O.D. Skelton: The Work of the World, 1923-1941 by Norman HillmerO.D. Skelton: The Work of the World, 1923-1941 by Norman Hillmer

O.D. Skelton: The Work of the World, 1923-1941

byNorman Hillmer

Hardcover | October 24, 2013

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O.D. Skelton: The Work of the World, 1923-1941 is a lively and compelling trip through the letters, diary entries, and official memoranda of O.D. Skelton, one of the most important and influential civil servants in twentieth-century Canada. Skelton was a towering foreign policy advisor to Canada's prime ministers and a lonely advocate for the country's independence from Great Britain. His accounts detail his work as he co-operated and clashed with William Lyon Mackenzie King and R.B. Bennett over Canada's participation in the international arena. Norman Hillmer's selection and assessment of Skelton's writings offer a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the federal government as Skelton systematically built up the Department of External Affairs and the Canadian diplomatic service as instruments of the national interest, confronted the Manchurian, Ethiopian, and Czech crises of the 1930s, aligned himself with senior francophone politicians such as Ernest Lapointe and Raoul Dandurand, and watched in despair as Europe and Asia descended into war. Providing avenues into a time when Canada was struggling to define itself, this collection shows the ways in which O.D. Skelton pushed the country onto the global stage.
Norman Hillmer is professor of history and international affairs at Carleton University. He is co-editor, with Adam Chapnick, of Canadas of the Mind: The Making and Unmaking of Canadian Nationalisms in the Twentieth Century.
Title:O.D. Skelton: The Work of the World, 1923-1941Format:HardcoverDimensions:548 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:October 24, 2013Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773542728

ISBN - 13:9780773542723

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"This collection of documents goes beyond the normal External Affairs memoranda to look at foreign policy specifically through Skelton's writings [and] allows the reader to blend the civil servant and the individual. The real contribution of the work, tho