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Charles F. Doran.

Baltimore, John Hopkins University Press, c1984.
Distributed by John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., USA, 21218.
294pp, cloth, $32.50.
ISBN 0-8018-3033-8.

Reviewed by Thomas F. Chambers.

Volume 12 Number 5
1984 September

Charles F. Doran is well qualified to write about Canadian-American relations. As professor of international relations and director of the center of Canadian studies at Johns Hopkins school of advanced international studies in Washington, he has already written two books on the subject. In Forgotten Partnership, he discusses why there is tension between the United States and Canada and how this can be reduced.

Forgotten Partnership is a thorough book. Doran shows in his writing, a deep understanding of the history of Canadian-American relations. Much historical data is included. His interpretation of these relations is also completely objective. Neither Canadians nor Americans will find any reason to question his partiality. Everyone interested in how Canadians and Americans view each other will find this a useful and rewarding book.

Some interesting current facts about Canada and her neighbour are included. These are not new, but restating them is essential in such a study. Doran is puzzled, -for example, by the lack of information about Canada in the United States when the country is of such vital importance to the Americans. Canada, not Japan, is the United States' largest trading partner. It is also the home of one-fifth of American foreign investment. Canadians also invest heavily in the United States with a dollar value almost equal to one-quarter of the amount of American investment in Canada. Why then do Americans pay more attention to countries far less significant? They take Canadians for granted, assuming they understand them because of the historical and cultural similarities. This assumption must change because Canada is changing and in the process her people are reassessing their global role and the way they should relate to the United States. To take Canadians for granted could result in serious harm as Canadians become more nationalistic and more sensitive.

Doran examines Canadian-American relations in three broad categories. He describes these as the psychological-cultural dimension, the trade-commercial dimension, and the political-strategic dimension. His analysis of these categories shows that Canadians and Americans are quite different people who view culture, trade, and politics very differently. He finds no reason to believe that Canadians are being overwhelmed by American beliefs and customs. Far from it. Knowledge of this in Washington will make for a rewarding relationship. Ignorance will lead to frustration.

Thomas F. Chambers, Canadore College, North Bay, ON.
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