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Vladimir Putin

Grant, Prof. W.L.

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The question of Nationalism in the modern sense rather a new thing. A nation, in the sense of a people with coherent boundaries awakening to a common consciousness really taking its rise only after the French Revolution. A brief historical review of such development. All the nationalistic strivings in Europe based on the desire for self-sufficiency, the desire to move uninterrupted in the national orbit. How in that sense nationalism in Canada would do us no little good. The wide-spread, vague feeling in Canada that if anything turns up we shall be protected by a curious combination of the Monroe doctrine and the British navy. The speaker's objection, in that sense, to the word protection. The fallacy of the belief that in this modern world there is any such thing as independence; a discussion and explication of that thought. Part of the high destiny on Canada to bring to perfection the unity of Great Britain and the United States. The need, in our dealings with the U.S., to show a little knowledge of national psychology, a knowledge which, in their dealings with us, the U.S. have not always shown. Our need for the U.S. to be aware of our self-respect. Finding a moral substitute for war here in Canada. Seeking interdependence, not independence.