Books

The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Genocide, Indian Residential Schools, and the Challenge of Conciliation (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming 2019)

Confronting the truths of the Indian Residential School system has been likened to waking a sleeping giant. This book employs genocide as an analytical tool to better make sense of Canada’s past and present. It opens with a discussion of how genocide is differentially defined in academic writing, domestic, and international law, and then examines genocide through the forced transfer of Indigenous children, both to residential schools and through the sixties scoop. A separate chapter also considers the deaths of thousands in the IRS system. Throughout, this book considers how the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada grappled with the concept of genocide in its six-year mandate. Based on extensive interviews with Survivors, TRC officials and many others, as well as in-depth field and archival research, this book offers a unique and timely perspective on the prospects for conciliation between settlers and Indigenous peoples after genocide. It also engages with many of the problems of contemporary reconciliation discourse, which can focus on tropes of Indigenous equality within the settler state, while avoiding discussions of Indigenous self-determination, the return of stolen lands, and the rollback of settler-based institutions in the lives of Indigenous peoples. Crucially, the book also engages critics who feel that the term genocide impedes understanding of the IRS system and imperils the prospects for conciliation. By contrast, this book sees genocide recognition is an important ground floor for any meaningful discussions of how to engage Indigenous-settler relations in respectful and proactive ways.


Introduction to Politics 2nd EditionINTRODUCTION TO POLITICS Second Edition
co-authored (Oxford University Press Canada, 2016). 504pp

Now in its second Canadian edition, this truly international introduction to politics offers comprehensive coverage of key concepts and ideologies, institutions, and international relations. Balancing theory with a wealth of Canadian and international real-world examples, this text equips students with the knowledge required to think critically about the current state of global politics.

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Introduction to Politics, 1st EditionINTRODUCTION TO POLITICS First Edition
co-authored (Oxford University Press Canada, 2012). 504pp

This truly international introduction to politics offers comprehensive coverage of key concepts and ideologies, institutions, and international relations. Balancing theory with a wealth of Canadian and international real world examples, this text equips students with the knowledge required to think critically about the current state of global politics.

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EUROPE IN ITS OWN EYES, EUROPE IN THE EYES OF THE OTHER Europe in Its Own Eyes, Europe in the Eyes of the Other
co-edited with Mary DeCoste (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2014) 322 pp. 

What is Europe? Who is European? What do Europe and European identity mean in the twenty-first century? This collection of sixteen essays seeks to answer these questions by focusing on Europe as it is seen through its own eyes and through the eyes of others across a variety of cultural texts, including sport, film, literature, dance, cartography, and fashion. These texts, as interpreted here by emerging researchers as well as well-established scholars, enable us to engage with European identities in the plural and to understand what these identities mean in larger cultural and political contexts.

The interdisciplinary focus of this volume permits an exploration of European identity that reaches beyond the area of European studies to incorporate understandings of identity from the viewpoints of both insider and other. Contributors explore diverse understandings of what it means to be “other” to a country, a culture, a society, or a subgroup. This book offers a fresh perspective on the evolving concept of identity—in the context of Europe past, present, and future—and expands on the existing literature by considering the political tensions and social implications of the development of European identity, as well as its literary, artistic, and cultural manifestations.

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The Bush Leadership, the Power of Ideas, and the War on Terror

THE BUSH LEADERSHIP, THE POWER OF IDEAS AND THE WAR ON TERROR
co-edited with Dirk Nabers and Robert G. Patman (Ashgate Press, July 2012) 220 pp.

Foreign policy success or failure is often attributed to the role of leadership. This volume explores the relationship between President George W. Bush's leadership, the administration's stated belief in the power of ideas (and the ideas of power) and its approach to the war on terror. Drawing on the international expertise of ten American foreign policy and security specialists, this incisive and timely book combines theoretical perspectives on political leadership with rigorous empirical analysis of selected aspects of the Bush administration's post 9/11 foreign policy. As a result, this book sheds considerable light not just on the limited impact of President Bush's war on terror strategy, but also, more importantly, on why key ideas underpinning the strategy, such as US global primacy and pre-emptive war, largely failed to gel in a globalizing world.

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Thinking History, Fighting EvilThinking History, Fighting Evil - Neoconservatives and the Perils of Analogy in American Politics
(Lexington / Rowman & Littlefield; 2009) 219 pp. 

