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Camelot and CanadaCanadian-American Relations in the Kennedy Era$
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Asa McKercher

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190605056

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190605056.001.0001

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Good Fences

Good Fences

Canadian–American Relations from Eisenhower to Kennedy, 1957–1961

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Camelot and Canada

Asa McKercher

Oxford University Press

John Kennedy was not the first American president with whom John Diefenbaker dealt, and so for the sake of comparison, this chapter reviews the Eisenhower administration’s handling of the relationship with Canada from 1957 to 1961. This period saw the revival of Canadian nationalism, a force that contributed to back-to-back electoral victories by Diefenbaker’s Tories as well as to increasing bilateral tensions. Yet there were also genuine policy differences stemming both from the Cold War as well as growing economic, military, and cultural ties between Canada and the United States. While Eisenhower was deft in his handling of his personal relationship with Diefenbaker, he was unable both to overcome policy differences and to blunt nationalist sentiments.

Keywords:   Dwight Eisenhower, Cold War, nuclear weapons, nuclear security, Cuban Revolution, Canada–US relations, John F. Kennedy, John Diefenbaker, anti-Americanism, Canadian nationalism

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