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Perceptions of Cuba

Canadian and American Policies in Comparative Perspective

by (author) Lana Wylie

Publisher
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Initial publish date
Mar 2010
Category
Cuba, General
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781442640610
    Publish Date
    Mar 2010
    List Price
    $68.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781442610071
    Publish Date
    Mar 2010
    List Price
    $32.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442685826
    Publish Date
    Dec 2010
    List Price
    $66
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442699083
    Publish Date
    Mar 2010
    List Price
    $27.95

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In 1976, with the US trade embargo against Cuba underway, Canada's Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau visited the island nation, befriended his counterpart, and exclaimed publicly "Long live Prime Minister Fidel Castro!" During the past half-century of communist rule in Cuba, Canada's policy of engagement with the country has contrasted sharply with the United States' policy of isolation. Based on a series of interviews conducted in Havana, Washington, and Ottawa, Perceptions of Cuba moves beyond traditional economic and political analyses to show that national identities distinct to each country contributed to the formation of their dissimilar foreign policies.

Lana Wylie argues that Canadians and Americans perceive Cuba through different lenses rooted in their respective identities: American exceptionalism made Cuba the polar opposite of the United States, while Canada's self-image as a good international citizen and as 'not American' has allowed the country to engage with the Cuban government. By acknowledging that competing national identities, perceptions, and ideas play a major role in foreign policies, Perceptions of Cuba makes a significant contribution to our understanding of international relations.

About the author

Lana Wylie is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University.

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Editorial Reviews

“Wylie's account of the history of Canada and Cuba is almost nostalgic. What is distinct here? Why Cuba and not countless other places? This is the kind of book that makes one ask more questions. Wylie has provoked a fascinating and much-needed conversation on a new way of thinking about foreign relations.?

Karen Dubinsky: Canadian Historical Review; vol 92:03:2011

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