Fonds 02-012 - Denis Smith fonds. 2002 additions

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Denis Smith fonds. 2002 additions

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    • 1969-2000 (Creation)
      Smith, Denis

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    1.5 m of textual records

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    Biographical history

    Professor S.G. Denis Smith was born in 1932 in Edmonton. In 1953 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours, from McGill University. At McGill he received the J.W. McConnell Scholarship and an I.O.D.E. post-graduate scholarship for Oxford University in England. From 1953 to 1956 Denis attended Oxford University and obtained his Master's Degree and a Bachelor of Literature. While in Oxford he received an Exhibition Scholarship and a grant from the Bryce Fund to travel and study in Poland.

    In 1956 he returned to Canada and by 1962 had written a number of papers and reviews on political material. Denis Smith has held a number of university positions throughout his career. He was with the Department of Political Economy at the University of Toronto, 1956 to 1957; Department of Political Science, York University, 1960 to 1961 and was the first Registrar of that University.

    He held the Vice-President's position at Trent University from 1964 to 1967. He was Master of Champlain College from 1969 to 1971 and a professor in the Department of Political Studies to 1983 when he left to teach and become Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. At Trent he was Chairman of the Politics Department from 1967 to 1968.

    He was editor of the Journal of Canadian Studies from 1966 to 1975; editor of the Canadian Forum from 1975 to 1979 and President of the Canadian Periodical Publishers Association from 1975 to 1977. He has written several books including: Bleeding Hearts, Bleeding Country, 1971; Gentle Patriot, 1973; Diplomacy of Fear, 1988; Rogue Tory, 1995; Prisoners of Cabrera, 2001; Ignatieff's World: A Liberal Leader for the 21st Century?, 2006; Ignatieff's World Updated: Iggy goes to Ottawa, 2009; General Miranda’s Wars: Turmoil and Revolt in Spanish America, 1750-1816, 2013; and, A Dissenting Voice: Essays, Addresses, Polemics, Diversions, 1959 - 2015, 2017.

    Custodial history

    Materials were in the custody of Professor Smith until donated to Trent University Archives.

    Scope and content

    Fonds consists of correspondence, reserach notes and manuscripts created by Professor Denis Smith during his career as a university professor, political science commentator and author. Materials in this fonds relate to Gentle Patriot (biography of Walter Gordon); Diplomacy of Fear (Canadian/American relations during the period of the cold war). Also included are materials generated by Smith as editor of the Canadian Forum and the Journal of Canadian Studies.

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    Some records have mold damage.

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    Fonds acquired in 2002 from Professor Denis Smith.


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        This fonds along with 89-009, 92-012, 01-002, 04-019, 12-008, 14-010, and 18-007 is an addition to 86-001.

        General note

        This fonds has been arranged in 8 series:

        Series A: Materials relating to Diplomacy of Fear (published 1988 and originally entitled Fearful Dissonance)
        Series B: Materials relating to the Lionel Gelber Prize Committee (best book in the English language in the filed of international relations first awarded in 1990).
        Series C: Materials relating to Gentle Patriot (biography of Walter Gordon, published by Hurtig Publishers, 1973).
        Series D: Materials relating to Canadian Forum
        Series E: Materials relating to Trent University
        Series F: Canada, the American Alliance and the Cold War, 1945-1957.
        Series G: Book Reviews, Seminar Presentations, Articles and Opinion Pieces.
        Series H: Correspondence

        Box 1

        Series A: Diplomacy of Fear

        1. Revisions for paste-in after Sept. 26, 1986
        2. Introduction. Revisions summer 1986
        3. Chapter 1: Genesis
        4. Chapter 2: Manuscript
        5. Chapter 3: Manuscript
        6. Chapter 4: Manuscript
        7. Chapter 5: Manuscript. Disenchantment 1945-46
        8. Chapter 6: Manuscript. The Curtain Descends 1945-46
        9. Chapter 7: Preparing for War?
        10. Chapter 8: Pax Americana
        11. Conclusion
        12. "Fearful Dissonance" Notes re books and articles
        13. "Fearful Dissonance" Notes re House of Commons Debates
        14. "Fearful Dissonance" Notes re the Ottawa Citizen newspaper
        15. "Fearful Dissonance" Notes on sources and bibliography
        16. Review of manuscript and Smith response
        17. "Fearful Dissonance" complete manuscript as at February 1985
        18. "Diplomacy of Fear" complete manuscript as at May 1987
        19. "Diplomacy of Fear" correspondence re page proofs and final editing notes
        20. "Fearful Dissonance" correspondence 1985 with Escott Reid, Arnold Smith, Martin Gilbert and Sir William Stephenson
        21. Research correspondence: Harry S. Truman Library
        22. Research correspondence: U.S. National Archives (NARA)
        23. Publication correspondence: University of Toronto Press, 1982-1988.

