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I joined the Department of History in September 2007 and deliver lectures in Canadian-American relations, international relations of the twentieth century, American history, and postwar British history. I have also held lecturing positions at Canterbury Christ Church University and at the University of Victoria. My ongoing research interest in ‘The North Atlantic Triangle’ examines Canada’s diplomatic relations with Britain and the United States over an expansive period of time from the end of the nineteenth century to the twentieth.
I obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in European and International Relations from the University of Malta, followed by a Master of Arts in European Studies from the University of British Columbia, which included a scholarship to the North American-European diplomatic academy in Schloss-Hofen (Austria). I received my Ph.D. in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent (UK).
Work in Progress
The North Atlantic Triangle and Canadian Prime Ministers, 1867-1972
- Canadian diplomatic history
- Canada-U.S. relations
- British politics
- American history
Silver, Lara. “The ‘Anglo-Saxon Triangle’ downplayed by Canada’s Department of External Affairs, 1946-1956.” The London Journal of Canadian Studies 36, no.1 (2022): 133-58.
Silver, Lara. “A Long Goodbye: Pearson and Britain.” In Mike’s World: Lester B. Pearson and Canadian External Affairs, edited by Asa McKercher and Galen Roger Perras, 210-25. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017.
Silver, Lara. “The Political Use of Metaphor in the Construction of the ‘Atlantic Community’.” In European Community, Atlantic Community?, edited by Valerie Aubourg, Gerard Bossuat, and Giles Scott-Smith, 60-73. Paris: Soleb, 2008.
Silver, Lara. “Canada Fit for War: Image and Development of the Canadian Soldier, 1870-1914.” The London Journal of Canadian Studies 23, (2007/2008): 1-29.
Silver, Lara. “H-Diplo/ISSF Roundtable Review of M. Carroll and G. Donaghy’s edited collection, In the National Interest: Canadian Foreign Policy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009 (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2011).” Diplomatic and International History Discussion Network. 2012.
“Harry and Meghan’s Royal Relocation to Canada Surprised the Queen – But Makes A Lot of Sense.” NBC News op/ed THINK: Opinion, Analysis, Essays, Jan.22, 2020.
“Remembering Lennon’s Message 40 Years After His Assassination.” Bowen Island Undercurrent, Dec.9, 2020.
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