The first edition of Canada's Army quickly became the definitive history of the Canadian army. The intervening years, though, have seen major changes to how Canadians think about their military, especially in the context of the Afghan War and increased federal funding for the Canadian Forces. In the second edition of Canada's Army, J.L. Granatstein—one of the country's leading historians—updated his work with fresh material on the evolving role of the military in Canadian society, along with updated sources and illustrations. The 2011 edition has been reissued this year as part of The Canada 150 Collection.
Canada's Army traces the full three-hundred year history of the Canadian military from its origins in New France to the Conquest, the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812; from South Africa and the two World Wars to the Korean War and contemporary peacekeeping efforts, and the War in Afghanistan. Granatstein points to the inevitable continuation of armed conflict around the world and makes a compelling case for Canada to maintain properly equipped and professional armed forces.
Canada's Army offers a rich analysis of the political context for the battles and events that shaped our understanding of the nation's military. Masterfully written and passionately argued, this book has been lauded as 'belong[ing] on all concerned citizens' bookshelves.'
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.
'Compulsively readable ... [Granatstein's] cogent arguments are more important now than they have been in years.'
Marc Horton, <em>Edmonton Journal</em>
'Granatstein is, without doubt, one of Canada's pre-eminent military historians ... [Should any] Canadian wish to become functionally knowledgable about our army, this book is an excellent place to start.'
Steven Dieter, <em>Globe and Mail</em>
'[An] immensely readable tour de force through the political and battlefield swamps of army history.'
Ron Lowman, <em>Toronto Star</em>
'Everyone who cares for and about Canada's army will be pleased with Granatstein's superb book.'
Major Michael McNorgan, <em>Canadian Military Journal</em>
Other titles by J.L. Granatstein
Canada at War
Conscription, Diplomacy, and Politics
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
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