Canada and the First World War, Second Edition: Essays in Honour of Robert Craig Brown

Edited by David MacKenzie

© 2018

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 an in-depth look into the tensions and fractures the war caused, and to address the way some attitudes 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 the Great War World War One. The collection is a significant contribution to the on-going re-examination of Canada's experiences in war, and a must-read for students of Canadian history.

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  • Page Count: 502 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.1in x 9.0in
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This book comprises a collection of original essays on Canada’s experience during the First World War. The essays were written by more than a dozen of Canada’s leading historians in honour of Robert Craig Brown, a historian who has had an important impact on the writing of history in Canada.

Canada and the First World War, Second Edition: Essays in Honour of Robert Craig Brown

Edited by David MacKenzie

© 2018

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 an in-depth look into the tensions and fractures the war caused, and to address the way some attitudes 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 the Great War World War One. The collection is a significant contribution to the on-going re-examination of Canada's experiences in war, and a must-read for students of Canadian history.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 502 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.1in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "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
  • Author Information

    David MacKenzie is a professor in the Department of History at Ryerson University.
  • Table of contents

    Preface, David MacKenzie
    Introduction, David MacKenzie

    I Introduction
    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

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