Greg Donaghy: Remembering a Scholar, Mentor, and Friend

*Please post a comment or memory at the bottom of this page if you wish to write a short message about Greg. -- By Asa McKercher, Royal Military College of Canada On 1 July 2020, Greg Donaghy died. The director of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto and …

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Remembering Gregory Owen Donaghy, September 8, 1961 – July 1, 2020

The Canadian International History Committee/Comité d'histoire internationale du Canada is deeply saddened by the passing of historian Greg Donaghy, a long-time mentor, colleague and friend to our entire community. Greg Donaghy joined the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History as Director on 1 July 2019, after serving as Head of the Historical Section, Global …

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Brendan Kelly (The Good Fight) Wins 2020 John Wesley Dafoe Book Prize

The CIH/HIC is delighted to share the news and offer its congratulations to historian Brendan Kelly, recently named winner of the 2020 John Wesley Dafoe Book Prize for The Good Fight: Marcel Cadieux and Canadian Diplomacy. The Good Fight is published by UBC Press as part of its vibrant C.D. Howe Series in Canadian Political …

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Listening in on Brian Mulroney and George H.W. Bush

By Asa McKercher, Royal Military College of Canada | As several recent articles attest, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney is experiencing a renaissance of sorts. Although he left the Prime Minister’s Office amid scandal and historically low approval ratings – indeed in the election held soon after his departure, the Progressive Conservative Party was …

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How a colonial dispute almost stopped NATO from forming

By David Webster, Bishop's University | Seventy years ago, delegates from Canada, the United States and ten European governments fulfilled the dream of many policymakers in Ottawa as they signed the North Atlantic Treaty. Signed on 4 April 1949, the pact marks the birth of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), formalized a little bit …

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Launch of Canada Declassified

There is an exciting new historical research resource available online. Canada Declassified is a digital repository of government records declassified under the Canadian Access to Information Act. The holdings span the whole of the Cold War period from 1945 through 1991, the vast majority being government records declassified by the Access to Information and Privacy …

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Concept of Operations in the Event of Unlimited Nuclear War, 1957–1963

By Andrew Zhao, 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 Humanities Institute's 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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US Investigation of Canadians During the Second Red Scare, 1953-1957

By Alexandra Southgate, 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 Humanities Institute's 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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Canada, NATO, and Global Strategy: 1952–1953

By Daria Mancino, 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 Humanities Institute's 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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Preparing for the Warm War: Implications of a Defeat in Korea, 1950–1951

By Andrew Zhao, 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 Humanities Institute's 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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Consultations and Canopies: Canadian Reactions to Truman’s Atomic Warning, 1950-1951

By Daria Mancino, 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 Humanities Institute's 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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Draft History of US-UK-Canadian Atomic Energy Cooperation

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 Humanities Institute's 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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Canada and the Second Berlin Crisis

By Alexandra Southgate, 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 Humanities Institute’s 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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“No Annihilation without Consultation”: Canada and the New Look, 1954

By Darcy Taylor, 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 Humanities Institute's 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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“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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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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