Your Country, My Country: A Unified History of the United States and Canada

ISBN : 9780195448801

Robert Bothwell
432 Pages
164 x 237 mm
Pub date
Nov 2015
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The book might almost be entitled Canadians in the Attic. Canada is the United States' forgotten twin, the country that resembles the United States more than any other, and that shares a history with America that goes back to the seventeenth century, and that includes the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the anti-slavery movement, to name only a few. Canada is in a way a measure of, a barometer of, American exceptionalism. What happens in Canada is often a reflection of what has happened in the United States, but by the same token, what happens in Canada is often a sign of what could happen in its American neighbor. While the two countries have distinct political systems, and particular histories, ideologically they are closer together than standard Canadian histories suggest. (Canadians are left out of standard American histories.) Arguably, Canada is the part of North America where the New Deal came to fruition in the 1960s, when it was frustrated in the United States. But no American political idea fails to penetrate Canada, and in the 2000s many Canadians, including the current Canadian government, seek to imitate or replicate the hard-right turn in American politics. From whatever direction, the Canadian experience illuminates American experience- and vice-versa.


Ch 1: Exceptional America: Sovereignties in Northern North Americans
Ch 2: Exceptional Americans
Ch 3: 1783-1815
Ch 4: Postwar, 1815-1854
Ch 5: A Colonial Nation, Its Neighbor, and Its Empire
Ch 6: 1891-1914
Ch 7: World War I
Ch 8: Interwar
Ch 9: Convergences, 1939-1949
Ch 10: The Cold War, 1949-1979
Ch 11: Unexpected Destinations
Ch 12: Something Old, Something New
Ch 13: Back to the Future?

About the author: 

A history professor at the University of Toronto, Robert Bothwell has written books on a variety of topics in Canadian political, economic, and corporate history, as well as on Canadian-American relations and international history.

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