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Canada and the United States offers a current, thoughtful assessment of relations between the two countries. Distilling a mass of detail concerning cultural, economic, and political developments of mutual importance over more than two centuries, this survey enables readers to grasp quickly the essence of the shared experience of these two countries.
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Editorial Reviews

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Two respected historians have purposely broadened their approach to their subject, venturing far beyond a mere history of the foreign relations between the United States and Canada. Woven into the text are the political, economic, social, and cultural forces shaping the various bilateral and multilateral relationships within which both countries operated from 1774 up to the NAFTA trade agreement. Pivotal events that had a strong impact on U.S. and Canadian relations included World Wars I and II, the Cold War, trade and immigration/emigration trends, American cultural hegemony, NATO, and the Vietnam War. Thompson and Randall are facile at injecting humorous anecdotes that should keep the general reader's attention and make for easy reading overall. They are sensitive to Canadian perceptions of being frequently taken for granted and treated more or less like any other country by the United States, but the book avoids any U.S. bashing. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-Stephen W. Green, Auraria Lib., Denver
An assessment of the relations between the two neighbors, from the American Revolution to NAFTA. Exploring US-Canadian history both in terms of bilateral developments and America's rise in the 20th century to supremacy in world affairs, the authors find the relationship "intense, close, and cooperative, yet conflictual in both its details and its fundamentals." Paper edition (1619-9), $18.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"Refreshingly sensitive to Canadian misperceptions of the United States as well as to the perennial American ignorance of Canada."--New York Times Book Review

"Informative and entertaining . . . Recount[s] with considerable verve the saga of Canadian-American relations over more than two centuries."--Times Literary Supplement

"An important book that promises to become the standard in the field . . . The reader is rewarded with a fair and insightful historical perspective of the complex North American relationship."--Journal of American History

"This timely volume constitutes a major addition to the growing library of scholarly works on Canadian-American relations. Given the growing importance of this multidimensional relationship even for the United States, one wonders why major studies of this unique bond remain relatively rare. . . . In sum, this important and useful volume, enriched by impressive footnoting and an exceptionally thorough bibliographic essay, deserves careful study and wide circulation. It should be on the reading list of all general courses dealing with Canadian-U.S. relations and it should be acquired by every North American high school, college, and university library. Perhaps most important, every Canadian or U.S. policymaker whose responsibilities include some aspect of Canadian-U.S. relations should know its contents well; this work is probably the best single-volume treatment of the subject to date."--Perspectives on Political Science

"A very solid piece of scholarship, written in a graceful, engaging manner that will appeal to a broad audience of readers."--American Review of Canadian Studies

"A book that will, for years, be the benchmark against which future studies of Canadian-American relations will have to be measured."--Contemporary Sociology

"A refreshing analysis of United States-Canada relations. . . . The book is articulate as well as interesting. . . . Thompson and Randall offer a variety of viewpoints about major historical events and show a commitment to accounting for alternative interpretations within their analytical interpretation."--Canadian Journal of Political Science

"A comprehensive, lively, and opinionated history of Canadian-American relations. The skillful weaving of social and cultural issues and concerns into their story, especially in the latter half of the book, and the placement of United States policy towards Canada with the other states in the hemisphere, are valuable contributions to the analysis of the relationship. . . . The book merits a wide readership by students, scholars, and others in both Canada and the United States.”--Canadian Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773523777
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 432

Meet the Author

John Herd Thompson is a professor of history at Duke University and teaches in Duke’s Canadian Studies Program. His previous books include British Columbia: Land of Promises. Stephen J. Randall, FRSC, is a professor of history and director of the Institute for United States Policy Research at the University of Calgary. His previous books include United States Foreign Oil Policy since World War I.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps

1 Building North American Nation-States, 1774-1871 9

2 Canada in the Shadow of Industrial America, 1871-1903 41

3 Beginning a Bilateral Relationship, 1903-1918 71

4 A Relationship Matures, 1919-1938 99

5 World War to Cold War, 1939-1947 134

6 Canada in the New American Empire, 1948-1960 171

7 The Moose That Roared, 1961-1968 199

8 The Ambivalent Ally, 1968-1984 228

9 Republicans and Tories, 1984-1993 261

10 A North American Trajectory? 1994-2000 284

11 Playing by New American Rules, 2001-2007 302

Epilogue: "Plus ca change..." 333

Appendix U.S.-Canadian Trade 343

Notes 349

Bibliographical Essay 409

Index 429

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