The Peaceable Kingdom? A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the Present

2021 | Phil Gurski

“An absolute must read for any security intelligence and counter-terrorism practitioner”

William C. Malone, Former RCMP Officer

From Thomas D’Arcy McGee to ISIS

While Canada has not been menaced by terrorism like some countries it is not immune.

Phil Gurski is one of the foremost authorities on terrorism in Canada. In his latest book The Peaceable Kingdom, he provides an insiders perspective into the secretive world of terrorism and its history in Canada.

He weaves together an insightful narrative of salient terrorist events that have a direct nexus to Canada; from the the assassination of Thomas D’Arcy McGee by an Irish Nationalist in 1868, to the bombing of Air India flight 182 by Sikh extremists,  9/11 and, the continuing challenge of Canadian youth being radicalized and traveling overseas to fight for groups like ISIS and Al-Shabaab in places like Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia.

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Top reviews

Brian Michael Jenkins

An informed and informative account of Canada’s experience with terrorism. Written by a seasoned insider, Gurski’s observations have relevance that extends beyond the country’s borders. An important contribution to the field, a fascination read.

Brian Michael Jenkins
Senior advisor to the President of RAND and terrorism expert

I consider it an absolute “must read” for any security intelligence and counter-terrorism practitioner, as well as anyone interested in geo-politics.

William C. Malone
Former RCMP Officer

Phil takes the reader on an informative, scintillating journey through various scenarios that reinforce the message that terrorism has no boundaries.

Iwona Mooney
Former colleague


About the author

Phil Gurski is the Program Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI) and the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. 

He worked as a senior strategic analyst at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation. He is the author of five previous books on terrorism.

A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the Present

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The Peaceable Kingdom? A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the Present

2021 | Phil Gurski

While Canada has not been menaced by terrorism like some countries it is not immune. A new book on terrorism in that land over the past 150 years – The Peaceable Kingdom: A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the present – is now available!

2 replies on “The Peaceable Kingdom”

I couldn’t stop reading this book. Phil Gurski takes you behind the scenes and discusses a subject which not many people like to talk about.

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