A Nation in Conflict: Canada and the Two World Wars
Published: December 2015© 2015
272 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 x 0.70 in, 4 maps
The First and Second World Wars were two of the most momentous events of the twentieth century. In Canada, they claimed 110,000 lives and altered both the country’s domestic life and its international position. A Nation in Conflict is a concise, comparative overview of the Canadian national experience in the two world wars that transformed the nation and its people.
With each chapter, military historians Jeffrey A. Keshen and Andrew Iarocci address Canada’s contribution to the war and its consequences. Integrating the latest research in military, social, political, and gender history, they examine everything from the front lines to the home front. Was conscription necessary? Did the conflicts change the status of Canadian women? Was Canada’s commitment worth the cost?
Written both for classroom use and for the general reader, A Nation in Conflict is an accessible introduction to the complexities of Canada’s involvement in the twentieth century’s most important conflicts.
Chapter 1: Politics and Recruitment
Chapter 2: Mobilizing for Total War
Chapter 3: Fighting the Wars on Land
Chapter 4: Life and Death at Sea
Chapter 5: Battles in the Air
Chapter 6: Society and Morality
Selected Further Reading
‘A fascinating glimpse into wartime Canada… The authors succeed in delivering a readable, wider view of Canada’s role in the world wars.’J. Tucci, Choice Magazine vol 53:11:2016
‘This is an ideal reader for undergraduates or for those looking for an accessible text and expert analysis on Canada’s role in the two World Wars and their impact on Canadian society.’Tim Cook, Canadian Historical review vol 97:03:2016
‘The authors’ coverage of the two world wars is exhaustive, and very little escapes their attention… Iarocci and Keshen do largely succeed in offering us a new way of looking at Canada’s experience of the two major wars of the twentieth century.’Jonathan Weier, BC Studies winter 2016/17
‘This book’s comparative focus, wealth of accessible detail and statistics, and clear presentation means that it will be an interesting and useful addition to the classroom and the library of the general reader.’Amy Shaw, Canadian Journal of History vol 52:02:2017
“Skilfully moving between the two world wars, carefully tying together the events from the battlefields and the home front, Iarocci and Keshen interpret the Canadian story with verve and passion. This is a first-rate introduction to Canada’s wars and how they shaped the nation.”J.L. Granatstein, author of 'Canada's Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace'