Paper $37.95 ISBN: 9780774826402 Published July 2014 For sale in USA only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780774826396 Published November 2013 For sale in USA only

A National Force

The Evolution of Canada’s Army, 1950-2000

Peter Kasurak

A National Force

Peter Kasurak

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

368 pages
Paper $37.95 ISBN: 9780774826402 Published July 2014 For sale in USA only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780774826396 Published November 2013 For sale in USA only
This landmark book dispels the idea that the period between the Second World War and the unification of the armed services  in 1968 constituted the Canadian Army’s “golden age.” Drawing on recently declassified documents, Peter Kasurak depicts an era clouded by the military leadership’s failure to loosen the grasp of British army culture, produce its own doctrine, and advise political leaders effectively. The discrepancy between the army’s goals and the Canadian state’s aspirations as a peacemaker in the postwar world resulted in a series of civilian-military crises that ended only when the scandal of the Somalia Affair in 1993 forced reform.
Contents

Introduction

1 The 1950s: A Professional Army?

2 Soldiers, Civilians, and Nuclear Warfare in the 1960s

3 The Army and the Unified Force, 1963-67

4 Trudeau and the Crisis in Civil-Military Relations

5 Reform, Regimentalism, and Reaction

6 The Plan for a “Big Army”

7 The Unified Staff and Operational Difficulties

8 Reform and Constabulary Realism

Conclusion; Notes on Sources; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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