Canada 1919

A Nation Shaped by War

Edited by Tim Cook

Canada 1919

Edited by Tim Cook

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

320 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $34.95 ISBN: 9780774864077 Published May 2020 For sale in USA only

With compelling insight, Canada 1919 examines the year following the Great War – a war that was, for Canada, completely unexpected in its magnitude. In the midst of relief that the killing had ended, economic and political tensions were fraught as the survivors attempted to right the country and chart a path into the future.
The Canadian Corps had played a significant role in the war and were hailed as the “shock troops” of the British empire. They came home full of both sorrow and pride in their accomplishments, wondering what they would do, and how they would fit in with their families. The military stumbled through a massive demobilization. The government struggled to hang on to power. Labour seethed, and the threat of Bolshevism emerged. At the same time there were positive changes, and a new Canadian nationalism was forged.
This book offers a fresh perspective on the concerns of the time: the treatment of veterans, including nurses and Indigenous soldiers; the place of children; the influenza pandemic; the rising farm lobby; the role of labour; Canada’s international standing; and commemoration of the fallen. Canada 1919 exposes the ways in which war shaped Canada – and the ways it did not.

Contents
Introduction / Tim Cook and J.L. Granatstein
1 The Long 1919: Hope, Fear, and Normalcy / Alan Bowker
2 Coming Home / Dean F. Oliver
3 “Playing With Fire”: Changes to Canadian Repatriation Plans and their Contribution to 1919 Riots / William Stewart
4 New Battlegrounds: Treating VD in Belgium and Germany, 1918-19 / Lyndsay Rosenthal
5 “L’honneur de notre race:” The Return of the 22nd Battalion(Canadien-français) to Quebec City, May 1919 / Serge Marc Durflinger
6 Demobilization and Colonialism: Indigenous Homecomings in 1919 / Brian MacDowall
7 Victory at a Cost: General Currie’s Contested Legacy / Tim Cook
8 Dealing with the Wounded: The Evolution of Care on the Home Front to 1919 / Kandace Bogaert
9 In Death’s Shadow: The 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic and War in Canada / Mark Osborne Humphries
10 The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919: The Role of the Veterans / David J. Bercuson
11 The Group of 7 and the First World War / Laura Brandon
12 Demobilizing Childhood / Kristine Alexander
13 “At Peace with the Germans, but at War with the Germs:” Canadian Nurse Veterans in the Aftermath of the First World War / Mélanie Morin-Pelletier
14 A Timid Transformation: The First World War’s Legacy on Canada’s Federal Government / Jeff Keshen
15 Politics Undone: The End of the Two Party System / J.L. Granatstein
16 Growing Up Autonomous: Canada and Britain through the First World War and into the Peace / Norman Hillmer
17 The Past Futures and Plans of the Canadian and Other Dominion Armies in 1919 / Douglas E. Delaney
18 The Navy Reborn; An Air Force Created? Parsimony, and the Burden of History in Making Canadian Defence Policy, 1919 / Roger Sarty
19 “Our Gallant Em
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