Canada's Navy: The First Century

By Marc Milner

© 1999

From its eighteenth-century roots in exploration and trade, to the major conflicts of the First and Second World Wars, through to current roles in multinational operations with United Nations and NATO forces, Canada's navy has been an expression of Canadian nationhood and a catalyst in the complex process of national unity.

In Canada's Navy: The First Century, Marc Milner argues that the history of the Royal Canadian Navy falls into three distinct periods. Until 1939, the navy was essentially a national orphan - neglected by government, spurned by Canadians, composed largely of expatriate Britons, and lacking a clearly identifiable national role. The Second World War and the postwar years saw that role defined. During the war, the navy underwent an astonishing expansion that brought together Canadian industry, government, and people to produce the third largest navy in the world by 1945. That navy made a decisive contribution to winning the war in the Atlantic, and, with the outbreak of the Cold War, went on to confirm Canada's new and important role as part of a wider western alliance in the defence of shipping in the Atlantic. Since that time, naval history has been a struggle to reconcile naval ambitions for fleet development with those of the government, and to find a national identity for the service itself.

The result has been the renaissance of the last two decades, which has seen the navy re-emerge from the wreckage of unification as an independent institution and with the fleet completely rebuilt. At the end of the century, the navy is the most modern and capable of Canada's armed services, and having discarded the imperial cloak of its early years, it is now identified with the nation it serves. Milner suggests that this remarkable metamorphosis may have been brought about by the coalescing of the visions of the navy, the nation, and the state. How long this will continue remains for the next century to determine.

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A wide-ranging look at the history of the Canadian Navy, from its beginnings in 18th-century exploration and trade, to its astonishing expansion during the Second World War, through to its current roles in operations with United Nations and NATO forces.

Canada's Navy: The First Century

By Marc Milner

© 1999

From its eighteenth-century roots in exploration and trade, to the major conflicts of the First and Second World Wars, through to current roles in multinational operations with United Nations and NATO forces, Canada's navy has been an expression of Canadian nationhood and a catalyst in the complex process of national unity.

In Canada's Navy: The First Century, Marc Milner argues that the history of the Royal Canadian Navy falls into three distinct periods. Until 1939, the navy was essentially a national orphan - neglected by government, spurned by Canadians, composed largely of expatriate Britons, and lacking a clearly identifiable national role. The Second World War and the postwar years saw that role defined. During the war, the navy underwent an astonishing expansion that brought together Canadian industry, government, and people to produce the third largest navy in the world by 1945. That navy made a decisive contribution to winning the war in the Atlantic, and, with the outbreak of the Cold War, went on to confirm Canada's new and important role as part of a wider western alliance in the defence of shipping in the Atlantic. Since that time, naval history has been a struggle to reconcile naval ambitions for fleet development with those of the government, and to find a national identity for the service itself.

The result has been the renaissance of the last two decades, which has seen the navy re-emerge from the wreckage of unification as an independent institution and with the fleet completely rebuilt. At the end of the century, the navy is the most modern and capable of Canada's armed services, and having discarded the imperial cloak of its early years, it is now identified with the nation it serves. Milner suggests that this remarkable metamorphosis may have been brought about by the coalescing of the visions of the navy, the nation, and the state. How long this will continue remains for the next century to determine.

Based on extensive ar

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    'A delightful tour de force.'


    Jan Drent
    Maritime Affairs
  • Author Information

    Marc Milner teaches at the University of New Brunswick and has written extensively on Canadian naval and military history. His previous books include The U-Boat Hunters (1994) and North Atlantic Run (1985).

  • Table of contents

    PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
    PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
    MAPS

    PART ONE THE ORPHAN SERVICE

    CHAPTER 01 Nobody’s Baby
    CHAPTER 02 Hove To, 1910–1914
    CHAPTER 03 The Not-So-Great War, 1914–1918
    CHAPTER 04 The Lean Years, 1919–1939

    PART TWO FINDING A ROLE

    CHAPTER 05 Building a Fleet and Finding a Role, 1939–1941
    CHAPTER 06 Taking a Hit for the Team, 1942
    CHAPTER 07 The Politics of Ambition, 1943
    CHAPTER 08 Forging a Tradition and a Postwar Fleet, 1943–1945
    CHAPTER 09 Towards a National Navy, 1945–1948
    CHAPTER 10 A ‘Made in Canada’ Navy, 1947–1950

    PART THREE SECURING A PLACE

    CHAPTER 11 The Halcyon Days, 1950–1958
    CHAPTER 12 Uncharted Waters, 1958–1964
    CHAPTER 13 Hard Lying, 1964–1968
    CHAPTER 14 The Locust Years, 1968–1980
    CHAPTER 15 Renaissance, 1980–1991
    CHAPTER 16 Global Reach, 1991–2010

    EPILOGUE
    NOTES
    SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
    ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
    INDEX
    Illustrations follow page

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