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To understand Canada's history of Britishness, Vance looks into the military past of both countries. The fabric of Canadian life in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries owes a great deal to the presence of British military. And this, observes Vance, is a two-way relationship: he reminds us that during the two World Wars, close to a million Canadians travelled to the United Kingdom. In this form of reverse colonialism, Canadians established modest outposts in Britain, and parts of the country were Canadianized.
This new, outside-the-box narrative is Jonathan Vance at his best. Beautifully written, based on original research in the true sense of the word, and illustrated with previously unseen materials, this book reveals a side of Canada often forgotten by historians.
List of Illustrations
1. The Senior Dominion
2. The First Colonies
3. Growing Up at War
4. Canada: A British Nation
5. A New Generation in the Old Country
6. They Came, They Saw, They Conquered