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The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History    
Format Hardcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-19-543088-2
Pages 474
Language English only
Price $70.00
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Written by J.L. Granatstein and Dean F. Oliver.
Published by Oxford University Press, 2011.


The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History examines Canada's role as both war fighter and peacekeeper from the first colonial conflicts to the Afghanistan War. The battle of Vimy Ridge, the Dieppe raid, the Italian Campaign: the Canadian military has been indispensable to many of the greatest victories – and disasters – of our time. The evolution of Canada as a military power is chronicled here by military historians J.L. Granatstein and Dean F. Oliver in this authoritative and highly readable book.

Entries are arranged from A-Z and fully cross-referenced, with a complete index to guide readers to related topics. The entries include concise biographies from James Wolfe to Louis Riel to Rick Hillier; key military-political issues like the conscription crises, war finance, and Canada-US relations; lesser-known conflicts such as the Pig War and the Aroostook War; and more recent issues facing the Canadian Forces, including sexual harassment and post-traumatic stress disorder. Canada is seen through an international lens as a war fighter and a peacekeeper - and as a participant in some darker moments (as in the Somalia Affair of the 1990s).

Rare photographic material and original wartime paintings (reproduced in full colour) illustrate the people, events, and hardware that define Canada's military history. Additional material includes a timeline chart and a list of ministers and military chiefs. An authoritative guide and compelling read, The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History reminds us of our collective history that we must continue to investigate, understand, and remember.

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