Canada's Navy, 2nd Edition: The First Century

By Marc Milner

© 2010

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 - now celebrating its one hundredth anniversary - has been an expression of Canadian nationhood and a catalyst in the complex process of national unity.

In the second edition of Canada's Navy, Marc Milner brings his classic work up to date and looks back at one hundred years of the Navy in Canada. With supplementary photos, updated sources, a new preface and epilogue, and an additional chapter on the Navy's global reach from 1991 to 2010, this edition carries Canadian Naval history into the twenty-first century. Milner brings effortless prose and exacting attention to detail to his comprehensive and accessible examination of this fascinating Canadian organization. This much-needed update of Canada's Navy will continue to provoke discussion about the past and future of the country's naval forces and their evolving role in the interwoven issues of maritime politics and economics, defence and strategy, and national and foreign policy.

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  • Page Count: 504 pages
  • Illustrations: 82
  • Dimensions: 6.5in x 1.0in x 9.5in
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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, 2nd Edition: The First Century

By Marc Milner

© 2010

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 - now celebrating its one hundredth anniversary - has been an expression of Canadian nationhood and a catalyst in the complex process of national unity.

In the second edition of Canada's Navy, Marc Milner brings his classic work up to date and looks back at one hundred years of the Navy in Canada. With supplementary photos, updated sources, a new preface and epilogue, and an additional chapter on the Navy's global reach from 1991 to 2010, this edition carries Canadian Naval history into the twenty-first century. Milner brings effortless prose and exacting attention to detail to his comprehensive and accessible examination of this fascinating Canadian organization. This much-needed update of Canada's Navy will continue to provoke discussion about the past and future of the country's naval forces and their evolving role in the interwoven issues of maritime politics and economics, defence and strategy, and national and foreign policy.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 504 pages
  • Illustrations: 82
  • Dimensions: 6.5in x 1.0in x 9.5in
  • Reviews

    'Milner's book ... will serve for many as the navy's "official history." '
    John D. Harbron
    Globe and Mail

    'Marc Milner is one of the soundest counsels in Canadian military history.'
    Roger Marsters
    Atlantic Books Today

    'This welcome new book is stimulating, authoritative, and current. Canada's Navy: The First Century is a great read.'
    Jan Drent
    Maritime Affairs

    'A delightful tour de force.'
    Ron Lowman
    Toronto Star

    'This book, like the first edition, provides an outstanding narrative of the history of the Canadian Navy, and should hold a place of honour on every naval officer’s bookshelf.'
    Jurgen Duewel
    Canadian Military Journal, vol10:03:2010

    '[Canada's Navy] will long remain the standard account of how the Canadian navy was created, developed, and used ... Marked by breadth of learning, masterly analysis, and a generous scholarship, it is a model and an inspiration. Canadians, and naval historians around the world, are once again in Milner's debt.'
    Andrew Lambert
    The International History Review

    'A focused and consolidated history, Milner has achieved a great accomplishment with this much-needed addition and upgrade to the history of the Canadian Navy.'
    Todd Jerry
    H-Canada, September 2010

    ‘Milner’s book is an essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the broader question of Canadian defense politics… He has opened up the door for a much more sophisticated and nuanced understanding of the nexus of Canadian politics, national interest, and sea power.’


    Rob Huebert
    War in History vol 20:02:2013
  • 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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