“Brief Vodka Honeymoons”: Strategic Canadian Estimations from Moscow, 1943-46

By Elisabetta Kerr, University of Toronto | This blog post accompanies the release of a digital briefing book, created in May 2018 by a team of University of Toronto undergraduate students participating in the Jackman Humanitie's Institutes Scholars-in-Residence research program. Part of an ongoing series, Canada Declassified's digital briefing books include key documents from recently …

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Back to the Future: Brexit Britain, Canada, & the Commonwealth

Iain Johnston-White, Roehampton University | The Commonwealth enjoyed some unexpected interest in 2016, at least in the UK. The ‘Vote Leave’ campaign in Britain’s EU referendum made big claims for the Commonwealth. Brexiteers hailed the Commonwealth as a global network and source of post-Brexit trading partners, breaking the cycle of four-year interludes (punctuated by the …

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The Other Golden Age: Rethinking Seasons of Canadian Diplomacy

By Antony Anderson | It’s not surprising that contemporary commentators and historians would become so taken by what came to be called the Golden Age of Canadian Diplomacy. After all, that period from the 1940s into the late 1950s glittered with so much international creativity and unlike the dreary, quasi-isolationist 1920s and 1930s, Canadian diplomats …

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Selling Canada the Good Neighbour

By Susan Colbourn, University of Toronto | In February 1983, the Canadian government ran a series of advertisements in the Washington Post, touting the unique relationship between Canada and the United States. Invoking a long history of cooperation and problem-solving, the ads tried to burnish Canada’s credentials as a trading partner and ally with taglines …

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Rethinking Religion’s Role in International Relations

By David Webster, Bishop's University | How much does religion matter in global affairs? A seemingly undiplomatic topic, religion can actually tell us quite a bit about diplomatic history. Take the case of Burma, which in 1953 decided to refuse any more development aid money from the United States. Prime Minister U Nu made the …

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Transparency, Access, and History in the 21st Century

[This post first appeared in the Canadian Historical Association’s Bulletin (now Intersections), 43:3, 2017, p. 17.] By Timothy Andrews Sayle, University of Toronto | The Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada hosted a three-day conference on “Transparency in the 21st Century” in March 2017 to explore and compare access to information regimes in Canada …

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People, Politics, and Purpose: A Symposium in Honour of John English

People, Politics, and Purpose: Biography and the Structure(s) of Canada since 1939 This one-day symposium honours the long and distinguished career of Professor John English, whose scholarly, political, and administrative work has shaped the study of history, biography, and international affairs in Canada. Long-time collaborators and former students of Professor English will speak about their …

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International Journal Volume 73, Issue 1 (March 2018)

The latest issue of International Journal: Canada's Journal of Global Policy Analysis has been published. For more information, click on the links below: Editors' Introduction Contents Scholarly Essays AWOL: Canada’s defence policy and presence in the Asia Pacific David Dewitt, Mary Young, Alex Brouse, Jinelle Piereder Seeing ASEAN as a platform for spreading liberalism Ki-Hyun …

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Telling Canada’s International Story: Reflections on the Scholarly Process

Adam Chapnick, Canadian Forces College | It’s been 20 years since I first entered what was then the National Archives of Canada to study Canadian international history. I didn’t realize it then, but reflecting back, it is now clear that I joined the community of historians of Canadian diplomacy at a time when archival research …

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The ‘Imperial Turn’ in Canadian History

Graeme Thompson, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History | Nearly twenty years ago, historian A.G. Hopkins made the case for the revival of British imperial history. At the end of the twentieth century – a century shaped by decolonization and the emergence of postcolonial nation-states across the globe – this was perhaps a surprising …

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Natural Security: Conceptualizing Canada-U.S. Environmental Diplomacy

Daniel Macfarlane, Western Michigan University | This post was originally published on NiCHE’s The Otter. | In late April 2017 I had the privilege of attending and presenting at a workshop at McMaster University titled "Undiplomatic History: Rethinking Canada in the World." Organized by Asa McKercher and Phil Van Huizen, this gathering brought together scholars …

