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Pragmatic idealism : Canadian foreign policy, 1945-1995 /
Costas Melakopides.
imprint
Montreal ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, c1998.
description
viii, 241 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0773517227
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imprint
Montreal ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, c1998.
isbn
0773517227
catalogue key
2144007
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [201]-234) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Costas Melakopides taught in Canada for many years and is assistant professor of social and political studies, University of Cyprus
Reviews
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"Taking issue with mainstream views on Canadian foreign policy, Melakopides presents an alternative interpretation of the historical record. Pragmatic Idealism is the most comprehensive critical survey of Canadian foreign policy." Tom Keating, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta
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Summaries
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Melakopides defines Canadian internationalism as "pragmatic idealism," a balanced synthesis of idealism and pragmatism, and demonstrates concretely how it reflects the principles, interests, and values of the country's mainstream political culture. Focusing on Canada's record in the areas of peacekeeping and peacemaking, arms control and disarmament, foreign development assistance, human rights, and ecological concerns, Melakopides reveals that at the heart of Canadian foreign policy are the concepts and the practice of moderation, communication, mediation, cooperation, caring, and sharing. Pragmatic Idealism is an inspiring challenge to the assumption that all foreign policy is premised on realpolitik. Students, scholars, and practitioners of Canadian foreign policy as well as historians, Canadianists, members of NGOs, and interested members of the general public will find it an engaging and enlightening experience.
Unpaid Annotation
Providing an overview of Canada's role in international affairs in the post-war era, Pragmatic Idealism dispels some of the myths surrounding Canadian foreign policy and celebrates the distinctiveness and distinction of Canada's place in world politics. Costas Melakopides finds an impressive continuity underlying Canadian foreign policy since 1945 and argues that it stems from the sustained pursuit of a coherent set of foreign policy ends and means.Melakopides defines Canadian internationalism as "pragmatic idealism" a balanced synthesis of idealism and pragmatism, and demonstrates concretely how it reflects the principles, interests, and values of the country's mainstream political culture. Focusing on Canada's record in the areas of peacekeeping and peacemaking, arms control and disarmament, foreign development assistance, human rights, and ecological concerns, Melakopides reveals that at the heart of Canadian foreign policy are the concepts and the practice of moderation, communication, mediation, cooperation, caring, and sharing.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 3
Analysing Foreign Policyp. 19
The Golden Age, 1945-1957p. 37
Diefenbaker's Internationalism, 1957-1963p. 52
Lester B. Pearson as Prime Minister, 1963-1968p. 66
The Logic and Ethics of Trudeauvian Internationalism, 1968-1984p. 87
Mulroney's Constructive Internationalism, 1984-1993p. 128
The 1993 Liberal Comeback: A Preliminary Sketchp. 164
Conclusion: Retrospect and Prospectsp. 191
Notesp. 201
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 235
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