Canada's Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace

Canada's Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace

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By J.L. Granatstein
The Canada 150 Collection
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2011
World Rights
688 Pages
ISBN 9781487516666
Published Jun 2017
Online discount: 25%
 $44.95    $33.71

The first edition of Canada's Army quickly became the definitive history of the Canadian army. The intervening years, though, have seen major changes to how Canadians think about their military, especially in the context of the Afghan War and increased federal funding for the Canadian Forces. In the second edition of Canada's Army, J.L. Granatstein—one of the country's leading historians—updated his work with fresh material on the evolving role of the military in Canadian society, along with updated sources and illustrations. The 2011 edition has been reissued this year as part of The Canada 150 Collection.

Canada's Army traces the full three-hundred year history of the Canadian 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, and the War in Afghanistan. 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.

Canada's Army offers a rich analysis of the political context for the battles and events that shaped our understanding of the nation's military. Masterfully written and passionately argued, this book has been lauded as 'belong[ing] on all concerned citizens' bookshelves.'

J.L. Granatstein is the former director and CEO of the Canadian War Museum and taught Canadian history for thirty years.


  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 Re-making of the Army
  12. Conclusion: The Army and the Nation

A Selected Bibliography of Secondary Sources
Illustration Credits

'Lucid and compelling, Canada's Army combines masterfully written narrative history with a trenchant critique of the relationship between the nation and its army in war and peace. A must-read for all Canadians who ever wonder about our role in the world ... '

Marc Milner, Department of History, University of New Brunswick, and author of Canada's Navy: The First Century, Second Edition (2010)

'Jack Granatstein is the dean of Canadian military history. In Canada's Army, he has combined his sweeping knowledge of the subject with the easy flowing writing style that has made so many of his books best-sellers ...'

David Bercuson, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary, and author of Blood on the Hills: The Canadian Army in the Korean War (1999)

'Canada's Army is a veritable tour de force ... This book, which reads like a novel, belongs on all concerned citizens' bookshelves.'

Lieutenant-General Charles H. Belzile, CM CMM CD (Retired), Commander of Canada's Army (Force Mobile Command) 1981-6

'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, Globe and Mail

'Compulsively readable ... [Granatstein's] cogent arguments are more important now than they have been in years.'

Marc Horton, Edmonton Journal

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

Major Michael McNorgan, Canadian Military Journal

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

Ron Lowman, Toronto Star