The Politics of the Mackenzie King Government, 1939-1945
Canada’s transformation during World War II is an amazing piece of history, still recounted best by award-winning writer and scholar, J.L. Granatstein.
First published over forty years ago, Canada’s War remains the only account of the domestic and world politics of World War II. At the outset of war, Canada was a nation of 11 million people, trapped in the morass of the Great Depression. Over the next half-dozen years, Gross National Product doubled and over a million men and women went into uniform. The war cost Canada $18 billion, yet the country emerged with a stronger economy, not to mention new provisions for unemployment insurance, health care, family allowance, and the Veterans’ Charter.
Granatstein describes the complex politics at home and abroad that enabled Canadian men and women to prevail abroad. Key topics include the conferences at Ogdensburg and Hyde Park, the billion-dollar gift, Lend-Lease, the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and conscription. Granatstein also provides fascinating insight into the personalities that steered Canada through this nation-forging period, particularly William Lyon Mackenzie King.
This Rocks’ Mills edition contains an entirely new introduction by the author, an updated reading list, contemporary portraits of key figures, as well as other archival photographs.
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J.L. Granatstein, OC, FRSC, was awarded the J.B. Tyrell medal in 1992 for “outstanding work in Canadian history” and the Vimy Award in 1996. His recent publications include The Greatest Victory: Canada’s One Hundred Days, 1918, and The Best Little Army in the World: The Canadians in Northwest Europe, 1944–45. Type your paragraph here.
455 pages • 6 X 9 • paperback • new introduction by the author • updated bibliographic essay • 18 new b/w photographs