Allied Power: Mobilizing Hydro-electricity during Canada's Second World War
Canada emerged from the Second World War as a hydro-electric superpower. Only the United States generated more hydro power than Canada and only Norway generated more per capita. Allied Power is about how this came to be: the mobilization of Canadian hydro-electricity during the war and the impact of that wartime expansion on Canada’s power systems, rivers, and politics.
Matthew Evenden argues that the wartime power crisis facilitated an unprecedented expansion of state control over hydro-electric development, boosting the country’s generating capacity and making an important material contribution to the Allied war effort at the same time as it exacerbated regional disparities, transformed rivers through dam construction, and changed public attitudes to electricity though power conservation programs.
An important contribution to the political, environmental, and economic history of wartime Canada, Allied Power is an innovative examination of a little-known aspect of Canada’s Second World War experience.
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- Page Count: 290 pages
- Illustrations: 25
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
‘Evenden tells a truly remarkable tale… It presents in a coherent and well-organized manner a crucial chapter in the story of how Canada achieved a remarkable level of industrial productivity during and after the war.’
Canadian Business History Association – The Prospectus, November 2017
‘This book will appeal to specialists in war on the home front as well as those interested in environmental history and business history, especially aluminum production.’
Canadian Historical Review vol 98:02:2017
‘Eminently readable, engaging, and well supported with ample maps and images, this book will be useful not only for scholars of the Canadian home front and wartime mobilization, but also for those looking at other countries in the context of resource development during the Second World War.’
H-Environment, September 2015
‘Allied Power should prove to be a very important contribution of lasting value to the scholarly community and the general reader alike.’
Canadian Military History vol 27:01:2018
‘Allied Power adds an important dimension to our understanding about how WWII catalyzed the power of federal state in Canada while enabling and shaping the nature of postwar economic expansion on which so much of Canada’s recent history turns.’
Canadian Journal of History - vol 53:01:2018
“Allied Power firmly establishes Matthew Evenden as a premier historian of the Canadian environment. The book achieves what few works of Canadian history can muster: nearly Canada-wide geographic coverage that nevertheless accounts for nuanced regional and provincial variation. It has much to teach about Canadian wartime hydroelectric development and its consequences for human and natural communities.”
David Massell, Department of History, University of Vermont
“An original and ambitious book, Allied Power tackles broad and important themes in an engaging and accessible fashion. It augments our understanding of the shared commitment by business and government to harnessing Canadian natural resources for the war effort and explains in detail the extraordinary complexity of developing power generation and distribution facilities on a scale capable of meeting skyrocketing demand.”
Keith Fleming, Department of History, Western University
“Allied Power is a path-defining study of the energy sources for modern warfare and the environmental costs of ‘clean power,’ by one of Canada’s leading historical geographers. Uniting environmental history, warfare history, and economic development studies, Matthew Evenden opens a new perspective on the global reach of the Second World War.”
Richard P. Tucker, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
Author InformationMatthew Evenden is a professor in the Department of Geography as well as the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia.
Table of contents
2. Seeking Control
3. C’est la Guerre
4. Keepers of the Light
5. Wartime Conservation
6. The Prairie Ruhr
7. Wringing the Last Kilowatt
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