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History Post-confederation (1867-)

Wartime

The First World War in a Canadian Town

by (author) Edward Butts

Publisher
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Oct 2017
Category
Post-Confederation (1867-), World War I, Social History
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781459410992
    Publish Date
    Oct 2017
    List Price
    $29.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459411043
    Publish Date
    Oct 2017
    List Price
    $14.95

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The First World War was the cause of dramatic changes in every Canadian community. What it meant to daily life becomes clear in this book about the war years in Guelph, Ontario. The first months were the easiest, as young men rushed to enlist. Once news of casualties and deaths started arriving, the atmosphere changed drastically. Mothers dreaded the arrival of the telegraph boy. Newspapers published fulsome obituaries which could not obscure the tragedy of their deaths. Tensions emerged — one compelling example being a secret military and police night-time raid on a Catholic seminary just outside the town, looking for young men hiding from conscription.

With these stories, Edward Butts offers a compelling portrait of people trying to make sense of a war with little evident logic. His account helps explain why the cause of the League of Nations and efforts to ensure peace in the 1920s and 1930s were so powerful amongst Canadians who had learned about the real impact of wartime on ordinary people.

Through the use of primary resources including articles from the local press, letters from overseas, and newsreels in the cinema, Butts captures the reality of the First World War for Canadians at home.

 

About the author

Edward Butts is the author of numerous books, including Murder, Line of Fire, Running With Dillinger, True Canadian Unsolved Mysteries, and The Desperate Ones, which was nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

"Offers valuable insights into the country as a whole during one of its worst calamities."

Canada's History

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