War can subject nations and their peoples to immense strain, and the dangers both tear societies apart and transform attitudes at a great pace. In this collection of his previously published essays on the two world wars, J.L. Granatstein brings together research from archives in Canada and abroad, illuminating Canada’s political transition from the British to American sphere of influence in the first half of the twentieth century.
Canada at War examines the impact of both world wars on Canada and Canadians by examining conscription, foreign policy, and politics, with William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s longest-serving prime minister, acting as the book’s central figure. Mackenzie King knew that Canada had barely survived the conscription crisis of the Great War, and he strove to avoid similar political strains in the Second World War. In Canada at War, Granatstein reflects on the most significant issues affecting Canadians during the wars, showing how this period ushered change into the Canadian landscape and transformed Canada into the country that it is today.
About the author
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 atwww.whosewar.ca.
Other titles by J.L. Granatstein
A Nation Shaped by War
Politics of Survival
The Conservative Part of Canada, 1939-1945
Insiders Reflect on Foreign Policy, Trade, and Defence, 1968-84
Waging War and Keeping the Peace
Filling the Ranks
Manpower in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918
The Weight of Command
Voices of Canada’s Second World War Generals and Those Who Knew Them
The Greatest Victory
Canada's One Hundred Days, 1918
Why Canada Was Unprepared for the Second World War
In the National Interest
Canadian Foreign Policy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009