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Price: $37.95

Paperback 528 pp.
150 b/w illustrations, 71 colour illustrations, and 30 maps, 7.5" x 9.625"



Publication date:
October 2016

Imprint: OUP Canada

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History

J. L. Granatstein and Dean F. Oliver

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.

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.

Readership : This title will sell into a range of markets: those with a perennial interest in military matters as well as Canadian history, students, and historians of Canada, and those who have an ongoing concern with US-Canada relations (policymakers, etc.).

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History
Appendix: Ministers and Military Chiefs
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J.L. Granatstein is an award-winning historian who has written more than 60 books, including Canada's Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace and The Last Good War. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has received the Pierre Berton Award and the J.W. Dafoe Prize, among other distinctions. He taught Canadian history for 30 years and is a former director and CEO of the Canadian War Museum.

Dean F. Oliver is the director of research and exhibitions at the Canadian War Museum and an adjunct research professor at Carleton University's Department of History. He is the co-author, with Laura Brandon, of Canvas of War: Painting the Canadian Experience, 1914 to 1945. 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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Battlefield - Edited by Richard Holmes and Martin Marix Evans
The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War - Edited by Hew Strachan
Canadian Poetry from World War I - Edited by Joel Baetz
Maple Leaf Empire - Jonathan F. Vance
The Greatest Victory - J. L. Granatstein

Special Features

  • Over 220 original photographs, paintings, and maps, many of which have not been seen before.
  • Highly respected authors: J.L. Granatstein's honours include the Order of Canada, the Pierre Berton Award, the National History Award, the J.W. Dafoe Prize, the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography, the Canadian Authors Association's Lela Common Award for Canadian History, the J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal, and the Vimy Award. He has also received many honorary degrees.
  • Recently knighted by the Netherlands, Dean F. Oliver is the chief curator of the Canadian War Museum and has access to considerable unpublished material.
  • Published in association with the Canadian War Museum, which has given us access to rare archival material that has not been seen by the general public.
  • Highly readable entries include compelling accounts of central international battles, key political analysis, and defining historical events.