The Lamb and the Tiger: From Peacekeepers to Peacewarriors in Canada
Published: October 2018© 2018
200 Pages, 6.30 x 9.25 x 0.70 in
This book focuses on the broad implications of the transformation of Canada from a peacekeeping to a war-making nation during the Conservative Party’s recent decade in power. Funds were poured into the Canadian Forces, and a newly militarized nation found itself entrenched in conflicts around the globe. For decades, Canada had played a leading role in UN peacekeeping, and when the Cold War ended, the prospect of international harmony was infectious. Yet in short order hostilities erupted in the failed states of Rwanda, Somalia, and the Balkans; terrorism – including 9/11 – raised its head; and Iraq and Afghanistan became war zones. In the face of these immense challenges, the UN was dismissed by its opponents as irrelevant.
Structured around an anti-war perspective, The Lamb and the Tiger critically examines the ageless genetic and more recent cultural (civilizational) explanations of war, concluding with a close look at the impact of war and right-wing politics on women and Indigenous peoples. The Lamb and the Tiger encourages Canadians to think about what kind of military and what kind of country they really want.
Part One: Disputed Visions
2 Peaceful Kingdom
3 Warrior Nation
Part Two: Why War?
4 Genetic Basis of War
5 Cultural Basis of War
Part Three: The Canadian Dream
6 Gender, Aboriginals, and Resistance
7 Lamb Power and Tiger Power
"The Lamb and the Tiger presents an interesting and well-presented critique of the Harper Government while appealing for Canada’s return to a major role in international peace efforts. The anthropological assessments and framework effectively contribute to the author’s arguments and offer important concepts and ideas that are useful to anyone advocating for Canada to play a more active role in the international community’s efforts towards world peace. The book is readable for those without an anthropological background, making it a worthy selection for anyone interested in Canadian foreign policy and international peace studies."Stewart Kerr, Canadian Military History
"Barrett has built up an enviable reputation as the foremost Canadian political anthropologist. The Lamb and the Tiger seeks to understand how Canada’s reputation as a major international peace-keeping power transitioned to one flexing its military muscle on the international scene; moving, one might say, from a pax-fare state to one of war-fare. Stanley R. Barrett does this from a solidly anthropological perspective, examining and successfully critiquing current theories concerning the genetic and cultural basis for war. A prime example of public anthropology, The Lamb and the Tiger is devoid of jargon, and is written in a delightful, and at times humorous style, that readily holds the reader’s attention."Robert A. Rubinstein, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Professor of International Relations, The Maxwell School of Syracuse University
"Stanley R. Barrett’s explanation of how the Canadian military helped to shape the notion of the warrior nation is compelling. I doubt most Canadians are aware of the deliberate way in which military officials worked to advance their ‘tiger’ interests at the expense of the ‘lamb.’"Lowell Ewert, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Waterloo