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Give Me Shelter: The Failure of Canada’s Cold War Civil Defence [Hardcover]

Andrew Burtch

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Feb. 21 2012 Studies in Canadian Military History Series

How could you and your family survive a nuclear war? From 1945 onwards, the Canadian government developed civil defence plans and encouraged citizens to join local survival corps. By the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil defence program was widely mocked, and the public was still vastly unprepared for nuclear war. An exposé of the challenges of educating the public on the threat of nuclear annihilation, Give Me Shelter provides a well-grounded explanation of why Canada’s civil defence strategy ultimately failed. It is essential reading for anyone interested in Canada’s Cold War home front.

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"Civil defence in Cold War Canada is largely uncharted territory, and this rich, pioneering study reveals the political, psychological, and practical challenges of trying to generate popular preparedness for the unthinkable: a nuclear holocaust at home. Burtch's complex yet lively narrative not only engages existing scholarly debates, but should launch new ones as well." - P. Whitney Lackenbauer, co-author of Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Based on evidence from recently opened document collections, Give Me Shelter uncovers the myriad reasons for the failure of Canada’s nuclear civil defence efforts during the Cold War.

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