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Politics of War : Canada's Afghanistan Mission 2001-14 (Hardcover) (Jean-christophe Boucher & Kim

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This book examines the politicization of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan after 9/11, when the government of Jean Chrétien joined the international military coalition led by the US to overthrow the Taliban, up to 2014, when the Conservative government of Stephen Harper withdrew, and how the Canadian government aimed to frame the engagement as a mission rather than a war. It considers the disparity between what was happening on the ground in Afghanistan and how it was being treated by politicians as a mission or engagement. It uses the game metaphor of war to show how the mission should have been taken seriously by politicians but was treated as a game, as they used it for domestic political advantage. It describes the activities of Canadians in Afghanistan between 2011 and 2014; how the war was characterized by the political elites; justifications offered by politicians for Canada’s mission, particularly prime ministers Chrétien, Paul Martin, and Harper; debates in the House of Commons on the mission; the relationship between Harper Conservatives and the Liberal opposition and the bipartisanship that occurred to take Afghanistan off the political agenda; the politicization of the treatment of Afghans detained by Canadian soldiers; how the succession of minority governments explains the politics of the mission; how Canadians viewed the mission; government attitudes towards the commemoration of Canada’s war dead; how casualties in Afghanistan influenced the public and whether they were related to public opposition to the mission; and why public opinion did not mobilize to oppose the mission. Some chapters were previously presented or published in different forms elsewhere and updated and rewritten for the book. US distribution by University of Washington Press; Canadian distribution by University of Toronto Press. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 282
Genre: History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of British Columbia Pr
Author: Jean-christophe Boucher & Kim Richard Nossal
Language: English
Street Date: September 28, 2017
TCIN: 53066931
UPC: 9780774836272
Item Number (DPCI): 248-53-0727
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