The Bitter Harvest of War: New Brunswick and the Conscription Crisis of 1917 [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780864925909
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions and the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society
  • Publication date: 9/30/2011
  • Series: New Brunswick Military Heritage Series , #11
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Ebook edition
  • 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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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Lessons of World War, 1914-1916 17

Ch. 2 Vimy Ridge and Conscription, January-November 1917 51

Ch. 3 The Crisis Manifest, December 1917-November 1918 75

Conclusion 95

Chronology 103

Acknowledgements 105

Photo Credits 106

Selected Bibliography 107

Index 111

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