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Political Science Political Freedom

Canada, the Congo Crisis, and UN Peacekeeping, 1960-64

by (author) Kevin A. Spooner

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2010
Political Freedom, Diplomacy, General, Canada
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In 1960 the Republic of Congo teetered near collapse as its first government struggled to cope with civil unrest and mutinous armed forces. When the UN established a peacekeeping operation to deal with the crisis, the Canadian government faced a difficult decision. Should it support the intervention? By offering one of the first detailed accounts of Canadian involvement in a UN peacekeeping mission, Kevin Spooner reveals that Canada’s involvement was not a certainty: the Diefenbaker government had immediate and ongoing reservations about the mission, reservations that challenge cherished notions of Canada’s commitment to the UN and its status as a peacekeeper.

About the author


  • Winner, C.P. Stacey Award, Canadian Historical Committee for the History of the Second World War and for Military History

Contributor Notes

Kevin Spooner is an associate professor of North American studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.