Canada in the Great Power Game

Canada in the Great Power Game


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"Canada in the Great Power Game 1914-2014 is a serious contemplation of what it means to engage in major world conflicts, and the price we pay when we do...In Canada in the Great Power Game, Gwynne Dyer moves back and forth between the seminal event, the First World War, and all the later conflicts that Canada chose to fight in. He draws parallels between these conflicts, with the same idealism among the young soldiers, and the same deeply conflicted emotions among the survivors, surfacing time and again in every war right down to Afghanistan. And in each case, the same arguments pro and con arise--mostly from people who are a long, safe way from the killing grounds--for every one of those "wars of choice.""--
Publisher: Toronto,Ontario :, Random House Canada,, copyright 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780307361684
Characteristics: 423 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm


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Nov 27, 2018

finally understand what the Bomarc-B missile crisis was about

May 22, 2015

How do you account for the loss of approximately 60,000 Canadian soldiers in WW I? Sadly you cannot. Most Historians argue that this human sacrifice was necessary to preserve peace, liberty and freedom in Canada. This position is disingenuous. In 1914 Canada was a country without a Constitution. charter or even a flag. Woman could not vote. Most Canadians volunteered to fight because they were influenced by Imperial propaganda or simply did not know better. Canadians of Ukrainian, Polish and Serbian descent were sent to detention camps. Chinese Canadians who helped build the National Railway in 1885 were faced withe burden of a $500 Head Tax and endured humiliation and racism. Military Regiments in 1914 would not allow any Chinese participation. Where was their freedom and rights? Hey did we not go to war to defend democracy? How could we preserve it when we did not enjoy it at home? Mr. Dyer's book provides an unique, riveting and unsettling account of how we valued the soldiers we so foolishly and recklessly sent off to war!

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