The Middle Power Project: Canada and the Founding of the United Nations

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UBC Press, Oct 1, 2007 - History - 224 pages
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The Middle Power Project describes a defining period of Canadian and international history. During the Second World War, Canada transformed itself from British dominion to self-proclaimed middle power. It became an active, enthusiastic, and idealistic participant in the creation of one of the longest lasting global institutions of recent times -- the United Nations. This was, in many historians' opinions, the beginning of a golden age in Canadian diplomacy.

Chapnick suggests that the golden age may not have been so lustrous. During the UN negotiations, Canadian policymakers were more cautious than idealistic. The civil service was inexperienced and often internally divided. Canada's significant contributions were generally limited to the much neglected economic and social fields. Nevertheless, creating the UN changed what it meant to be Canadian. Rightly or wrongly, from the establishment of the UN onwards, Canadians would see themselves as leading internationalists.

Based on materials not previously available to Canadian scholars, The Middle Power Project presents a critical reassessment of the traditional and widely accepted account of Canada's role and interests in the formation of the United Nations. It will be be read carefully by historians and political scientists, and will be appreciated by general readers with an interest in Canadian and international history.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Two Steps Behind Beginnings through January 1942
7
Canada and the UNRRA January 1942November 1943
22
Canada and the New Internationalism January 1942November 1943
36
5 Canada the British Commonwealth and the New World Order February 1943March 1944
52
6 Forked Roads November 1943July 1944
65
7 Disappointment at Dumbarton Oaks AprilOctober 1944
78
8 Middle Power Politics October 1944April 1945
95
9 The Public Road to San Francisco October 1944April 1945
115
Canada at San Francisco AprilJune 1945
126
11 Shaping History JuneOctober 1945
139
Cherishing Illusions
149
Notes
153
Bibliography
189
Index
207
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Adam Chapnick is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in History at Carleton University.

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