Canada at War: Conscription, Diplomacy, and Politics

By J.L. Granatstein

© 2020

Canada at War explores the impact of the two world wars on Canada and Canadians by examining conscription, foreign policy, and politics, with William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s longest-serving prime minister, acting as the book’s central figure. In this collection of essays, J.L. Granatstein brings together research from archives in Canada and abroad, illuminating Canada's political transition from the British to American sphere of influence in the first half of the twentieth century. Granatstein reflects on the most significant issues affecting Canadians during the wars, showing how this period ushered change into the Canadian landscape and transformed Canada into the country that it is today.

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This essay collection traces the sustained work over the past fifty years of the foremost historian of Canadian politics in the era of the two world wars.

Canada at War: Conscription, Diplomacy, and Politics

By J.L. Granatstein

© 2020

Canada at War explores the impact of the two world wars on Canada and Canadians by examining conscription, foreign policy, and politics, with William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s longest-serving prime minister, acting as the book’s central figure. In this collection of essays, J.L. Granatstein brings together research from archives in Canada and abroad, illuminating Canada's political transition from the British to American sphere of influence in the first half of the twentieth century. Granatstein reflects on the most significant issues affecting Canadians during the wars, showing how this period ushered change into the Canadian landscape and transformed Canada into the country that it is today.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
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    "J.L. Granatstein is a national treasure. For over sixty years, this soldier, professor, museum director, public intellectual, and professional provocateur has been exploring and revealing the hard truths behind Canada’s national history. This collection of his essays stirs the historical imagination and is essential reading for all Canadians who want to understand war and politics in all their complexity. In his unflinching style and pursuit of the past as it was, and not how we wish it were, Granatstein has revealed not only how Canadians struggled in times of conflict and turmoil, but also how those decisions continue to resonate and shape contemporary Canada."


    Tim Cook, author of Vimy: The Battle and the Legend and The Fight for History: 75 Years of Forgetting, Remembering, and Remaking Canada's Second World War

    "This collection traces the sustained work over the past fifty years of the foremost historian of Canadian politics in the era of the two world wars. It is a wonderful journey of discovery into the new sources and analytical frameworks with which he reshaped our understanding of this crucial era. Lucid prose – Granatstein’s trademark – brings to life the remarkable people and the burning issues that profoundly influenced the country and brought it onto the world stage at a time of international upheaval and violence."


    Roger Sarty, Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Author Information

    J.L. Granatstein is the former director and CEO of the Canadian War Museum and a distinguished research professor emeritus of History. He is an award-winning author of more than sixty books on Canadian political and military history, the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
  • Table of contents

    Preface
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    Introduction

    Section One: Conscription

    1. "To win, at any cost": Politics and Manpower Policies, 1917
    2. Conscription in the Great War
    3. The Conservative Party and Conscription in the Second World War
    4. The York South By-Election of February 9, 1942: A Turning Point in Canadian Politics  
    5. The "Hard" Obligations of Citizenship: The Second World War in Canada
    6. Conscription and My Politics

    Section Two: Diplomacy

    7. "A Self-Evident National Duty": Canadian Foreign Policy, 1935–1939 (with Robert Bothwell)
    8. Mackenzie King and Canada at Ogdensburg, August 1940
    9. The Hyde Park Declaration 1941: Origins and Significance (with R.D. Cuff)
    10. The Man Who Wasn't There: Mackenzie King, Canada, and the Atlantic Charter
    11. Happily on the Margins: Mackenzie King and Canada at the Quebec Conferences

    Section Three: Politics

    12. Financing the Liberal Party, 1935–1945
    13. King and His Cabinet: The War Years  
    14. The Evacuation of the Japanese Canadians, 1942: A Realist Critique of the Received Version (with Gregory A. Johnson)
    15. Arming the Nation: Canada's Industrial War Effort, 1939–1945

    Section Four: Reflections 

    16. A Half-Century On: The Veterans' Experience
    17. "What Is to Be Done?": The Future of Canadian Second World War History
    18. Thirty Years in the Trenches: A Military Historian's Report on the War between Teaching and Research

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