Canada's Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace, Third Edition

By J.L. Granatstein

© 2021

Originally published in 2002, Canada's Army quickly became the definitive history of the Canadian military. In the twenty intervening years, we have seen major changes to how Canadians think about their military, and in the ways Canadians fight, train, and serve their nation in peace and in war.

Written by J.L. Granatstein, one of the country's leading political and military historians, Canada's Army traces the full three-hundred-year history of the Canadian military. This thoroughly revised third edition brings Granatstein’s work up to date with fresh material and new scholarship on the evolving role of the military in Canadian society, along with updated sources, maps, and illustrations. It explores the military from its origins in New France to the Conquest, the Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812; from South Africa and the two World Wars to the Korean War and contemporary peacekeeping efforts. The third edition includes new coverage of the War in Afghanistan; NATO deployments to Poland, Latvia, and Iraq; aid to the civil power deployments; and the role of the army reserve. Granatstein points to the inevitable continuation of armed conflict around the world and makes a compelling case for Canada to maintain properly equipped and professional armed forces.

Masterfully written and passionately argued, Canada's Army offers a rich analysis of the political context for the battles and events that shape our understanding of the Canadian military.

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  • Page Count: 720 pages
  • Illustrations: 61
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In this revised and updated third edition, one of Canada's leading historians covers the history of the Canadian military to the present day.

Canada's Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace, Third Edition

By J.L. Granatstein

© 2021

Originally published in 2002, Canada's Army quickly became the definitive history of the Canadian military. In the twenty intervening years, we have seen major changes to how Canadians think about their military, and in the ways Canadians fight, train, and serve their nation in peace and in war.

Written by J.L. Granatstein, one of the country's leading political and military historians, Canada's Army traces the full three-hundred-year history of the Canadian military. This thoroughly revised third edition brings Granatstein’s work up to date with fresh material and new scholarship on the evolving role of the military in Canadian society, along with updated sources, maps, and illustrations. It explores the military from its origins in New France to the Conquest, the Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812; from South Africa and the two World Wars to the Korean War and contemporary peacekeeping efforts. The third edition includes new coverage of the War in Afghanistan; NATO deployments to Poland, Latvia, and Iraq; aid to the civil power deployments; and the role of the army reserve. Granatstein points to the inevitable continuation of armed conflict around the world and makes a compelling case for Canada to maintain properly equipped and professional armed forces.

Masterfully written and passionately argued, Canada's Army offers a rich analysis of the political context for the battles and events that shape our understanding of the Canadian military.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 720 pages
  • Illustrations: 61
  • Dimensions: 7.0in x 0.0in x 10.0in
  • Reviews

    "Granatstein is, without doubt, one of Canada’s pre-eminent military historians ... [Should any] Canadian wish to become functionally knowledgable about our army, this book is an excellent place to start."


    Steven Dieter
    The Globe and Mail

    "[An] immensely readable tour de force through the political and battlefield swamps of army history."


    Ron Lowman
    Toronto Star

    "Everyone who cares for and about Canada's army will be pleased with Granatstein’s superb book."


    Major Michael McNorgan
    Canadian Military Journal
  • 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
    Acknowledgments
    Maps

    1. The Militia Myth: Canadian Arms to Confederation
    2. Making an Army: Beginnings
    3. A Militia under Arms: Sam Hughes’s Army
    4. Becoming Professional: Arthur Currie’s Army
    5. Losing Professionalism: The Interwar Years
    6. McNaughton’s Army: The Long Wait
    7. Into Battle: Sicily and Italy, July 1943–June 1944
    8. Into Battle: Northwest Europe and Italy, June 1944–May 1945
    9. The Professional Army, 1945–1968
    10. Professionalism under Siege, 1968–2001
    11. Afghanistan and the Remaking of the Army
    12. Conclusion

    Notes
    A Selected Bibliography of Secondary Sources
    Illustration Credits
    Index

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