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Your Country, My CountryA Unified History of the United States and Canada$
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Robert Bothwell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780195448801

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195448801.001.0001

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Exceptional North America and the Cold War, 1949–1979

Exceptional North America and the Cold War, 1949–1979

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(p.232) 10 Exceptional North America and the Cold War, 1949–1979
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Your Country, My Country
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Robert Bothwell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195448801.003.0011

Canadian-American relations from 1949 to 1979 are a study in contrasts. Generally excellent on the operational level, whether private or public, they were punctuated by political explosions between various political leaders, notably John F. Kennedy and John Diefenbaker, Lyndon Johnson and Lester Pearson, and Richard Nixon and Pierre Trudeau. Nevertheless trade grew, investment grew, the two countries remained allied and their internal structures and domestic policies remained remarkably similar. In part thanks to the Vietnam war, Canada was able to focus more attention and resources on expanding its welfare state, especially in government-paid health care. This would be the root of a later and greater divergence, though no-one could really see it at the time. Canada had its own distractions in this period, principally around Quebec separatism, and the emergence of a more strident form of Canadian nationalism.

Keywords:   NATO, air defense, taxation, Medicare, oil crisis, energy policy, Cold War, Vietnam War, Quebec separatism, draft resisters, anti-Americanism

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