The Great War and Canadian Society: An Oral History

TitleThe Great War and Canadian Society: An Oral History
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1978
AuthorsRead, Daphne
Number of Pages223
PublisherNew Hogtown Press

The British declaration of war automatically brought Canada into the war, because of Canada's legal status as a British Dominion which left foreign policy decisions in the hands of the British parliament. However, the Canadian government had the freedom to determine the country's level of involvement in the war. On August 4, 1914, the Governor General declared a war between Canada and Germany. The Militia was not mobilized and instead an independent Canadian Expeditionary Force (CAF) was raised. This book, based on oral history interviews explored how Canadian citizens experienced the war at home and in the CAF, which included not only soldiers but voluntary nurses, which served under the Red Cross too. This is one of the first accounts on everyday history of the Canadian society during World War I.

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