Although fifty years have passed since Lester Pearson stepped down as prime minister, he still influences debates about Canada’s role in the world. Mike’s World explores the myths surrounding Pearsonianism to explain why he remains such a touchstone for understanding Canadian foreign policy. Leading scholars dig deeply into his diplomatic and political career, especially during the 1960s and his tenure as prime minister. Situating Pearson within his times and using him as a lens through which to analyze Canadians’ views of global affairs, this nuanced collection wrestles with the contradictions of Pearson and Pearsonianism and, ultimately, with the resulting myths surrounding Canada’s role in the world.
Asa McKercher is an assistant professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada. His writing has appeared in a variety of journals including Diplomatic History, International History Review, and Canadian Historical Review. He is also the author of Camelot and Canada: Canadian-American Relations in the Kennedy Era.
Galen Roger Perras is an associate professor of history at the University of Ottawa. His books include Stepping Stones to Nowhere: The Aleutian Islands, Alaska, and American Military Strategy, 1867-1945 and Franklin Roosevelt and the Origins of the Canadian-American Security Alliance, 1933-1945: Necessary but Not Necessary Enough.
The essay format, where the authors are able to drill down deeply into many specific areas, helps illustrate many elements of Mr Pearson’s career which are likely unknown to even the most expert reader.