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From Victoria to Vladivostok

Canada’s Siberian Expedition, 1917-19

This groundbreaking book brings to life a forgotten chapter in the history of Canada and Russia – the journey of 4,200 Canadian soldiers from Victoria to Vladivostok in 1918 to help defeat Bolshevism. Combining military and labour history with the social history of BC, Quebec, and Russia, Benjamin Isitt examines how the Siberian Expedition exacerbated tensions within Canadian society at a time when a radicalized working class, many French-Canadians, and even the soldiers themselves objected to a military adventure designed to counter the Russian Revolution. The result is a highly readable and provocative work that challenges public memory of the First World War while illuminating tensions – both in Canada and worldwide – that shaped the course of twentieth-century history.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Why Siberia?

Part 1: Canada’s Road to Siberia

1 1917: A Breach in the Allied Front

2 Vladivostok: 1917

3 The Road to Intervention

4 Mobilization

5 Departure Day

Part 2: To Vladivostok and Back

6 Vladivostok: 1919

7 “Up Country” and Evacuation

8 Afterword



Notes; Bibliography; Index

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