Peter Kikkert, Adam Lajeunesse, and P. Whitney Lackenbauer

8 Not So Nobel: Arab Perceptions of Lester Pearson and Canada / Maurice Jr. M. Labelle

9 Friendly Noises but Distant Neighbours: Pearson, Latin America, and the Caribbean / John Dirks

10 A Long Goodbye: Pearson and Britain / Lara Silver

Part 3: Pearson the Idealist

11 A Cold Warrior? Pearson and the Soviet Bloc / Timothy Andrews Sayle

12 Commonwealth Conundrums: Canada and South Asia during the Pearson Era / Ryan Touhey

13 Pearson’s Promises and the NATO Nuclear Dilemma / Isabel Campbell

14 Pearson, France, and Quebec’s International Personality / Brendan Kelly

15 Pearson and Environmental Diplomacy / Norman Hillmer, Daniel Macfarlane, and Michael W. Manulak

Publications by Lester B. Pearson; Index

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