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The Middle Power Project

Canada and the Founding of the United Nations

The Middle Power Project describes a defining period of Canadian and international history. During the Second World War, Canada transformed itself from British dominion to self-proclaimed middle power. It became an active, enthusiastic, and idealistic participant in the creation of one of the longest lasting global institutions of recent times -- the United Nations. This was, in many historians’ opinions, the beginning of a golden age in Canadian diplomacy.

224 pages


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments / ix

Acronyms / xiii

1 Introduction / 1

2 Two Steps Behind (Beginnings through January 1942) / 7

3 Private Failure: Canada and the UNRRA (January 1942--November 1943) / 22

4 Public Success: Canada and the New Internationalism (January 1942--November 1943) / 36

5 Canada, the British Commonwealth, and the New World Order (February 1943--March 1944) / 52

6 Forked Roads (November 1943--July 1944) / 65

7 Disappointment at Dumbarton Oaks (April--October 1944) / 78

8 Middle Power Politics (October 1944--April 1945) / 95

9 The Public Road to San Francisco (October 1944--April 1945) / 115

10 Growing Up: Canada at San Francisco (April--June 1945) / 126

11 Shaping History (June--October 1945) / 139

Epilogue: Cherishing Illusions / 149

Notes / 153

Bibliography / 189

Index / 207

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