Canada's Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace

Canada's Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace

by J.L. Granatstein


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Canada's Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace by J.L. Granatstein

The first edition of Canada's Army quickly became the definitive history of the Canadian army. The intervening years, though, have seen major changes to how Canadians think about their military, especially in the context of the Afghan War and increased federal funding for the Canadian Forces. In the second edition of Canada's Army, J.L. Granatstein—one of the country's leading historians—updated his work with fresh material on the evolving role of the military in Canadian society, along with updated sources and illustrations. The 2011 edition has been reissued this year as part of The Canada 150 Collection.

Canada's Army traces the full three-hundred year history of the Canadian military from its origins in New France to the Conquest, the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812; from South Africa and the two World Wars to the Korean War and contemporary peacekeeping efforts, and the War in Afghanistan. Granatstein points to the inevitable continuation of armed conflict around the world and makes a compelling case for Canada to maintain properly equipped and professional armed forces.

Canada's Army offers a rich analysis of the political context for the battles and events that shaped our understanding of the nation's military. Masterfully written and passionately argued, this book has been lauded as 'belong[ing] on all concerned citizens' bookshelves.'

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487516666
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Series: Canada 150 Collection Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

J.L. Granatstein is the former director and CEO of the Canadian War Museum and taught Canadian history for thirty years.

Table of Contents


  1. The Militia Myth: Canadian Arms to Confederation
  2. Making an Army: Beginnings
  3. A Militia under Arms: Sam Hughes's Army
  4. Becoming Professional: Arthur Currie's Army
  5. Losing Professionalism: The Interwar Years
  6. McNaughton's Army: The Long Wait
  7. Into Battle: Sicily and Italy, July 1943-June 1944
  8. Into Battle: Northwest Europe and Italy, June 1944-May 1945
  9. The Professional Army, 1945-1968
  10. Professionalism under Siege, 1968-2001
  11. Afghanistan and the Re-making of the Army
  12. Conclusion: The Army and the Nation

A Selected Bibliography of Secondary Sources
Illustration Credits

What People are Saying About This

David Bercuson

'Jack Granatstein is the dean of Canadian military history. In Canada's Army, he has combined his sweeping knowledge of the subject with the easy flowing writing style that has made so many of his books best-sellers ...'

Marc Milner

'Lucid and compelling, Canada's Army combines masterfully written narrative history with a trenchant critique of the relationship between the nation and its army in war and peace. A must-read for all Canadians who ever wonder about our role in the world ... '

Lieutenant-General Charles H. Belzile

'Canada's Army is a veritable tour de force ... This book, which reads like a novel, belongs on all concerned citizens' bookshelves.'

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