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Worth Fighting For

Canada’s Tradition of War Resistance from 1812 to the War on Terror

edited by Lara Campbell, Michael Dawson & Catherine Gidney

Between the Lines
Initial publish date
Mar 2015
Peace, Canadian, General, Canada
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Historians, veterans, museums, and public education campaigns have all documented and commemorated the experience of Canadians in times of war. But Canada also has a long, rich, and important historical tradition of resistance to both war and militarization. This collection brings together the work of sixteen scholars on the history of war resistance. Together they explore resistance to specific wars (including the South African War, the First and Second World Wars, and Vietnam), the ideology and nature of resistance (national, ethical, political, spiritual), and organized activism against militarization (such as cadet training, the Cold War, and nuclear arms).

As the federal government continues to support the commemoration and celebration of Canada’s participation in past wars, this collection offers a timely response that explores the complexity of Canada’s position in times of war and the role of social movements in challenging the militarization of Canadian society.

About the authors


Lara Campbell is Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University.


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Michael Dawson is Professor of History at St where he teaches courses on Canadian History, the global history of sport and tourism, and the comparative history of national identity and popular culture in Canada, New Zealand and Australia.In 2014 he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

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Catherine Gidney is a professor of history at St. Thomas University. She writes about youth culture and students in revolt over everything from vending machines to curfews to war. She is the author of Tending the Student Body: Health, Youth and the Rise of the Modern University, 1900-1960 and A Long Eclipse: The Liberal Protestant Establishment and the English-Canadian University Campus, 1920-1970.

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Editorial Reviews

Whether you are a lifelong peace activist or an enthusiast for a robust and muscular Canadian military, Worth Fighting For is worth your time… . The “warrior nation” debates are likely to continue in the foreseeable future, and the authors and editors of this fascinating book have done us all a favour by providing intelligent and well-written briefing papers on its historical background.

<p><em>Vancouver Sun</em></p>

Worth Fighting For should be required movement reading in a time when our government (and perhaps those in waiting, too) feel it’s okay to toss aside the narratives and experiences and lives lived of those who disagree with their party lines.

<p><em>CCPA Monitor</em></p>

The edited collection Worth Fighting For, is an important addition to historical literature about Canada. The nineteen different contributors provide insight into the politics, activism, institutions, social movements, and individuals that make up a long tradition of Canadian war resistance.

<p><em>Labour/Le Travail</em></p>

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