Review: Agriculture: Farm Wars: In between Countries

Publication Date01 Dec 1998
DOI10.1177/002070209805300416
AuthorTheodore Cohn
SubjectReview
Reviews
of
the
links
among
them.
The
result
is
weighty:
a
text
just
under
700
pages,
supported
by
150
pages
of
appendices
and
notes
and
a
30-page
bibliography.
At
the
same
time,
it
is
a
convincing
explanation
of
how
'Just
as
opposition
to
Soviet
communism
had
served
as
the
main
mea-
sure
of
American
patriotism,
so
did
opposition
to
apartheid
evolve
into
an
index
of
commitment
to
racial
justice
in
the
United
States';
and
how
'acts
of
protest and
conscience,
so
often
dismissed
as
pointless,
can
gradually
accumulate
into
an
irresistible
force
for
change.'
Canadian
readers
may
be
disappointed
that
Massie
focuses
so
exclu-
sively
on
America
and
South
Africa.
The
history
of
Canada's
involve-
ment
with
South
Africa's
affairs,
and
of
the
Commonwealth dimen-
sion
of
the
story,
has its
own
drama and
importance,
but
is
not
touched
on
here.
It
is
pointless,
however,
to criticize
an
author
for
failing
to
do
something
he never
set
out
to
do,
and
Massie
already
had
a
massive
amount
of
material
to
digest.
He
is
aware
of
how
much work
remains
to
be
accomplished
by
historians
in
this
field;
indeed,
he
points
to
archives he believes will be
valuable to
them
which
no
one
has
yet
examined. For
the
general
reader, the
vast
ground
covered by
Loosing
the
Bonds
is
already
an
impressive
accomplishment
that
deserves
the
recognition
it
has
now
received.
J.H.
Taylor/Ottawa
AGRICULTURE
FARM
WARS
The
political
economy
of
agriculture and
the
international
trade
regime
Robert
Wolfe
Basingstoke
& New
York:
Macmillan
&
St
Martin's,
xix,
2
35pp,
US$65.00
IN
BETWEEN
COUNTRIES
Australia,
Canada,
and
the
search
for
order
in
agricultural
trade
Andrew
F
Cooper
Montreal
&
Kingston
ON:
McGill-Queen's
University
Press,
xv,
2 8 2
pp,
$49.95
T
hese
two books make
important
contributions
to
the
literature
on
the
politics
of
agricultural
trade,
each
emphasizing different
aspects
of
the
subject.
788
INTERNATIONAL
JOURNAL
Autumn
1998

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