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Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety [Paperback]

Ian McKay , Jamie Swift

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May 26 2012
Once known for peacekeeping, Canada is becoming a militarized nation whose apostles—the New Warriors—are fighting to shift public opinion. New Warrior zealots seek to transform postwar Canada’s central myth-symbols. Peaceable kingdom. Just society. Multicultural tolerance. Reasoned public debate. Their replacements? A warrior nation. Authoritarian leadership. Permanent political polarization.

The tales cast a vivid light on a story that is crucial to Canada’s future; yet they are also compelling history. Swashbuckling marauder William Stairs, the Royal Military College graduate who helped make the Congo safe for European pillage. Vimy Ridge veteran and Second World War general Tommy Burns, leader of the UN’s first big peacekeeping operation, a soldier who would come to call imperialism “the monster of the age.” Governor General John Buchan, a concentration camp developer and race theorist who is exalted in the Harper government’s new Citizenship Guide. And that uniquely Canadian paradox, Lester Pearson. Warrior Nation is an essential read for those concerned by the relentless effort to conscript Canadian history.

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"Thoroughly researched and surprisingly entertaining."—Globe & Mail

"Warrior Nation tells the story—the whole story. So if you are a peaceable person either by nature or intent, you would do well to listen to Jamie Swift and Ian McKay . . . before the last trumpet sounds."
Farley Mowat, author and veteran

"With our federal government determined to glorify war and eradicate our enduring attachment to Canada as a promoter of peace, this engaging and highly readable book alerts us to what's at stake—the very soul of our nation."
Linda McQuaig, author and journalist

"McKay and Swift offer a fresh and lively account of a deep ambivalence at the core of Canada's performance on the world stage—a handmaidento empires in the costume of a peacemaker. Here is essential reading."
Ernie Regehr, co-founder of Project Ploughshares

"Warrior Nation is intended to stir controversy, and it will. With compelling prose and abundant evidence . . . Ian McKay and Jamie Swift have written an important work of engaged and impassioned history, and it deserves a wide readership."
A. B. McKillop, Chancellor's Professor and former chair of the historydepartment, Carleton University

"This excellent and timely book offers a much needed corrective to the new warrior scholarship that is becoming so pervasive. It should be on the reading list of anyone who is interested in Canadian politics, international relations, and foreign policy."
Sandra Whitworth, political science, York University

"A welcome remedy to the 'Support Our Troops' yellow ribbon epidemic."
Francis Dupuis-Déri, political science, University of Quebec at Montreal, and anti-war activist and writer

About the Author

Ian McKay is Professor of History at Queen’s University and the author of the award-winning Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People’s Enlightenment in Canada, 1890–1920.

Kingston writer Jamie Swift is the author of numerous books. He works on social justice issues for the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Text book the school didn't have. Feb. 18 2014
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Yes, this book was excellent. It provided the information needed to complete an assignment at school when the school didn't have any copies of this text book.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what was expected. Sept. 24 2013
By Thomas R. Henneberry - Published on Amazon.com
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Totally unexpected screed about Canadian politics. Some useful history, but unacceptable perspective. Wroters provided no upfront warning of their tilt.
4.0 out of 5 stars Canada reexamined May 22 2013
By William J. Hecht - Published on Amazon.com
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Inrteresting book on the conservative approach to "militarizing" Canada. A bit short on facts and data for me but a very interesting point of view. I am especially fond of its viewing the USA (us) as a dominating power. A bit of a screed in places hence the 4 stars.

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