Pearson's Peacekeepers: Canada and the United Nations Emergency Force, 1956-67

Pearson's Peacekeepers: Canada and the United Nations Emergency Force, 1956-67

by Michael K. Carroll
     
 

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In 1957, Lester Pearson won the Nobel Peace Prize for creating the United Nations Emergency Force during the Suez crisis. The award established Canada's reputation as a peacekeeping nation but it also launched a national love affair with peace-keeping that has obscured more complex historical realities.

Pearson's Peacekeepers explores the reality behind the

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In 1957, Lester Pearson won the Nobel Peace Prize for creating the United Nations Emergency Force during the Suez crisis. The award established Canada's reputation as a peacekeeping nation but it also launched a national love affair with peace-keeping that has obscured more complex historical realities.

Pearson's Peacekeepers explores the reality behind the rhetoric by offering a comprehensive account of the UN's first major peacekeeping operation. The UNEF eased tensions and kept peace along the Egyptian-Israeli border for more than a decade, yet it faced tremendous challenges from its creation and its abrupt withdrawal paved the way for further hostilities between Israel and Egypt during the Six Day War. By providing a nuanced account of Canada's participation in the UNEF, this book not only challenges perceived notions of Canada's past, it will help students, policy-makers, and concerned citizens to more accurately evaluate international peacekeeping efforts in the present.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780774815826
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
02/15/2010
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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W.A.B. Douglas
Pearson’s Peacekeepers brilliantly sums up the significance of the UNEF experience, which was both a failure and a wonderful achievement. Carroll’s book is a major original contribution to the field. He shows that, although a so-called classic example of peacekeeping, UNEF has far more relevance to current Canadian operations in response to international crises than is generally thought.

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