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        Series B: Lionel Gelber Prize

        1. Gelber Prize: 1992: book reviews, correspondence
        2. Gelber Prize: 1993: correspondence
        3. Gelber Prize: 1993: reviews and guidelines
        4. Gelber Prize: 1993: awards ceremony

        Series C: Gentle Patriot

        1. Research notes; manuscript of Gentle Patriot
        2. Correspondence re Walter Gordon; Gordon memoirs, 1976-77.

        Series D: Canadian Forum

        1. Correspondence; negotiations to sell the archives of the Forum; relationship between Smith (Editor) and Trent University (1979-1980).

        Series E: Trent University (T.U.)

        1. Correspondence 1978-1981
        2. T. U. committee on Research 1981; Canada Council 1976
        3. T.U. Distinguished Research Committee 1994
        4. T. U. Department of Political /studies 1978-1979
        5. T.U. Department of Political Studies 1980-1981
        6. Journal of Canadian Studies 1979-1980
        7. Journal of Canadian Studies 1997-1998
        8. Ron Thom eulogy, Nov. 5 1986; correspondence, newspaper clippings, presentation of Thom for T.U. honorary degree 1971
        9. Lecture: Canadian Studies 300 1992
        10. Lecture: Frost Centre 1992
        11. T. U. panel discussion 1998
        12. Address to Trent Alumni in Ottawa 1997

        Series F: Canada, the American Alliance and the Cold War, 1945-1957 (CAACW)

        1. CAACW research grant applications
        2. CAACW Queen's University Archives
        3. CAACW research assistant 1976-77
        4. CAACW research materials, general
        5. CAACW University of Toronto research notes
        6. CAACW Hurtig Publishers 1974-78
        7. CAACW Chronological files, 1940-50
        8. Department of External Affairs (National Archives) research notes re Canada-U.S. relations in post-war period
        9. Research Notes: Mackenzie Kind Diaries
        10. Research Notes: Public Record Office
        11. Research Notes: Department of Finance
        12. Correspondence and research notes re: Leo Malania 1986-87
        13. Research Notes: Gouzenko Affair 1945-46
        14. Research Notes: Corby Case
        15. Research Notes: Library of Congress: Papers of William Leahy
        16. Research Notes: "Dramatis Personae" biographical notes on various political figures
        17. Notes and correspondence re: the campaign in Eglinton 1962 (Mitchell Sharp, L. Donald Fleming, P.C., David Gauthier, NDP and Basil Duggan, S.C.)
          37 Notes: The Opposition to Social Credit, 1935-40
        18. Notes: Federal Conflict of Interest Code, 1986
        19. "A Plea to English Canada" petition, 1980.

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        Series G: Books Reviews, Seminar Presentations, Articles and Opinion Pieces

        1. Manuscript appraisal notes (closed file)

        2. Manuscript appraisal notes (closed file)

        3. Book Reviews 1993-2000:
          Time to Say Goodbye
          Egotists and Autocrats
          Hard Right Turn
          My American Journey
          The Warriors Honour
          Blood Rites
          Blood Traitors
          Against the Current
          In Search of a New Left
          Cold War Canada
          What's Right/Setting It Right
          Raplph Klein/ Barrett
          Nixon: An Oliver Stone Film
          Saturdays Child
          Chretien: Vol. 1
          Right Honourable Men
          Trudeau and Our Times Vol. 2
          Thinking English Canada
          Lament for a Notion
          We All Lost the Cold War
          Seize the Day
          Rise and Fall of a Middle Power
          Wrath of Nations/Blood and Belonging
          Peacekeeper: The Road to Sarajevo
          False God/The Wealthy Banker's Wife
          F.D.R. Into the Storm
          Strange Bedfellows
          At the Highest Levels
          King Leopold's Ghost
          Captain Corelli's Mandolin

