Canada and the Cold War
January-25-13 9:34 AM
Topics to discuss in the next little while:
- Cuban Missile Crisis
- A number of geopolitical events occur that will affect Canada's place in the world, and
they're related to each other.
- In many ways, the Cold War was a new system of power.
○ It had moved from a bi-polar to a multipolar system because other countries had
been devastated (Japan, France, Britain, etc.).
○ It affected Britain and France the most, leaving Canada in a real quandary, as we
were allied with Britain while being "friends" with the United States.
- Africa and Asia underwent massive decolonizing after the British and French are
pressured by the United States decolonize.
○ Canada agrees, but doesn't want the Commonwealth disappear either, because we
want to be openly broad while remaining "loyal" to the United States.
Canada eventually joins the Francophone and remains in Commonwealth.
○ This eventually explains our attitude towards South Africa and our role in
breaking a logjam at the United Nations.
- Since 1955, the U.S. and Soviet Union have continually blocked each other's efforts to
introduce new nations into the UN… largely to stick it to each other.
○ Canada comes up with a new proposal: we get a bunch of smaller nations on
board, angering the U.S.
Eventually, the U.S. accepts the expansion of the United Nati