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Fighting from Home

The Second World War in Verdun, Quebec

In Verdun, English and French speakers lived side by side. Through their home-front activities as much as through enlistment, they proved themselves partners in the prosecution of Canada’s war. Shared experiences and class similarities shaped responses based first and foremost in a sense of local identity. Fighting from Home paints a comprehensive, at times intimate, portrait of Verdun and Verdunites at war. Durflinger offers an innovative interpretive approach to wartime Canadian and Quebec social and cultural dynamics in this history of the Canadian home front during the Second World War.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Studying War at the Local Level

1 Forging a Community

2 Once More into the Breach

3 City Hall Goes to War

4 The People’s Response

5 Institutions and Industry

6 Family and Social Dislocation

7 The Political War

8 Peace and Reconstruction



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