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The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History [Hardcover]

J. L. Granatstein , Dean F. Oliver
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Oct. 12 2010
Winner of the 2011 C.P. Stacey Award. 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.

Their 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. We see Canada 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 now - more than ever - remember.

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J.L. Granatstein is an award-winning historian who has received the Order of Canada and the Pierre Berton Award, among other distinctions. For over 30 years he was a professor of Canadian History at York University, and later the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian War Museum. He is the author of over 60 books, including A Dictionary of Canadian Military History, Who Killed Canadian History?, Yankee Go Home?, Who Killed The Canadian Military?, The Generals, and Victory 1945. Dean F. Oliver is the Director of Research and Exhibitions at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University's Department of History. In 2010 he was made a Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in honour of his contributions to history.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of Canadian military history Jan. 14 2011
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I bought that book for my son who is interested in military history, and it is a remarkable reference! It is organized like an encyclopedia, but one can also enjoy reading it just by opening it and looking at what every page has to offer, which includes lots of photos, illustrations, maps, etc. Anyone who is interested in military and Canadian history should own this book. The text is rich in details and citations that make every paragraph a pleasure to read. A must have!
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