Canada and the Third World: Overlapping Histories

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Even though they are aware of the Third World in relation to their daily lives, most Canadians know little about the historical foundations and complex nature of their country's entanglements with non-Western societies.



Canada and the Third World provides a long overdue introduction to Canada's historical relationship with the Third World. The book critically explores this relationship by asking four central questions: how can we understand the historical roots of Canada's relations with the Third World? How have Canadians, individuals and institutions alike, practiced and imagined development? How can we integrate Canada into global histories of empire, decolonization, and development? And how should we understand the relationship between issues such as poverty, racism, gender equality, and community development in the First and Third World alike?

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About the Author:

Karen Dubinsky is Professor of History and Global Development Studies at Queen's University. She is the author and editor of several books, including Within and Without the Nation: Transnational Canadian History (2015).
Sean Mills is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Toronto. He is the author of The Empire Within: Postcolonial Thought and Political Activism in Sixties Montreal (2010).
Scott Rutherford is Assistant Professor (adjunct) in Global Development Studies at Queen's University.

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Canada and the Third World is an enormous resource for those trying to teach and learn about Canada in ways that recognize how colonialism, imperialism, and exploitation—both within North America and around the world—are at the core of Canada. The editors have drawn together nine essays that examine histories of colonialism and Indigenous peoples in Canada, immigration and refugee policy, private business, international aid, military intervention and popular social movements ... Canada and the Third World is well-suited for classroom use, and will help students and teachers learn about Canada's complex and global past and present. (Adele Perry, University of Manitoba)

For most people, the "Third World" is not immediately associated with Canada. But ... Canada's economic and political fortunes have long been intricately and even intimately ties to the Third World. From India to the West Indies, this collection of essays challenges the myth of Canadian innocence at home and abroad. After reading it, we cannot genuinely think of Canada in quite the same way. (David Austin, author of Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal)

The editors of Canada and the Third World set out to create "an opinionated book about controversial topics." They have succeeded, producing a sobering antidote to the saccharine view we Canadians often have of our past and our present in that nebulous place called the "Third World." (Ian Smillie, author of Diamonds and Freedom from Want)

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