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Mike's World

Lester B. Pearson and Canadian External Affairs

Although fifty years have passed since Lester Pearson stepped down as prime minister, he still influences debates about Canada's role in the world. Mike's World explores the myths surrounding Pearsonianism to explain why he remains such a touchstone for understanding Canadian foreign policy. Leading scholars dig deeply into his diplomatic and political career, especially during the 1960s and his time as prime minister. Situating Pearson within his times and using him as a lens through which one can analyze Canadians' views of global affairs, this nuanced collection wrestles with the contradictions of Pearson and Pearsonianism and, ultimately, with the resulting myths surrounding Canada's role in the world.

About the Authors

Asa McKercher is assistant professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada. Galen Roger Perras is associate professor of history at the University of Ottawa.


"Had Pearson left politics after his disastrous defeat in 1958, would Canada have had national medicare, the maple leaf flag, official bilingualism, the Canada Pension Plan, racially unrestricted immigration, the unification of the armed forces, and, not least, Pierre Trudeau? Mike's World traces how deeply his imprint remains. For critics and admirers, for better and for worse, Mike Pearson remade Canada."—from the foreword by John English
UBC Press

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336 Pages
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Other Titles by Galen Roger Perras

Stepping Stones to Nowhere

Galen Roger Perras
Mar 2003 - UBC Press
$107.00 USD - Hardback