Canada’s Great War, 1914 -1918: How Canada Helped Save the British Empire and Became a North American Nation

A book that tells of Canada’s role in the First World War through the experiences of Canadian and American soldiers is the focus of a new publication by Dr. Brian Tennyson, Professor Emeritus, Department of History and Culture at Cape Breton University (CBU). 

Canada’s Great War, released in December 2014 and published by Rowman and Littlefield, New York, shows how Canadian attitudes toward Britain began to change during the war, while at the same time extensive Canadian-American cooperation in 1917-18 greatly improved Canadian attitudes toward the United States. In the end, although Canada went into the war to help save the British Empire, it emerged from the war as an autonomous nation with a distinctly North American orientation.

Canada’s Great War describes the country’s military contribution, focusing on its army—which eventually included more than 600,000 men—but also telling the largely unknown story of its navy and substantial contribution to the Royal Air Force. It also discusses the profound political, economic and social impact of the war on Canadians, showing not only how Canada advanced from Dominion status to nationhood but had its faith in British leadership badly shaken while becoming increasingly integrated economically and culturally with the United States.

“I hope this book is of great interest to many, in Canada and the United States. This part of our history is not widely known but is very important given the profound changes that resulted from it.  Its storytelling format will work well in the classroom and will also be enjoyed by other readers,” says Tennyson.

For more information on the book, visit Rowman and Littlefield.