Love and Hate Between Neighbo(u)ring States
Published by: University of Regina Press
276 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- ISBN: 9780889776722
- Published: October 2019
In the summer of 1968, Mary Soderstrom and her husband loaded up their VW Beetle and immigrated to Canada from the United States. The contrast between their new home and their old led to a long-running reflection on what makes the two countries different. How could two places that are similar in so many ways be so disparate in others? In Frenemy Nations, Soderstrom answers this question by addressing a range of geographical “odd couples”: including the United States and Canada; New Hampshire and Vermont; Alberta and Saskatchewan; Haiti and the Dominican Republic; Scotland and Ireland; Rwanda and Burundi; and more. Through it all, Soderstrom shows how tiny differences—in geographic features, colonial histories, resource competition, education, women’s roles, language, and migration—can have outsized effects on how polities develop.
One: That Trip to Montreal Two: The Two Vietnams Three: Algeria and Tunisia Four: Kerala and Tamil Nadu Five: Brazil and the Rest of South America Six: Haiti and the Dominican Republic Seven: Burundi and Rwanda Eight: Scotland and Ireland Nine: Vermont and New Hampshire Ten: Alberta and Saskatchewan Eleven: Canada and the United States of America Postscript: Twins: The Last Words