Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

History Post-confederation (1867-)

Canada and the Two World Wars

by (author) J.L. Granatstein & Desmond Morton

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2003
Post-Confederation (1867-), General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2003
    List Price

Add it to your shelf

Where to buy it


Marching to Armageddon: Canadians and the Great War, 1914–1919 and A Nation Forged in Fire: Canadians and the Second World War, 1939–1945 remain classic examinations of Canada's wartime experience. In Canada and the Two World Wars, these two important books are brought together in one volume, featuring a new introduction by the authors, two of the most distinguished historians in Canada. The First World War helped to create a Canadian nation. The war was a catalyst for almost every imaginable change?from skirt lengths and sexual mores to the role of government within Canada and Canada's role within the British Empire. Much more than a military history, Marching to Armageddon evocatively recreates the effects of the war years on ordinary Canadians. All facets of war are brought home through vivid images and incisive text. A Nation Forged in Fire provides an in-depth look at the changes the Second World War brought to Canada. While Canadian soldiers fought and died in foreign lands, women moved into the workforce, industry boomed and the country became a major supplier of food and armaments. For their part, politicians used the country's new clout to demand a voice in international decisions. Old traditions and loyalties were swept aside, and the country would never be the same. (September 2003)

About the authors

J. L. GRANATSTEIN is the author of over 60 books, including the bestsellersWho Killed The Canadian Military? and Whose War Is It?, along withYankee Go Home?, Victory 1945 and The Generals, which won the J. W. Dafoe Prize and the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography. A distinguished research professor of history emeritus at York University, he was a member of the RMC Board of Governors and is chair of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. He lives in Toronto. Visit Granatstein

J.L. Granatstein's profile page

DESMOND MORTON is professor of history at the University of Toronto and principal of Erindale College. He is the author of ministers and Generals: Politics and the Canadian militia, 1868-1904, A Peculiar Kind of Politics: Canada’s Overseas Ministry in the First World War, A Campaign (with J.L. Granatstein), and numerous other books.

Desmond Morton's profile page

Other titles by J.L. Granatstein

Other titles by Desmond Morton