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18:00 - 20:00 24 March 2014
Annual Canadian Studies Lecture: Hector Mackenzie on: Canada and the (Re)discovery of the Americas
Lecture Theatre 103 |
UCL – Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom
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Professor Hector Mackenzie, is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Oxford University, from where he received his DPhil in Politics (International Relations) for a study of Anglo-Canadian economic relations in the Second World War. After teaching at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario, he joined the Department of External Affairs as an historian. He has been the Senior Departmental Historian of what is now the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development since 1991. He is an adjunct professor of history at Carleton University, where he frequently teaches courses in Canadian history, and a past President of the Association for Canadian Studies.
One of the distinctive emphases of the current Canadian government has been its development of an overall strategy for Canada’s relations with the Americas. This lecture places this initiative in the context of Canada’s post-1939 international relations and especially the historical tendency of Canadian governments to pay greater attention to the North Atlantic and especially to relations with the United Kingdom and the United States and considerably less to the rest of the world, including Latin America and the Caribbean. For many years that outlook – and especially Canada’s understandable preoccupation with its continental neighbour – prompted policy-makers in Ottawa and analysts elsewhere to downplay or even overlook the importance of the rest of the hemisphere in the assessment of options and priorities for Canada in world affairs.
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