Canada: A Chair at Harvard

Most Canadians have considerable if malevolent knowledge of the United States. Most Americans have a benevolent ignorance of Canada.

This comment by Professor Edward J. Miles, director of Canadian studies at the University of Vermont, explains why a neighbor who is a good trading partner is not always the most understanding friend. When it comes to their powerful neighbor to the south, Canadians take umbrage at attitudes that would never bother more distant peoples. One measure of the gap is the fact that not one of the more than 2,000 U.S. colleges and universities has a professorial chair reserved...

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