The C.D. Howe Series in Canadian Political History


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Series editors: Robert Bothwell and John English

This series offers fresh perspectives on Canadian political history and public policy from over the past century. Its purpose is to encourage scholars to write and publish on all aspects of the nation's political history, including the origins, administration, and significance of economic policies; the social foundations of politics and political parties; transnational influences on Canadian public life; and the biographies of key public figures. In doing so, the series fills large gaps in our knowledge about recent Canadian history and makes accessible to a broader audience the background necessary to understand contemporary public-political issues.

The series originated with a grant from the C.D. Howe Memorial Foundation and is further supported by the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History.

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Canada’s Prime Ministers and the Shaping of a National Identity

UBC Press

What is Canada? This new look at “Canada” shows how the country’s prime ministers have consciously worked to shape national identity through their speeches and rhetoric.

  • Copyright year: 2024
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Building a Special Relationship

Canada-US Relations in the Eisenhower Era, 1953–61

UBC Press

This book takes a compelling look at how bilateral diplomacy in an era wracked by the Cold War created a culture of cooperation between Canada and the United States that endures to the present day.

  • Copyright year: 2024
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North of America

Canadians and the American Century, 1945–60

UBC Press

North of America takes a fresh, sharp-eyed look at how Canadians of all stripes reacted to political, economic, and cultural events and influences emanating from postwar America.

  • Copyright year: 2023
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Statesmen, Strategists, and Diplomats

Canada’s Prime Ministers and the Making of Foreign Policy

Foreword by John R. English; Edited by Patrice Dutil
UBC Press

Statesmen, Strategists, and Diplomats is an incisive look at the history of Canadian foreign policy through the actions of prime ministers from Sir John A. Macdonald to Justin Trudeau.

  • Copyright year: 2023
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People, Politics, and Purpose

Biography and Canadian Political History

UBC Press

People, Politics, and Purpose investigates the roles and reputations of a wide array of political actors, offering insight into Canada’s place in the world and stimulating fresh thinking about political biography.

  • Copyright year: 2022
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A Cooperative Disagreement

Canada-United States Relations and Revolutionary Cuba, 1959–93

UBC Press

Agree to disagree? A Cooperative Disagreement demonstrates how Canada and the United States – neighbours by geography and close allies by design – successfully kept their differences over revolutionary Cuba from permanently damaging their relationship.

  • Copyright year: 2022
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A Long Way to Paradise

A New History of British Columbia Politics

UBC Press

A Long Way to Paradise is a lively account of the personalities and ideas that shaped the first hundred years of BC politics and created one of Canada’s most fractious and dynamic political scenes.

  • Copyright year: 2021
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The Rowell-Sirois Commission and the Remaking of Canadian Federalism

UBC Press

The Rowell-Sirois Commission and the Remaking of Canadian Federalism reveals the commission’s impact on the high politics of federal-provincial relations and its legacy for Canadian federalism today.

  • Copyright year: 2021
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Canadian Foreign Policy

Reflections on a Field in Transition

Edited by Brian Bow and Andrea Lane
UBC Press

Canadian Foreign Policy brings together leading scholars in a lively, engaging meditation on the current state and future direction of the Canadian foreign policy discipline, and on how we see Canada in the world.

  • Copyright year: 2020
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The Unexpected Louis St-Laurent

Politics and Policies for a Modern Canada

Edited by Patrice Dutil
UBC Press

In this invigorating reappraisal of Louis St-Laurent and his government, leading Canadian historians and political scientists investigate the impact of an overlooked political figure whose innovative policies moved Canada into the modern era.

  • Copyright year: 2020
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The Nuclear North

Histories of Canada in the Atomic Age

UBC Press

The Nuclear North investigates Canada’s place in the grey area between nuclear and non-nuclear to explore how this has shaped Canadians’ understanding of their country and its policies.

  • Copyright year: 2020
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Challenge the Strong Wind

Canada and East Timor, 1975–99

UBC Press

Challenge the Strong Wind recounts the story of Canadian policy toward East Timor from the 1975 invasion to the 1999 vote for independence, demonstrating that historical accounts need to include both government and non-governmental perspectives.

  • Copyright year: 2020
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The Good Fight

Marcel Cadieux and Canadian Diplomacy

UBC Press

The Good Fight is the insightful and entertaining biography of arguably the most important francophone diplomat and civil servant in Canadian history.

  • Copyright year: 2019
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Prime Ministerial Power in Canada

Its Origins under Macdonald, Laurier, and Borden

UBC Press

Using innovative methods, this book shows how prime ministerial power was centralized from the very beginning of Confederation by Macdonald, Laurier, and Borden.

  • Copyright year: 2017
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The Call of the World

A Political Memoir

UBC Press, On Point Press

In this fiercely intelligent memoir, Bill Graham – Canada’s minister of foreign affairs and minister of defence during the tumultuous years following 9/11 – takes us on a personal journey through a period of upheaval in global and domestic politics, arguing that global institutions based on international law offer the best hope for a safer, more prosperous, and just world.

  • Copyright year: 2016
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Grit

The Life and Politics of Paul Martin Sr.

UBC Press

Grit examines the remarkable life and political career of Paul Martin Sr., a liberal reformer and cabinet minister from 1945 to 1968, who championed health care and pension rights, new meanings for Canadian citizenship, and internationalism in world affairs.

  • Copyright year: 2015
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