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Canada's Alliances and their Implications

In the Second World War, Canada fought as a junior alliance partner, rather than as a colony. However, during the war, the main orientation of Canada's alliance structure shifted rapidly from London to Washington. C.P. Stacey's Canada and the Age of Conflict, listed under "General Works" in the General References section, is a good introduction to Anglo-Canadian and Canadian-American relationships, while his Arms, Men and Governments, listed in this section under "Policy and Strategy", examines in detail the questions of defence and military policies between Canada and its two major allies. By contrast, in The Half-million, Stacey and Barbara Wilson concentrate on a single element of the Canadian relationship with Britain -- the presence of large numbers of Canadian troops in a foreign country.

"The Alaska Highway". -- Alaska at war, 1939-1945 : the forgotten war remembered : papers from the Alaska at war symposium, Anchorage, Alaska, November 11-13, 1993. -- Edited by Fern Chandonnet. -- Anchorage, Alaska : Alaska at War Committee, 1995. -- P. 165-194

  • A selection of five articles

Beatty, David Pierce. -- "The 'Canadian corollary' to the Monroe Doctrine and the Ogdensburg Agreement of 1940". -- The northern mariner = Le marin du nord. -- Vol. 1, no. 1 (January 1991). -- P. 3-22

Cardoulis, John N. -- A friendly invasion : the American military in Newfoundland, 1940-1990. -- St. John's, Nfld. : Breakwater, 1990. -- 224 p.

Coates, K.S. ; Morrison, W.R. -- The Alaska Highway in World War II : the U.S. army of occupation in Canada's Northwest. -- Toronto : Univ. of Toronto Press, 1992. -- 309 p.

Cuff, R.D. ; Granatstein, J.L. -- Canadian-American relations in wartime : from the Great War to the Cold War. -- Toronto : Hakkert, 1975. -- 205 p.

Dziuban, Stanley W. -- Military relations between the United States and Canada, 1939-1945. -- Washington : U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1959. -- 432 p. -- (United States Army in World War II : special studies)

Perras, Galen Roger. -- Franklin Roosevelt and the origins of the Canadian-American security alliance, 1933-1945 : necessary, but not necessary enough. -- Westport, Connecticut : Praeger, 1998. -- 156 p.

Stacey, C.P. ; Wilson, Barbara M. -- The half-million : the Canadians in Britain, 1939-1946. -- Toronto : Univ. of Toronto Press, 1987. -- 198 p.

Twichell, Heath. -- Northwest epic : the building of the Alaska Highway. -- New York : St. Martin's Press, 1992. -- 368 p.

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