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.
Other titles by Robert Bothwell
Insiders Reflect on Foreign Policy, Trade, and Defence, 1968-84
Whose Man in Havana?
Adventures from the Far Side of Diplomacy
Your Country, My Country
A Unified History of the United States and Canada
Canada's National Uranium Company
Canada and Quebec
One Country, Two Histories: Revised Edition
A Traveller's History of Canada
Canada Among Nations, 2008
100 Years of Canadian Foreign Policy
Alliance and Illusion
Canada and the World, 1945-1984