Paper $32.95 ISBN: 9780774828895 Published April 2016 For sale in USA only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780774828888 Published October 2015 For sale in USA only

Unwanted Warriors

Rejected Volunteers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force

Nic Clarke

Unwanted Warriors

Nic Clarke

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

256 pages
Paper $32.95 ISBN: 9780774828895 Published April 2016 For sale in USA only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780774828888 Published October 2015 For sale in USA only
Unwanted Warriors uncovers the history of Canada’s first casualties of the Great War – men who tried to enlist but were deemed “unfit for service.” What impact did military exclusion have on these men? Nic Clarke looks for answers in the service files of 3,400 rejected volunteers and explores the mechanics of the medical examination, the physical and psychological qualities that the authorities believed made a fighting man, and how evaluations changed as the war dragged on. In the process, he exposes the deleterious effects that socially constructed norms about health and fitness had on individual men and Canadian society during the First World War.
Contents

Introduction

1 Grading Blocks of Meat: The Fit and the Unfit

2 No Longer Cause for Rejection

3 An Imperfect System

4 Clashing Concepts of Fitness

5 Not Visibly Different: Describing the Rejected

6 Uncounted Casualties: The Costs of Rejection

7 Claiming Disability to Avoid Military Service

Conclusion

Appendices, Notes, Bibliography

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