Dimitry Anastakis

B.A. (Western), M.A., Ph.D. (York)
Lady Eaton College N112
705-748-1011 x 7839


Research Interests:

20th Century Canadian economic and political history, particularly post- World War II trade, economic and business history; US political and economic history; government and politics.                


Current Research Projects: 

“Bricklin Dreams: The Promoter, The Premier, The Province and the Spectacular Failure of an Unlikely Car Company” (Monograph), funded by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant

Re-Creation and Fragmentation: Canada Since 1945 (senior undergraduate text). Oxford UniversityPress, under contract

Select Publications:



Death in the Peaceable Kingdom:  Canadian History since 1867 through Murder, Execution,Assassination and Suicide, University of Toronto Press, 2015  




Smart Globilization:  The Canadian Business and Economic History Experience, University of Toronto Press,2014.





Autonomous State: The Struggle for a Canadian Auto Industry fromOPEC to Free Trade, University of Toronto Press, 2013

Winner, 2014 Hagley Prize in Business History, Business History Conference and Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE

Winner, 2014 PHG Best Book in Political History, Canadian Historical Association

Finalist, 2014 Canada Price for the Best Book in the Humanities, SSHRC


  Canadian Public Policy: Special Issue

  on the Automobile and its Industry in Canada.

  36 1 (Spring, 2010). Co-editor, with Johannes

  Van Biesebroeck.




Framing Canadian Federalism: Historical Essays in Honour of John T. Saywell. UTP, 2009. Co-editor, with P.E. Bryden.





“A ‘War on Pollution’? Canadian Responses to the Automotive Emissions Problem, 1970-80” Canadian Historical Review, 90.1 (March, 2009), 99-136.


  Car Nation:  An Illustrated History of

  Canada's Transformation Behind the

  Wheel, (Lorimer, 2008).





The Sixties: Passion, Politics, and Style, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008 (Editor).





“Industrial Sunrise?  The Chrysler Bailout, the State and the Reindustrialization of the Canadian Automotive Sector, 1975-1986” Urban History Review, 35 (Spring 2007) 37-50.

“Multilateralism, Nationalism, and Bilateral Free Trade:  Competing Visions of Canadian Economic and Trade Policy, 1945-1970” in Creating Postwar Canada: Community, Diversity, and Dissent, 1945-1975, Magda Fahrni and Robert Rutherdale eds., UBC Press, 2008, pp. 137-61.


  Auto Pact: Creating a Borderless North American

  Auto Industry, 1960-1971, (University of Toronto

  Press, 2005).




Auto-Sector Expert

Dr. Dimitry Anastakis Awarded

$71,000 from AUTO21

Study to Investigate the Role of Public Policy in the Auto Sector and the Canadian Fuel Cell Industry


J.J. Talman Award

Trent University history professor Dr. DimitryAnastakis was recently awarded the prestigious J.J. Talman Award from the Ontario Historical Society (OHS) for his 2005 book entitled Auto Pact: Creating a Borderless North American Auto Industry, 1960-1971