Instructor: Michael Chiarello

This course explores the history of Canada’s mostly peaceful, but often contentious relationship with the United States from the American Revolution to the present. In order to understand the complex structure of the relationship we will examine such major themes as 1) the tensions and compromises that led to the creation of the world’s longest undefended border; 2) the often fraught, sometimes friendly, but usually indifferent relationships between presidents and prime ministers; 3) partnership in war and participation in peacetime alliances after 1940; 4) the role of economic, cultural, and environmental forces in creating conflict and convergence between the two countries; 5) the complications of the past 25 years due to the end of the Cold War, 9/11, and the 2016 United States Presidential election; and 6) an introduction into the wide ranging debates over how to characterize this relationship: is Canada a willing and equal partner to the United States, a subjugated “colony,” or a reluctant ally? Course evaluation will be divided equally between a research essay and a final examination.