A Nation in Conflict: Canada and the Two World Wars

A Nation in Conflict: Canada and the Two World Wars

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By Andrew Iarocci and Jeffrey A. Keshen
Themes in Canadian History
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2015
World Rights
272 Pages 6 Images
ISBN 9780802095701
Published Dec 2015
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The First and Second World Wars were two of the most momentous events of the twentieth century. In Canada, they claimed 110,000 lives and altered both the country’s domestic life and its international position. A Nation in Conflict is a concise, comparative overview of the Canadian national experience in the two world wars that transformed the nation and its people.

With each chapter, military historians Jeffrey A. Keshen and Andrew Iarocci address Canada’s contribution to the war and its consequences. Integrating the latest research in military, social, political, and gender history, they examine everything from the front lines to the home front. Was conscription necessary? Did the conflicts change the status of Canadian women? Was Canada’s commitment worth the cost?

Written both for classroom use and for the general reader, A Nation in Conflict is an accessible introduction to the complexities of Canada’s involvement in the twentieth century’s most important conflicts.

Andrew Iarocci is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Western University and a former collections manager for transportation and artillery at the Canadian War Museum.

Jeffrey A. Keshen is Dean of Arts at Mount Royal University.


Chapter 1: Politics and Recruitment

Chapter 2: Mobilizing for Total War

Chapter 3: Fighting the Wars on Land

Chapter 4: Life and Death at Sea

Chapter 5: Battles in the Air

Chapter 6: Society and Morality


Selected Further Reading

“Skilfully moving between the two world wars, carefully tying together the events from the battlefields and the home front, Iarocci and Keshen interpret the Canadian story with verve and passion. This is a first-rate introduction to Canada’s wars and how they shaped the nation.”

J.L. Granatstein, author of 'Canada's Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace'

‘A fascinating glimpse into wartime Canada… The authors succeed in delivering a readable, wider view of Canada’s role in the world wars.’

J. Tucci, Choice Magazine vol 53:11:2016

‘The authors’ coverage of the two world wars is exhaustive, and very little escapes their attention… Iarocci and Keshen do largely succeed in offering us a new way of looking at Canada’s experience of the two major wars of the twentieth century.’

Jonathan Weier, BC Studies winter 2016/17

‘This is an ideal reader for undergraduates or for those looking for an accessible text and expert analysis on Canada’s role in the two World Wars and their impact on Canadian society.’

Tim Cook, Canadian Historical review vol 97:03:2016