The Bitter Harvest of War: New Brunswick and the Conscription Crisis of 1917

The Bitter Harvest of War: New Brunswick and the Conscription Crisis of 1917

by Andrew Theobald
     
 

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In 1917, the Canadian Corps captured Vimy Ridge in northern France, and a myth grew that Canada -- as a nation -- was born on its slopes. But the cost was tremendous: 10,000 Canadians were killed, wounded, or went missing in the three-day battle. Shortly thereafter, Prime Minister Robert Borden assembled a "Union Government" to support conscription and called an

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In 1917, the Canadian Corps captured Vimy Ridge in northern France, and a myth grew that Canada -- as a nation -- was born on its slopes. But the cost was tremendous: 10,000 Canadians were killed, wounded, or went missing in the three-day battle. Shortly thereafter, Prime Minister Robert Borden assembled a "Union Government" to support conscription and called an election on the issue. Canada split along ethnic lines: English Canadians supported conscription; French Canadians rejected it. By year end, Canada teetered on the brink of civil war. As Andrew Theobald reveals, New Brunswickers were not spared the bitter divisiveness of the larger national debate. Determined to win the election, federal politicians fanned the flames of ethnic tension, pitting English against French and Irish Catholics against Protestants. In the end, the Conscription Crisis of 1917 fractured the ethnic harmony of New Brunswick, leaving a lasting and tragic legacy. The Bitter harvest of War is Volume 11 in the New Brunswick Military Heritage Series.

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"A significant contribution to our understanding of what went on in 1917 . . . Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Canada during the First World War." — Chronicle Herald

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780864925909
Publisher:
Goose Lane Editions
Publication date:
09/30/2011
Series:
New Brunswick Military Heritage Series , #11
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
120
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Andrew Theobald hails from Saint John, New Brunswick. He holds a BA from Mount Allison University and an MA from the University of New Brunswick, and has served in the Canadian Forces Reserve. He is presently completing a PhD at Queen's University. His work has appeared in Acadiensis, the University of Toronto Quarterly, and the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.

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