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POZO, José del. Relations between Chile and Canada during the Second World War: the first experiences of chilean diplomats.Translated byDaniela Joana Rubens Flatow. Historia (Santiago) [online]. 2006, vol.1Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0717-7194.
Based on the reports of Chilean diplomats, this article analyzes the relations between Chile and Canada during the period in which those countries moved forward to the exchange of embassies, between 1941 and 1944. It is explained that before those years, Canada only had a commercial interest in Latin America; for Chile the diplomatic level was more important, due to its interest in reinforcing its international position, somewhat weakened since the beginning of the 20thcentury. The reasons that made both countries take that decision were directly related to the context of the Second World War. Once the embassies were opened, the impressions of the first representatives of Chile in Ottawa are commented about what Canada was, showing the difficulties to understand the functioning of a country quite different from Chile. This article concludes that on the short run the establishment of embassies did not produce a significant increment of relations neither on a commercial nor on a political level.
Keywords : Trading; consuls; diplomacy; economics.