Mike's World

Lester B. Pearson and Canadian External Affairs

Edited by Asa McKercher and Galen Roger Perras

  • Published: 2017. Paperback June 2018
  • Subject Listing: Politics; History / Canadian History
  • Bibliographic information: 380 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

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 time as prime minister. Situating Pearson within his times and using him as a lens through which one can 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 assistant professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada. Galen Roger Perras is associate professor of history at the University of Ottawa.

"Had Pearson left politics after his disastrous defeat in 1958, would Canada have had national medicare, the maple leaf flag, official bilingualism, the Canada Pension Plan, racially unrestricted immigration, the unification of the armed forces, and, not least, Pierre Trudeau? Mike's World traces how deeply his imprint remains. For critics and admirers, for better and for worse, Mike Pearson remade Canada."
-from the foreword by John English
Foreword / John English
Introduction: Lester Pearson and Canadian External Affairs / Asa McKercher and Galen Roger Perras

Part 1: The Pearsonian World
1. Pearson and Pearsonianism / Robert Bothwell
2. Pragmatic Peacekeeping: The Pearson Years / Michael K. Carroll
3. Pearson and the United Nations: Tracking the Stoicism of a Frustrated Idealist / Adam Chapnick
4. C'est la Guerre: The Diplomacy of Mike Pearson and Paul Martin / Greg Donaghy
5. Lester Pearson and the Substance of the Sixties / Stephen Azzi

Part 2: Pearson the Pragmatist
6. Lester Pearson, Human Rights, and the United Nations / Jennifer Tunnicliffe
7. Lester Pearson and Arctic Sovereignty: A Case of Un-Pearsonian Diplomacy / Peter Kikkert, Adam Lajeunesse, and P. Whitney Lackenbauer
8. Not So Nobel: Arab Perceptions of Lester Pearson and Canada / Maurice Jr. M. Labelle
9. Friendly Noises but Distant Neighbours: Pearson, Latin America, and the Caribbean / John Dirks
10. A Long Goodbye: Pearson and Britain / Lara Silver

Part 3: Pearson the Idealist
11. A Cold Warrior? Pearson and the Soviet Bloc / Timothy Andrews Sayle
12. Commonwealth Conundrums: Canada and South Asia during the Pearson Era / Ryan Touhey
13. Pearson's Promises and the NATO Nuclear Dilemma / Isabel Campbell
14. Pearson, France, and Quebec's International Personality / Brendan Kelly
15. Pearson and Environmental Diplomacy / Norman Hillmer, Daniel Macfarlane, and Michael W. Manulak

Publications by Lester B. Pearson