Participation in the World War I and Lester Pearson’s Views Transformation
Pokrovskaya Dar'ya Mikhailovna Derzhavin Tambov State University
Abstract. Canada’s participation in world politics is often associated with the notion of liberal internationalism as the main tool of conducting the Canadian foreign policy. One of the originators of this idea is considered to be the diplomat and prime minister Lester Bowles Pearson. The article analyses the diplomat’s views transformation during the World War I. The author substantiates the necessity of studying Pearson’s views by significance of his contributions to the development of the Canadian national and foreign policies, as well as to the international relations of the mid-20th century. It is argued that it was during his participation in the Great War when the concepts of war and peace developed in Pearson’s mind. The study has also identified sociopolitical conditions under which the formation and further transformation of Lester Pearson’s views on the use of force in world politics took place.
Key words and phrases: Ëåñòåð Á. Ïèðñîí, âíåøíÿÿ ïîëèòèêà Êàíàäû, Ïåðâàÿ ìèðîâàÿ âîéíà, ëèáåðàëüíûé èíòåðíàöèîíàëèçì, èìïåðñêàÿ èäåÿ, Lester B. Pearson, Canadian foreign policy, World War I, liberal internationalism, imperial idea.
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