The First World War is often credited as being the event that gave Canada its own identity, distinct from that of Britain, France, and the United States. Less often noted, however, is that it was also the cause of a great deal of friction within Canadian society. The fifteen essays contained in Canada and the First World War examine how Canadians experienced the war and how their experiences were shaped by region, politics, gender, class, and nationalism.
Editor David MacKenzie has brought together some of the leading voices in Canadian history to take in-depth looks into the tensions and fractures the war caused and to address the way some attitudes and perceptions about the country were changed while others remained the same. The essays vary in scope, but are strongly unified so as to create a collection that treats its subject in a complete and comprehensive manner.
Canada and the First World War is a tribute to esteemed University of Toronto historian Robert Craig Brown, one of Canada's greatest authorities on World War One, and the contributors include a cross-section of his friends, colleagues, contemporaries, and former students. Together, they provide a fitting tribute to a scholar who has contributed greatly to Canadians' understanding of their past. The collection is a significant contribution to the on-going re-examination of Canada's experiences in war.
Preface, David MacKenzie
Introduction, David MacKenzie
1. Craig Brown's Logical Reason,Ramsay Cook
II Fighting the War
2. The Military Effort, 1914-1918, Terry Copp
3. Conscription in the Great War, J.L. Granatstein
4. Political Leadership in the First Worls War, John English
5. Against Isolationalism: Napoleon Belcourt, French Canada, and "La grande guerre", Patrice Dutil
6. The Economic Impact of the Great War, Douglas McCalla
III The War at Home
7. Mobilizing Canadian Women for War, Joan Sangster
8. Supporting Soldiers' Families: Separtion Allowance, Assigned Pay and the Unexpected, Des Morton
9. Ontario and the Great War: Variations on a Patriotic Theme, Adam Crerar
10. The Crusade for Science: Science and Technology on the Home Front. Rod Millard
11. Canada Invaded!: The Great War, Mass Culture, and Canadian Nationalism, Paul Litt
12. Eastern Approaches: Maritime Canada and Newfoundland, David MacKenzie
IV The Aftermath
13. Canada and the Peace Settlements, Margaret MacMillan
14. Remembering Armageddon, Jonathan Vance
‘Robert Craig Brown honoured Canada as his adopted home. By his work on the National Policy, Robert Borden, and other pivotal people and events, he added new dimensions to our understanding of the Canadian enterprise. At the same time he set the highest standards for Canadian historical scholarship. This book is a most fitting tribute to Brown, truly a historian’s historian.’David J. Bercuson, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary