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Walter Gordon and the rise of Canadian nationalism [electronic resource] /
Stephen Azzi.
Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, c1999.
xv, 300 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0773518401 (acid-free paper)
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Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, c1999.
0773518401 (acid-free paper)
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-291) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Stephen Azzi teaches history at Carleton University
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2000-01-01:
Walter Gordon, a Toronto accountant and financier, came to embody the new nationalism that was so strong a force in Canada in the 1960s and '70s. A skillful practitioner of cross-border finance, Gordon convinced himself--and countless others--that American investment posed a threat to Canadian independence. As Minister of Finance in Prime Minister Lester Pearson's first administration, Gordon presented a nationalist budget and was humiliated when the response from Canadian business and Wall Street forced him to recant. His political power curtailed, Gordon used his wealth and his close connections with The Toronto Star to press the nationalist agenda. The Trudeau government, not especially interested in economic nationalism, nonetheless responded to Gordon's pressure and introduced some of his ideas into law. Subsequent governments promptly gutted them. Azzi's study is competent and generally adequately written and researched. The author lacks a sure hand, however, when he writes about Canadian-American economic diplomacy, something quite critical in Gordon's years in government. Although Azzi adds nuance to what is known of Gordon, it is questionable if this study was truly necessary after Gordon's autobiography and a very competent biography. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. L. Granatstein; Canadian War Museum
Review Quotes
"Walter Gordon and the Rise of Canadian Nationalism" offers a new perspective on a major figure and a major issue of recent Canadian politics ... [it is an] expert presentation of the life and career of Walter Gordon." David Smith, Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan. "a very important intellectual current in English Canada ... a superior study of the Pearson government which adds important new material on the evolution of its economic and social policies." Pat Brennan, Department of History, University of Calgary.
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This text is an examination of the origins of Walter Gordon's nationalist ideology and its impact on Canada. It traces his ideas from his family influences to his work as a chartered accountant and head of a small conglomerate.
Main Description
Walter Gordon and the Rise of Canadian Nationalism is an examination of the origins of Walter Gordon's nationalist ideology and its impact on Canada. It traces his ideas from his family influences and the intellectual currents present in his early years to his work as a chartered accountant, public servant, and head of a small conglomerate. Drawing on extensive interviews and impressive research, Azzi provides not only a biography of an important political figure but a significant study of the political and intellectual controversies that Gordon and his ideas created, shedding light on the larger political and economic questions of the postwar era.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Illustrationsp. xvii
The Making of a Public Figure, 1906-1955p. 3
The Gordon Commission, 1955-1957p. 34
Man and Superman, 1958-1963p. 66
It Was Walter Gordon's Budget, 1963p. 95
A Lion in Winter, 1963-1965p. 111
The Dilemma of Canadian Affluence, 1966-1968p. 133
The New Nationalism, 1968-1987p. 167
Conclusionp. 189
Notesp. 195
Bibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 293
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