        4. Book Reviews (cont'd) 1990-1992
          The Un-Canadians
          French Canadians: An Outsider's...
          The Worldly Yearas: Life of Leter Pearson Vol. 2
          The Crisis Years
          A Meech Lake Post-Mortem/Toward a Canada-Quebec Union
          In the Arena, Richard Nixon and His America/ From: The President
          Means of Ascent
          The Unmaking of Canada
          The Outsider, Trudeau and Our Times
          Kennedy and Diefenbaker

        5. Book Reviews (cont'd) 1979-1991
          De Gaulle: The Rebel
          Take Back the Nation
          Faith and Fear
          R.B. Bennett: The Calgary Years
          Charter Versus Federalism
          Spain in Conflict
          Lester Pearson and the American Dilemma
          Unfulfilled Union
          Essays on the Constitution
          The Gouzenko Transcripts
          The English-Speaking Alliance
          Parliamentary Government in Canada

        6. Opinion Pieces, Addresses and Lectures:
          Canada Goes Underground
          Counting Down to War in the Gulf
          Facing the National Crisis
          Why is Democracy Unprepared for Crisis?
          Parliament Must Recognose New Realities
          Shaping the Post-War World 1945-1950
          The Origins of the Cold War (1990)
          Quebec and Canada in 1998
          An Alternative Canadian Agenda (Globe and Mail, 1996)
          Canada Without NATO (1991)
          Canada and NATO: Adjusting the Balance (1988)
          Origins of the Cold War (1990) - revised address

        7. Opinion Pieces, Addresses and Lectures:
          Spain in 1989: Renewed Uncertainty
          Democratic Spain After Ten Years: Sound but Tarnished
          Clearing Out the Skeletons of Katyn Forest (1990)
          Beyond Meech Lake (1990)
          Looking Beyond Meech Lake (1990)
          The Referendum: Dealing with the Wraith of am Agreement (1992)
          Crumbling at the Centre (1991)
          Escaping the Constitutional Morass (1992)
          It's Time for an Admission of Failure (1992)
          Let's Make this a Calm Campaign of Moderation
          In Washington, a Gunfighter's Last Hurrah
          Counting Down to War in the Gulf (1990)

        8. Opinion Pieces, Addresses and Lectures:
          Reverberations from the Streets of Moscow (1991)
          Canadian Constitutional Confusions (1991)
          A War of Shame that Deserves No Celebration (1991)
          Do We Need A Constituent Assembly
          Miscellaneous early writings for Canadian Forum and Recidivist (1960-68)
          Prairie Revolt (1962)
          Liberals and Conservatives on the Prairies 1917-1968 (1969)
          Articles for New Canadian Encyclopedia (1982)
          Canada as a Culture (1977)

        9. Opinion Pieces, Addresses and Lectures:
          Panel on Economic Nationalism - notes (1978)
          Adventures in the Ice Trade - proposal, 1977
          Address to Independent Periodical Publishing Conference, Scotland, 1978
          Canada: Inside or Outside (chapter in Southern Exposure, 1985)
          Choosing Our Distance (Niagara Conference 1976)
          Canadian-American Resource Policy (lecture, Duke University 1975)
          Ethical Issues and Social Responsibility (University of Western Ontario 1988)
          The October Crisis - Ten Years After (University of Winnipeg 1980)
          President and Parliament (1969)

        10. Opinion Pieces, Addresses and Lectures:
          Political Parties and the Survival of Canada (1980)
          What Does English Canada Want, anyway? (1977)
          Canada and the Cold War (1983)
          Reflections on the Gulf War (1991)
          Canadians in Moscow...1943-46 (1983)
          Nationalism and the Third Option (1975)
          Mackenzie King, Winston Churchill and the Cold War (1985)
          Is the Prime Minister Too Powerful?

        11. Address "The Constitutional Crisis and Future Prospects" to Generation 2000 (1992)

        12. Canadian Encyclopedia entry: Thomas Berger 1998

        13. Address "Canada and the U.S.: Do Good Neighbours Need Good Fences?" University of Washington 1977

        14. York University Symposium "The Press in Canada" 1976

        15. Duke University "The Symons Report" 1977

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        Series H: Correspondence

        1. Order of Canada Nominations 1979-1981
        2. Robarts-Pepin 1979
        3. British-Canadian Colloquium 1973
        4. Peter Newman re introduction to his Renegade in Power 1972
        5. Canadian Studies in the U.K. 1972-73
        6. University of Alberta 1978
        7. S. Bruce Smith School opening 1992
        8. Joe Clark 1978-79
        9. T.V.O. 1993
        10. Miscellaneous 1969-1994 and n.d.

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