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Issue 29 Book Reviews

It has been remarked that a century generally does not take shape until its second decade. That was certainly true of the last century, whose tragic destiny was first played out on the battlefields of France and Belgium. Whether the same will hold for this century will be for future historians to decide. There is no doubt, however, that in the first half of 2011 there has been shifting ground. The most dramatic events have been in the Middle East and North Africa. Elsewhere in the world, new forces have been emerging as well. Even in Canada, in our typically restrained way, an election that seemed set to give us a repeat of past parliaments produced what may be a long-term political realignment. When the government was defeated in the House and the election was called in late March, we decided to adjust our production schedule so that we could take account of the results. We do so with the editorial that follows this introduction, while also giving some of the flavour of the campaign through our selection from the listserv. However, we decided to persist with our original intention of devoting this issue primarily to foreign policy. As a twice-yearly journal we cannot keep up with the roiling changes in the Middle East, but we have been able to take an in-depth look at two rising powers: China and South Africa.




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That doleful October, 40 years later − 1: Voices of dissent, in English

Their purpose is to dispel an “objectionable notion that the English stood united against Quebec. I never shared this perception, but acknowledge it is held firmly by some: I applaud the editors’ determination to lay it to...
by Pierre Joncas


The francophone discovery of Jewish Quebec

Sympathetic interest among francophone Quebecers in the Jewish community in their midst is recent; it dates from the 1980s. Three new books in French indicate that this interest has reached a certain level of maturity [From Inr...
by Bob Chodos



An Establishment answer to Canadian declinism

In a fortunate position in a dangerous world, we should do what we can to promote peace, human rights and development. Despite everything, all three have made significant progress since the days of Pearson or even of Mulroney. ...
by Gareth Morley


Al Qaeda challenge, American response

It would be the supreme irony if Obama, elected in large part as a rebuke to George Bush for involving the US in two wars, took it into a third. [From Inroads 29, 2011]
by Carl Cavanagh Hodge