Fighting with the Empire

9780774860406: Hardback
Release Date: 1st April 2019

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Release Date: 1st October 2019

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Release Date: 1st April 2019

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 220

Series Studies in Canadian Military History

UBC Press

Fighting with the Empire

Canada, Britain, and Global Conflict, 1867–1947

This insightful collection untangles the paradox of mobilizing a Canadian contribution to Britain’s imperial wars – and forging a national identity in the process.
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Canadians often characterize their military history as a march toward nationhood, but in the first eighty years of Confederation they were fighting for the British Empire. War forced Canadians to re-examine their relationship to Britain and to one another. As French Canadians, Indigenous peoples, and those with roots in continental Europe and beyond mobilized for war, their participation challenged the imagined homogeneity of Canada as a British nation. Fighting with the Empire examines the paradox of a national contribution to an imperial war effort, finding middle ground between affirming the emergence of a nation through warfare and equating Canadian nationalism with British imperialism.

Introduction / Steve Marti and William John Pratt

Part 1: Mobility and Mobilization

1 Fathers and Sons of Empire: Domesticity, Empire, and Canadian Participation in the Anglo-Boer War / Amy Shaw

2 Daughter in My Mother’s House, but Mistress in My Own: Questioning Canada’s Imperial Relationship through Patriotic Work, 1914–18 / Steve Marti

3 Postal Censorship and Canadian Identity in the Second World War / William John Pratt

Part 2: Persons and Power

4 Guardians of Empire? Imperial Officers in Canada, 1874–1914 / Eirik Brazier

5 Francophone-Anglophone Accommodation in Practice: Liberal Foreign Policy and National Unity between the Wars / Robert J. Talbot

6 Claiming Canada’s King and Queen: Canadians and the 1939 Royal Tour / Claire L. Halstead

Part 3: Hardly British

7 For King or Country? Quebec, the Empire, and the First World War / Geoff Keelan

8 Anti-fascist Strikes and the Patriotic Shield? Canadian Workers and the Employment of “Enemy Aliens” in the Second World War / Mikhail Bjorge

9 First Nations and the British Connection during the Second World War / R. Scott Sheffield

Conclusion / Steve Marti

Selected Bibliography; Index

Steve Marti is a First World War historian based in Kingston, Ontario. He is the author of the forthcoming book For Home and Empire: Voluntary Mobilization in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand during the First World War, and a co-editor of The Great War: From Memory to History.

William John Pratt is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta. He has published a variety of articles and book chapters on Canadian military history and Western Canadian history and co-edited several volumes of the University of Calgary History of Medicine Days conference proceedings.

Fighting with the Empire addresses central controversies about the very nature of Canadian national history and how imperialism and nationalism intersect. It exposes ethnic and racist assumptions and offers original insights into how different groups used the Crown and British heritage in their pursuit of particular goals. I highly recommend it.

Isabel Campbell, Directorate of History and Heritage, Canadian Department of National Defence