The World is Our Parish: John King Gordon, 1900-1989: An Intellectual Biography
One of Canada’s most outspoken and respected advocates of internationalism during the early Cold War, John King Gordon had a remarkably eclectic professional life. Keith R. Fleming’s biography of Gordon explores the man’s many careers, from his start as a Manitoba clergyman in the 1920s to his work as a United Nations field officer in Korea, the Middle East, and the Congo.
In “The World Is Our Parish,” Fleming traces how Gordon’s passion for social reform and humanitarianism led him to become a clergyman, a political activist, a journalist, a professor, and one of Canada’s leading advocates of liberal internationalism in the years after World War Two. An exceptional biography of an extraordinary but little-known Canadian, “The World Is Our Parish” uses Gordon’s professional and intellectual journey to reveal the confluence of liberal Christianity, social democracy, and internationalism in Canadian politics and thought.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 384 pages
- Illustrations: 22
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
“Drawing upon a rich archival base in Gordon’s letters and writings, The World Is Our Parish offers crucial insights into the life and thought of a prominent Christian socialist in the 1930s and an important liberal internationalist between the 1950s and 1970s.”
Barry Ferguson, Department of History, University of Manitoba
“The World Is Our Parish provides a comprehensive history of a man whose Christian upbringing had a profound impact on his sense of duty and commitment to Canadian internationalism. Clear and well written, this book convincingly demonstrates John King Gordon’s intellectual and political significance.”
Adam Chapnick, Department of Defence Studies, Canadian Forces College
Author InformationKeith R. Fleming is an associate professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of Western Ontario.
Table of contents
Introduction: “Universe of the spirit”
Chapter One: “Breaking out of a comfortable cocoon” (1900-1924)
Chapter Two: “I play spectator in an Aristotelian sense” (1924-1931)
Chapter Three: “A fiery apostle of social justice” (1931-1934)
Chapter Four: “Politics is the only road to heaven now” (1935-1938)
Chapter Five: “A bifocal view towards American affairs” (1938-1949)
Chapter Six: “A ringside view of contemporary history in the making” (1950-1961)
Chapter Seven: “To get on in the world you accept the beliefs and values of the establishment” (1962-1989)
Conclusion: “An observer, not an actor”
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