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Political Science General

Canada and the United States

The Politics of Partnership

by (author) Robert Bothwell

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Apr 1992
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    Apr 1992
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Good fences make good neighbours, it is said. Has the 49th parallel been a good fence? Historian Robert Bothwell, with characteristic wit and insight, explores the natures of Canada's relations over the past two hundred years with its closest naighbour.

The United States has always played a huge part in Canadian life; aside from proximity, the similarities in economic structures and political instituions reinforce the importance of the relationship. But as Bothwell points out, other forces have significantly shaped Canada-US affairs; most notable are Canadian concerns with national and cultural identity. Ultimately, he argues, the key factor in the evolving relationship between the two countries has been the Canadian struggle to accommodate nationalist movements while maintaining a sense of community with its neighbour.

About the author

Robert Bothwell is professor of history and director of the International Relations Program at the University of Toronto.Jean Daudelin is assistant professor at The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University.

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