Patricia E. Roy is the winner of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, Canadian Historical Association.
Canada’s early participation in the Asia-Pacific region was hindered by “contradictory impulses” shaping its approach. For over half a century, racist restrictions curtailed immigration from Japan, even as Canadians manoeuvred for access to the fabled wealth of the Orient. Canada’s relations with Japan have changed profoundly since then. In Contradictory Impulses, leading scholars draw upon the most recent archival research to examine an important bilateral relationship that has matured in fits and starts over the past century. As they makes clear, the two countries’ political, economic, and diplomatic interests are now more closely aligned than ever before and wrapped up in a web of reinforcing cultural and social ties.
Contradictory Impulses is a comprehensive study of the social, political, and economic interactions between Canada and Japan from the late nineteenth century until today.
About the authors
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.
- Winner, Patricia E. Roy is the recipient of the Canadian Historical Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for 2013.
Contradictory Impulses with its wide range of essays and comprehensive suggestions for further reading, is an important contribution to the literature on Canada and the Pacific in the twentieth century. The book is a welcome contribution to a field still dominated by scholarly interests in Canada and the Anglo-American world and where Canada's connections with Asia and the Pacific are too often ignored or mentioned only in passing.
Contradictory Impulses: Canada and Japan in the Twentieth CenturyThis book comprises fourteen papers delivered to honour the 75th anniversary of CanadianJapanese diplomatic relations. The volume presents the position that while Canada has long had a worldview that includes Asia, the Pacific and Japan, this has had both positive and negative manifestations. Racist restrictions and relocation of Japanese-Canadian citizens during WWII to close economic ties post-WWII and a burgeoning trade investment and diplomatic relationship through the 1990s, the papers chart the vicissitudes of Canadian-Japanese relations. The book also documents Japanese immigration and the Suian Maruaffair, and perceptions of Japan’s military threat to Canada.
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Other titles by Greg Donaghy
Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds
Canadian Women and the Search for Global Order
A Samaritan State Revisited
Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid
Canada's Department of External Affairs, Volume 3
Innovation and Adaptation, 1968-1984
From Kinshasa to Kandahar
Canada and Fragile States in Historical Perspective
The Life and Politics of Paul Martin Sr.
In the National Interest
Canadian Foreign Policy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009
Architects and Innovators/Architectes et Innovateurs
Building the Department of Foreign and International Trade, 1909-2009/le développement du ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Commerce international, 1909-2009
Diplomat and Scholar
Canada and the United States, 1963-1968