“Gems from NATO:” the Canadian War on Jargon in the North Atlantic Alliance’s Formative Years

Sam Eberlee, University of Toronto | The benefits of NATO membership have never been more apparent. But being a part of the North Atlantic alliance has always come with certain unique challenges, not least of which has been reaching consensus among members. NATO has always seemed on the verge of internal collapse. Hidden in Library …

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Publication Notice: CIHC Members Publish New Research

Asa McKercher, “How reliable an ally?”: Surveying American power and credibility after the fall of Saigon—and Kabul," International Journal. Advance online access. Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/00207020221115438 Abstract: The withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, and the subsequent collapse of the Western-backed Afghan government in August 2021, raised doubts in the United States and abroad about the limits …

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Studying Canada’s Cold War? Go East, young scholar … and maybe skip Ottawa

Simon Miles It all started with a finding aid. Trawling through the finding aids at Romania’s Arhivele Naţionale, I came across a run of files on Canadian assistance to the Romanian nuclear program. I knew that Romania’s Cernavodă Nuclear Power Plant runs on a CANDU reactor provided by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, a deal …

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Adam Chapnick on Liberals’ Indo-Pacific Strategy

Adam Chapnick Last week, when the Canadian government announced that it had formed a committee of experts to advise on the development of its forthcoming Asia-Pacific Strategy, I tweeted out a rather flustered response: Not one #historian on this list. Will the political level ever learn? Liberals appoint committee of experts to help build Indo-Pacific …

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A Country Without a History?: Dispatches from a Stuck Historian

Susan Colbourn Access is the coin of the realm for historians. We rely on access to the records of individuals and agencies, using everything from scraps of paper and archived emails to meeting minutes and position papers. Where possible, we often hope to gain access to those intimately involved with our subject of research to …

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John W. Holmes Book Series in Canadian Foreign Policy

The John W. Holmes Book Series in Canadian Foreign Policy This open-access book series, to be published by the University of Calgary Press in partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation, honours and celebrates the intellectual legacy of John Wendell Holmes (1910-1988), one of Canada’s foremost diplomats and foreign policy educators. In the words …

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PRISONERS OF THE PAST? A Conversation about History and Policy

TIM Sayle: Well, folks, here we go. I’ve looked at a contemporary (or future) policy problem and tried to draw on some lessons from the past to inform my thinking and recommendation. I’m talking about my National Post op-ed, “Canada’s new NATO role should be defending North America.” I noted that I think NATO is …

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Just What are They Trying to Protect?: Redactions to Records on Intelligence and International Affairs and the Writing of Canadian History

By Alan Barnes In recent decades, Canadian historians have become reliant on the Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) process for the release of government historical records. This was not supposed to happen: when the Access to Information Act (ATIA) was passed in 1983 it was not intended to replace the existing mechanisms for declassifying …

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Historical Research Officer: Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada is hiring a Historical Research Officer. Reporting to the Head of the Historical Section at Global Affairs Canada, the Historical Research Officer contributes to the Section’s research and outreach programs designed to promote greater understanding of the history of Canadian diplomacy and international relations, including such flagship research projects as the Documents …

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“‘Posting a chap’: Attaching a Canadian intelligence officer to British intelligence in Cold War Germany”

Timothy Andrews Sayle, University of Toronto | This is a short description of a minor episode – a small snapshot of Canada’s intelligence history. On one hand, it is little more than a factual description of correspondence between offices in London and between London and Ottawa, all of it making arrangements for a Canadian to …

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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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