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

Canadian Military History: An Overview
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First World War
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General Histories of the War

General histories of Canadian participation in the war, both those listed here and within the more inclusive military histories of Canada listed in the General section of these pathfinders, emphasize both the horrendous human cost of the war and its role in the nation-building process. Marching to Armageddon, by Morton and Granatstein, is a very useful introduction to a great variety of questions related to the war. Legault and Lemarre include articles beyond the purely military, on topics such as broad conscription, censorship, military society and popular culture. Brown and Cook, although not a recent work, has always been regarded as very good at synthesizing the period encompassing the war and putting it into a broader context. The wartime volumes of The Canadian annual review of public affairs still provide a good overview of war chronology, and tap into the mood of the country with their extensive use of newspaper and magazine opinion.

Bindon, Kathryn M. -- More than patriotism. -- Don Mills, Ont. : Nelson, 1979. -- 192 p. -- (A personal library publication)

Brown, Robert Craig ; Cook, Ramsay. -- Canada, 1896-1921 : a nation transformed. -- Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, 1974. -- 412 p. -- (The Canadian centenary series, no. 14)

The Canadian annual review of public affairs. -- Toronto : Annual Review Pub. Co., 1914-1919

Legault, Roch ; Lamarre, Jean, dirs. -- La Première Guerre mondiale et le Canada : contributions socio-militaires québécoises. -- Montréal : Méridien, 1999. -- [270] p.

Morton, Desmond ; Granatstein, J.L. -- Marching to Armageddon : Canadians and the Great War 1914-1919. -- Toronto : Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1989. -- 288 p.

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