Alliance and Illusion

Canada and the World, 1945-1984

Robert Bothwell

  • Published: 2007. Paperback 2008
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 480 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Alliance and Illusion is the definitive assessment of Canadian foreign policy in the modern era. A nuanced study of Canada's political leaders and the international influences that have driven external affairs, it gives invaluable context to today's policy dilemmas. Essential reading for Canadian foreign policy makers, analysts, scholars, and students, as well as Canadian history and foreign affairs enthusiasts.

"A book of great sophistication - fluently composed, and with flare; wearing its considerable learning lightly; and written by an author in full command of his field. Not only is it the first sustained historical treatment of Canadian foreign policy post-war, but it is also a rumination on the Canadian condition in years of achievement and fragility, a paradox that Bothwell captures brilliantly. Every page crackles with good writing and good sense."
-Norman Hillmer, co-author of From Umpire to Empire: Canada and the World into the Twenty-First Century
1. Construction and Reconstruction: Canada in 1945
2. Real Prosperity and Illusory Diplomacy
3. Realigning Canadian Foreign Policy, 1945-1947
4. Dividing the World, 1947-1949
5. Confronting a Changing Asia, 1945-1950
6. From Korea to the Rhine
7. The Era of Good Feeling, 1953-1957
8. Diefenbaker and the Dwindling British Connection
9. Nuclear Nightmares, 1957-1963
10. Innocence at Home: Economic Diplomacy in the 1960s
11. Innocence Abroad: Fumbling for Peace in Indochina
12. Vietnam and Canadian-American Relations
13. National Unity and Foreign Policy
14. Changing the Meaning of Defence
15. National Security and Social Security
16. The 1970s Begin
17. Parallel Lives: Nixon Meets Trudeau
18. The Pursuit of Promises
19. Canada First, 1976-1984
20. Returning to the Centre
Conclusion: Multilateral by Profession, Muddled by Nature
Further Reading and a Note on Sources