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No Truck or Trade with Trump? The Puzzling Absence of anti-NAFTA Sentiment in Canada

Asa McKercher | A version of this post originally appeared at ActiveHistory.ca | There is a certain delicious irony in that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will speak later today at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Not only did Trudeau’s father and the Great Communicator have a famously tense relationship, but the notion that Trudeau will …

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Russia, Not Russia: The Tweet Heard Round the World

Andrew Burtch, Carleton University | On the evening of 27 August 2014, Canada’s permanent mission to NATO tweeted out a tongue-in-cheek response to claims that Russian troops had entered Crimea by “mistake” or had “gotten lost” during the occupation and de-facto annexation of the peninsula. It read: “Geography can be tough. Here’s a guide for …

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CFP: Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Workshop – Toronto, July 2018

*** Call for Paper Proposals *** Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Workshop Toronto, 12 July 2018 The Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Project invites paper proposals for a one-day workshop on the history of Canadian foreign intelligence to be held at the University of Toronto on July 12, 2018. Paper topics might include (but are not limited …

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Skyhawk, Skyshield, and the Re-Classification of Canadian History

Timothy Andrews Sayle, University of Toronto | UPDATE: both Complaints discussed below have been resolved in full, with all information released. See the bottom of the page for a full update. I want to preface this note by saying that the ATIP shop at Library and Archives Canada has been doing exceptionally good work over …

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A Few Thoughts on Canadian International History

Susan Colbourn, University of Toronto | The idea of Canadian international history has made a bit of a splash in recent years. David Meren lamented the "tragedies of Canadian international history," sparking a lively roundtable with John English, Adam Chapnick, and Dominique Marshall in the Canadian Historical Review in late 2015. Elsewhere, Asa McKercher and …

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CIH/HIC Blog Launch: Canadian Eyes Only

Canadian Eyes Only Canadian Eyes Only is the official blog of the Canadian International History Committee. The blog launches in February 2018, so please check back then. If you're interested in writing for the blog, we welcome submissions at any time. We’re looking for short and accessible posts that discuss Canadian international history, broadly conceived. …

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CFP: 1968 in Canada, Sept. 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS 1968 in Canada: A Year and its Legacies A One-Day Scholarly Colloquium Colloquium Dates and Venue: September 28, 2018 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier St, Gatineau, QC K1A 0M8, Canada Proposals Due: April 1, 2018 The Center for the Study of Canada at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh …

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Ambassador Arthur R. Menzies fonds now available at LAC

Are you interested in discovering the extraordinary story of a Canadian who was born in China and later returned to the People’s Republic of China as Ambassador of Canada? Would you like to learn about the subtleties and the depth of the work performed by Canada’s ambassadors abroad? Thanks to the recent acquisition of the …

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CFP: Nuclear Histories of Canada, Sept. 2018

Call for Paper Proposals - Nuclear Histories of Canada We invite paper proposals on Canadian nuclear history, broadly conceived. The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History will host a one-day workshop in late September 2018, focusing on the role of nuclear issues in Canadian history. We encourage submissions dealing with a wide range of …

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Mike’s World: Lester B. Pearson and Canadian External Affairs

Publication Notice Mike’s World: Lester B. Pearson and Canadian External Affairs. Asa McKercher and Galen Roger Perras. Eds. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2017. Although fifty years have passed since Lester Pearson stepped down as prime minister, he still influences debates about Canada’s role in the world. Known as “Mike” to his friends, he …

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CFP: CIH/HIC-sponsored panels for the CHA, Regina May 2018

The Canadian International History Committee (CIH/HIC) seeks submissions for sponsored panels for the Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting to be held in Regina in May 2018. Panels that concern the conference themes are encouraged as well as those that focus on transnational perspectives of Canadian International History. Due to our affiliation with the CHA, the …

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