Citizen Trudeau, 1944-1965: An Intellectual Biography

Hardcover | January 29, 2016

byAllen Mills

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Pierre Elliot Trudeau was a man of deep intellect, of strongly held philosophy, and of bold - if not occasionally audacious - personality. He was no high-minded, distant philosopher-ruler however. A consummate pragmatist, Trudeau sought to be a moral man of action. This important work lookshis intellectual evolution as a young man, in the years before he entered politics.Beautifully written, this biography also paints a fascinating, colourful and multilayered portrait of Trudeau. Born into a wealthy family, Trudeau's years among then-Jesuits at Brebeuf College in Montreal were formative, among other reasons for what would become his long-term interaction withCatholicism. Following law school at University of Montreal, Trudeau studied at Harvard in the US, at LSE in London, England, and at Sciences Po in Paris. Mills' considers the biggest influences on Trudeau, including Harold Laski, Jacques Maritain, and Emmanuel Mounier. Mills also recounts Trudeau'stravels across the world throughout the 1950s, travelling in Europe, the Near and Far East, Egypt and Sudan, the USSR, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand, regions in West Africa, Israel, Vietnam, Persia and Taiwan. A chapter considers Trudeau's evolving thought on Federalism andNationalism, both internationally and in terms of Quebec and Canada. A chapter on Trudeau's moralism highlights his belief that politics requires individuals of conscience, who have the courage to speak frankly about their beliefs. Mills' biography shows us that understanding Trudeau the thinker is key to understanding Trudeau the politician, whose life was both a practical and a theoretical one. He was a cool political thinker who believed that clear analysis of political questions was essential to good governance.

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Pierre Elliot Trudeau was a man of deep intellect, of strongly held philosophy, and of bold - if not occasionally audacious - personality. He was no high-minded, distant philosopher-ruler however. A consummate pragmatist, Trudeau sought to be a moral man of action. This important work lookshis intellectual evolution as a young man, in ...

Allen Mills is professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Winnipeg. He was chair of the Department from 2000 to 2005, and from 2004 to 2007 he was editor of the government and politics entries for The Encyclopedia of Manitoba (published in 2007).
Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:January 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199005966

ISBN - 13:9780199005963

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PrefaceIntroduction1. A Portrait of the Activist as a Young Man2. Trudeau Agonistes3. Mounier, Maritain and Laski: Getting an Education4. Trudeau's Profound Moralism: The Matter of Quebec5. Church and State6. Socialism and Economics7. Trudeau Abroad8. Federalism and Nationalism9. To the Liberal Station: Trudeau's Surprising Terminus10. Afterword