Thinking History, Fighting Evil presents the most thorough exploration to date of how World War II analogies, particularly those focused on the Holocaust, have colored American foreign policy-making after 9/11. In particular, this book highlights how influential neoconservatives inside and outside the Bush administration used analogies of the 'Good War' to reinterpret domestic and international events, often with disastrous consequences. On the surface, World War II promotes a simple but compelling range of images and symbols: valiant Roosevelts and Churchills, appeasing Chamberlains, evil Hitlers, Jewish victims, European bystanders, and American liberators. However, the simplistic use of analogies was precisely what doomed the neoconservative project to failure. This book explores the misuse of ten key analogies arising from World War II and charts their problematic deployment after the 9/11 attacks. Divided into eight chapters, Thinking History, Fighting Evil engages with timely issues such as the moral legacies of the civil rights era, identity politics movements, the representation of the Holocaust in American life, the rise of victim politics on the neoconservative right, the instrumentalization of anti-American and anti-Semitic discourses, the trans-Atlantic rift between Europe and the United States, and the war on terror. While the book focuses on the post-9/11 security environment, it also explores the history of negative exceptionalism in U.S. history and politics, tracing back Manichean conceptions of good and evil to the foundation of the early colonies.

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The Ethics of Foreign PolicyThe Ethics of Foreign Policy
​co-edited with R.G. Patman and B. Mason-Parker (Ashgate Press, 2007) 249 pp.

This ground-breaking volume considers the ethical aspects of foreign policy change through five interrelated dimensions: conceptual, security, economic, normative and diplomatic. Defining ethics and what an ethical foreign policy should be is highly contested. The book includes many very different viewpoints to reflect the strong divergence of opinion on such issues as humanitarian intervention, free trade, the doctrine of preemption, political corruption and human rights. The thematic approach provides this volume with a clear organizational structure, giving readers a balanced overview of a number of important conceptual and practical issues central to the ethical analysis of states' conduct and foreign policy making. An impressive group of international scholars and practitioners, including a New Zealand Foreign Minister, a US National Security Advisor, and an ICJ Justice, makes this volume ideally suited to courses on international relations, security studies, ethics and human rights, philosophy, media studies and international law.

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IDENTITY POLITICS IN THE AGE OF GENOCIDE: THE HOLOCAUST AND HISTORICAL REPRESENTATIONIDENTITY POLITICS IN THE AGE OF GENOCIDE: THE HOLOCAUST AND HISTORICAL REPRESENTATION
(Routledge, 2008). 261 pp.

In an era of globalization and identity politics, this book explores how Holocaust imagery and vocabulary have been appropriated and applied to other genocides. The author examines how the Holocaust has impacted on other ethnic and social groups, asking whether the Holocaust as a symbol is a useful or destructive means of reading non-Jewish history. This volume explains the rise of the Holocaust as a gradual process, charting how its importance as a symbol has evolved, providing a theoretical framework to understand how and why non-Jewish groups choose to invoke ‘holocausts’ to apply to other events; explores the Holocaust in relation to colonialism and indigenous genocide, with case studies on America, Australia and New Zealand; analyzes the Holocaust in relation to war and genocide, with case studies on the Armenian genocide, the Rape of Nanking, Serbia and the Rwandan genocide; and examines how the Holocaust has been used to promote animal rights. Demonstrating both the opportunities and pitfalls the Holocaust provides to non-Jewish groups who seek to represent their collective histories, this book fills a much needed gap on the use of the Holocaust in contemporary identity politics and will be of interest to students and researchers of politics, the Holocaust and genocide.

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The Ethics of Foreign PolicyBALKAN HOLOCAUSTS? SERBIAN AND CROATIAN VICTIM CENTRED PROPAGANDA AND THE WAR IN YUGOSLAVIA
​(Manchester University Press, 2002) 308 + xii pp.

Balkan Holocausts? compares and contrasts Serbian and Croatian propaganda from 1986 to 1999, analyzing each group's contemporary interpretations of history and current events. It offers a detailed discussion of Holocaust imagery and the history of victim-centered writing in nationalism theory, including the links between the comparative genocide debate, the so-called holocaust industry, and Serbian and Croatian nationalism. No studies on Yugoslavia have thus far devoted significant space to such analysis. "[T]he author has succeeded in exploring his subject in a way which is both lively and genuinely informative. ... extremely well written, based on a wide range of relevant sources and sensible and generally persuasive in its judgements ... His discussion of the debate about the Holocaust is sophisticated and based on a thorough knowledge of the relevant debates." – Professor James Mayall, Cambridge University

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