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In the National Interest: Canadian Foreign Policy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009

Edited by Greg Donaghy and Michael K. Carroll

$34.95 CAD / $41.95 USD (S)

284 pages

6 x 9 inches

978-1-55238-538-8 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-539-5 (Institutional PDF)

Beyond Boundaries: Canadian Defence and Strategic Studies

May 2011

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About the Book

Canada’s role as world power and its sense of itself in the global landscape has been largely shaped and defined over the past 100 years by the changing policies and personalities in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). This engaging and provocative book brings together fifteen of the country’s leading historians and political scientists to discuss a century of Canada’s national interests and DFAIT’s role in defining and pursuing them. Accomplished and influential analysts such as Jack Granatstein, Norman Hillmer, and Nelson Michaud, are joined by rising stars like Whitney Lackenbauer, Adam Chapnick, and Tammy Nemeth in commenting on the history and future implications of Canada’s foreign policy.

In the National Interest gives fresh insight into the Canada First concept in the 1920s, the North American security issues in the 1930s, Canada’s vision for the United Nations, early security warnings in the Arctic, the rise of the international francophone community, conflicting continental visions over energy, and Canada/U.S. policy discussions. The impact of politicians and senior bureaucrats such as O.D. Skelton, Lester B. Pearson, Marcel Cadieux, Jules Leger, Pierre Trudeau and Brian Mulroney are set against issues such as national defence, popular opinion, human rights, and energy production. In the National Interest also provides a platform for discussion about Canada’s future role on the international stage. With its unique combination of administrative and policy history, In the National Interest is in a field of its own.

Greg Donaghy is Head of the Historical Section at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and General Editor of its series, Documents on Canadian External Relations. His publications include Tolerant Allies: Canada and the United States, 1963-68, and the edited collection (with Patricia Roy) Contradictory Impulses: Canada and Japan in the 20th Century.

Michael K. Carroll is an assistant professor of History at Grant MacEwan University. He is also the author of Pearsons Peacekeepers: Canada and the United Nations Emergency Force, 1956-1967.

With Contributions By:  Greg Donaghy, Michael K. Carroll, Norman Hillmer, Galen Roger Perras, Heather Metcalfe, J.L. Grantstein, Adam Chapnick, P. Witney Lackenbauer, Peter Kikkert, Robin S. Gerndron, Michael Hart, Tammy Nemith, Nelson Michaud, Stephen J. Randall, and Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon 

Praise for In the National Interest: 

An excellent collection…  highly recommended to both specialists and general readers alike.

– Jatinder Mann, British Journal of Canadian Studies