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Canada's Army


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Preface Acknowledgments * The Militia Myth: Canadian Arms to Confederation* Making an Army: Beginnings* A Militia under Arms: Sam Hughes's Army* Becoming Professional: Arthur Currie's Army* Losing Professionalism: The Interwar Years * McNaughton's Army: The Long Wait* Into Battle: Sicily and Italy, July 1943-June 1944* Into Battle: Northwest Europe and Italy, June 1944-May 1945* The Professional Army, 1945-1968* Professionalism under Siege, 1968-2001* Afghanistan and the Re-making of the Army* Conclusion: The Army and the Nation Notes A Selected Bibliography of Secondary Sources Illustration Credits Index

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'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 ... ' -- Marc Milner, Department of History, University of New Brunswick, and author of Canada's Navy: The First Century, Second Edition (2010) '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 ...' -- David Bercuson, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary, and author of Blood on the Hills: The Canadian Army in the Korean War (1999) 'Canada's Army is a veritable tour de force ... This book, which reads like a novel, belongs on all concerned citizens' bookshelves.' -- Lieutenant-General Charles H. Belzile, CM CMM CD (Retired), Commander of Canada's Army (Force Mobile Command) 1981-6

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


'Granatstein is, without doubt, one of Canada's pre-eminent military historians ... [Should any] Canadian wish to become functionally knowledgable about our army, this book is an excellent place to start.' -- Steven Dieter, Globe and Mail 'Compulsively readable ... [Granatstein's] cogent arguments are more important now than they have been in years.' -- Marc Horton, Edmonton Journal 'Everyone who cares for and about Canada's army will be pleased with Granatstein's superb book.' -- Major Michael McNorgan, Canadian Military Journal '[An] immensely readable tour de force through the political and battlefield swamps of army history.' -- Ron Lowman, Toronto Star

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