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Canadians and the American Century, 1945–60

An in-depth analysis of American influence on postwar Canada.

In 1941, influential US publishing magnate Henry Luce declared the world was in the midst of the first great American century, believing his nation held the power and vision to lead and transform the world. What did a newly outward-looking and hegemonic United States mean for its northern neighbor? This sharp-eyed study provides a unique look at postwar Canada, bringing to the fore the opinions and perceptions of a broad range of Canadians—from consumers to diplomats, jazz musicians to urban planners, and a diverse cross-section in between. As they grappled with issues including constitutional reform, transit policy, national security, the arrival of television, white supremacy, and postwar domesticity, Canadians were ever mindful of the unfolding American experience and its influence.

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