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Banner: From Colony to Country: A Reader's Guide to Canadian Military History

Canadian Military History: An Overview
War of 1812
Rebellions of 1837 and 1838
Northwest Campaign
South African War
First World War
Second World War

General References

Government and the Military

Personal Stories


Art, Music and Literature

Web Research

South African War
General References

Contemporary Accounts

"Every class was represented. Patriotic songs were sung; the mayor proclaimed a holdiay for the morrow. It was the most spontaneous ebullition of pure good spirits the Canadian public ever experienced."

W. Sanford Evans on Toronto celebrations. The Canadian Contingents and Canadian imperialism: a story and a study (1901). - P. 25

The celebratory atmosphere surrounding the departure and return of troops contrasts with the reality of participating in war, reflected in many soldiers' writings -- writings revealing for what is not stated and ambivalence towards the Boer peoples.

The literature of the day reflected the differing views towards the War, as well as attitudes and sentiments prevalent at that time.

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