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Political Science Diplomacy

Fire and the Full Moon

Canada and Indonesia in a Decolonizing World

by (author) David Webster

Publisher
UBC Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2010
Category
Diplomacy, Post-Confederation (1867-)
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780774859158
    Publish Date
    Jan 2010
    List Price
    $99.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780774816847
    Publish Date
    Jan 2010
    List Price
    $32.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780774816830
    Publish Date
    Sep 2009
    List Price
    $95.00

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Description

Our image of Canada’s postwar foreign policy is dominated by the Cold War, while the story of Canada’s response to decolonization in the Global South is less well known. This book explores Canadian-Indonesian relations to determine whether Canada’s postwar foreign policy was guided by an overarching set of altruistic principles. It shows that Canada remained a loyal member of the Western alliance. Canada wanted developing countries to follow its own non-revolutionary model of decolonization and paid little attention to violations of human rights. Webster’s reassessment of Canada’s foreign-policy objectives in Indonesia, and of its own national image, will appeal to students of diplomatic history interested in Asia and the developing world.

About the author

David Webster teaches international and Asian history topics with a focus on the 20th century at Bishop’s University. He is the author of Fire and the Full Moon: Canada and Indonesia in a Decolonizing World. Previously he was collection editor of East Timor: Testimony (Between the Lines, 2004). His research focuses on trans-Pacific interactions between Canada and Asia, and on the diplomacy of independence movements in Asia.

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