Historians have considered the effects of the Anglo-American-Soviet triangular relationship on Canadian interests in the mid-1940s. Denis Smith’s Diplomacy of Fear: Canada and the Cold War 1941–1948 utilizes correspondences from the same collection of primary sources assessed in this paper. He puts onus on the Russians for dooming post-war cooperation through self-interested policies and utilizes an American-centric analysis.1 Lawrence Aronsen and Martin Kitchen also provide an interesting analysis of Canada’s role in the emerging world order, but their arguments of a nearly equal Anglo-American-Canadian alliance overemphasize Canada’s position and neglect shifting power dynamics among the Western allies.2 These works provide a broader overview of the period, but the primary documents themselves are critical in elucidating the nuances and idiosyncrasies inherent in Canadian diplomatic activity in the Soviet Union from 1943–46.
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Aronsen, Lawrence, and Martin Kitchen. The Origins of the Cold War in Comparative Perspective: American, British and Canadian Relations with the Soviet Union, 1941–48. Basingstoke: Macmillan Company, 1988.
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1 Denis Smith, Diplomacy of Fear: Canada and the Cold War, 1941–1948 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988), 72.
2 Lawrence Aronsen and Martin Kitchen, The Origins of the Cold War in Comparative Perspective: American, British and Canadian Relations with the Soviet Union, 1941–48, x.