Canada And The End Of Empire by Phillip Buckner

By Phillip Buckner

Sir John Seeley as soon as wrote that the British Empire was once received in "a healthy of absence of mind." regardless of the fact of this remark, it's definitely debatable that the Empire used to be dismantled in the sort of healthy. This assortment bargains with a missed topic in post-Confederation Canadian heritage -- the results to Canada and Canadians of British decolonization and the top of empire.
Canada and the top of Empire seems to be at Canadian diplomatic kin with the uk and the U.S., the Suez quandary, the altering fiscal dating with nice Britain within the Fifties and Sixties, the function of academic and cultural associations in keeping the British connection, the royal journey of 1959, the choice to undertake a brand new flag in 1964, the efforts to discover a formulation for repatriating the structure, the Canadianization of the Royal Canadian military, and the perspective of First countries to the replaced nature of the Anglo-Canadian courting. Historians in Commonwealth nations are likely to view the top of British rule from a nationalist standpoint. Canada and the tip of Empire demanding situations this view and demonstrates the centrality of imperial heritage in Canadian historiography.
An very important addition to the transforming into canon of empire experiences and imperial heritage, this publication should be of curiosity to historians of the Commonwealth, and to students and scholars attracted to the connection among colonialism and nationalism.

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Left to its own devices, it did not seem likely that his government would do so: the first meeting of the newly formed Canada-United Kingdom ministerial committee in April 1967 also proved to be its last. 71 The prospect of a meeting of this group, plus Trudeau’s commitment to a review of foreign policy, including a special study of Europe, provided the Department of External Affairs with the occasion to give some attention to the United Kingdom. The initiative was taken by the assistant under-secretary responsible for economic policy, James Langley.

24 This slight concession was enough, and during the debate on the American motion, Pearson sat quietly until the small hours of the morning. m. ’25 After lunch with UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, who was doubtful that Pearson’s idea would work, the minister returned to Ottawa, where the cabinet endorsed his proposal for an international peacekeeping force. ’26 Pearson returned to New York late in the afternoon of 3 November, bringing the draft with him. There he learned that British reaction to the proposed resolution had been encouraging.

3 More immediate difficulties developed in the Middle East, where Canada grew alarmed in early 1956 at the deteriorating situation in the area. Pearson, Canada’s secretary of state for external affairs, had met Egyptian Prime Minister Gamal Abdel Nasser in late 1955 during a quick tour of the troubled region. ’4 Pearson dismissed American and British suggestions that Nasser was likely to fall easy prey to Soviet intrigue. Instead, he saw Nasser as representative of a resurgent Arab nationalism, whose deepseated opposition to European colonialism would make it difficult for either the West or the Soviet Union to influence developments in the Middle East.

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