Abraham Rotstein

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Abraham Rotstein
Born(1929-04-10)April 10, 1929
DiedApril 27, 2015(2015-04-27) (aged 86)
Toronto, Canada
Academic career
InstitutionUniversity of Toronto
Alma materUniversity of Toronto

Abraham Rotstein (10 April 1929 – 27 April 2015) was a Canadian economist who was a professor of economics at the University of Toronto.[1][2] He was a fellow of Massey College. He is best known as a co-founder of the Committee for an Independent Canada. He received his doctorate from the University of Toronto in 1967 for the thesis Fur Trade and Empire: An Institutional Analysis.[3] He was a student of Karl Polanyi.[4]

Rotstein was married for much of his life to Diane, with whom he had two children.[5] After his retirement from the University of Toronto, he came out as gay.[5]


Articles and addresses[edit]

  • Rotstein, Abraham. "Foreign Ownership of Industry: A New Canadian Approach." The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs , Vol. 58, No. 231 (July 1968): 260–268. doi:10.1080/00358536808452754
  • Rotstein, Abraham. "Karl Polanyi's Concept of NonMarket Trade," The Journal of Economic History, Vol. XXX, March 1970, pp. 117–26
  • Rotstein, Abraham. "Canada: The New Nationalism." Foreign Affairs, No. 55 (October 1976): 97–118.
  • Rotstein, Abraham. "Is There a Canadian Nationalism?" In Goals for Canada: Walter L. Gordon Lecture Series, 1977–78. Toronto: Canada Studies Foundation, 1978.
  • Rotstein, Abraham. "Is There an English-Canadian Nationalism?" Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 13, No. 2 (May 1978): 109–118. ISSN 0021-9495
  • Rotstein, Abraham. "Innis: The Alchemy of Fur and Wheat "Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'études canadiennes, Volume 12, Number 5, Winter 1977, pp. 6–31


  • Rotstein, Abraham. Beyond Industrial Growth. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1976 ISBN 978-0-8020-6286-4 [6]
    • Review, Canadian Public Policy, Spring, 1978, vol. 4, no. 2, p. 271–272
    • Review, Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, Jul., 1977, vol. 6, no. 4, p. 487–488
  • Rotstein, Abraham, and Gary Lax. Getting It Back: A Program for Canadian Independence. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1974. ISBN 978-0-7720-0694-3 [7]
  • Rotstein, Abraham. The Precarious Homestead; Essays on Economics, Technology and Nationalism. Toronto: New Press, 1973. ISBN 978-0-88770-711-7 [8]
  • Rotstein, Abraham, and Gary Lax. Independence: the Canadian Challenge. Toronto: Committee for an Independent Canada, 1972. ISBN 978-0-7710-7746-3 [9]
  • Abraham Rotstein. The Prospect of Change: Proposals for Canada's Future. McGraw-Hill, 1965. OCLC 5778078 [10]
    • Reviewed by J R Mallory; International Journal, Autumn, 1965, vol. 20, no. 4, p. 548–549 [11]