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A National Force

The Evolution of Canada’s Army, 1950-2000

by (author) Peter Kasurak

Publisher
UBC Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2013
Category
Canada, Post-Confederation (1867-), General
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780774826419
    Publish Date
    Nov 2013
    List Price
    $34.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780774826396
    Publish Date
    Nov 2013
    List Price
    $95.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780774826402
    Publish Date
    Jul 2014
    List Price
    $34.95

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Description

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.

About the author

Peter Kasurak retired in 2007 after leading the defence and national security sections of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. He holds a PhD in military and diplomatic history from Duke University and teaches part-time at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

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Awards

  • Short-listed, C.P. Stacey Award for scholarly work in Canadian Military History

Editorial Reviews

This book is probably the most exhaustive study of Canadian Army doctrine and development in print. Readers should understand that Kasurak set out to produce a history of the doctrine of the Canadian Army and the development of the force as an institution representative of the nation that it serves. Anyone looking to understand the Canadian Army, its history, institutional culture, and relationship to the Canadian nation will not be disappointed in this book.

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