A Time Such as There Never Was Before: Canada After the Great War by Alan BowkerA Time Such as There Never Was Before: Canada After the Great War by Alan Bowker

A Time Such as There Never Was Before: Canada After the Great War

byAlan Bowker

Paperback | September 6, 2014

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Between 1918 and 1921 a great storm blew through Canada and raised the expectations of a new world in which all things would be possible.|

The years after World War I were among the most tumultuous in Canadian history: a period of unremitting change, drama, and conflict. They were, in the words of Stephen Leacock, "a time such as there never was before."

The war had been a great crusade, promising a world made new. But it had cost Canada sixty thousand dead and many more wounded, and it had widened the many fault lines in a young, diverse country. In a nation struggling to define itself and its place in the world, labour, farmers, businessmen, churches, social reformers, and minorities had extravagant hopes, irrational fears, and contradictory demands.

What had this sacrifice achieved? Whose hopes would be realized and whose dreams would end in disillusionment? Which changes would prove permanent and which would be transitory? A Time Such As There Never Was Before describes how this exciting period laid the foundation of the Canada we know today.

Alan Bowker worked for thirty-five years in Canada's foreign service, including serving as high commissioner to Guyana. He has a Ph.D. in Canadian history and has taught at Canada's Royal Military College. He is the editor of two collections of Leacock essays, On the Front Line of Life and Social Criticism. He lives in Ottawa.
Title:A Time Such as There Never Was Before: Canada After the Great WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.04 inPublished:September 6, 2014Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read to understand our country Mr. Bowker is able to get to the heart of this nation's soul with a compelling account of the state of nation during the turn of the century. His style makes for an enjoyable reading and one is driven to turn the page and read on. There are surprises as well that give insight into the thinking in the provinces and the motivations to enter the war. A must read for anyone who wants to understand our country.
Date published: 2014-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from highly recommended reading This is a very readable, detailed account of how Canada developed and matured as a nation as a result of World War I. The book is broken down into chapters that detail specific themes or events (such as the Winnipeg General Strike, the Spanish Influenza epidemic, religion, politics, social programs, and treatment of immigrants). Although all of these events and trends were developing simultaneously in the post-war period, Dr. Bowker?s clear and ordered approach and insightful analysis help us to understand each element on its own and understand its role in Canada?s history. We emerge from reading this book with a fascinating picture of Canada?s development from an adolescent colony to a mature, independent country in her own right. It is definitely worthwhile reading for anyone, but should be considered mandatory for any Canadian!
Date published: 2014-09-27

Editorial Reviews

Alan Bowker has given us a richly textured picture of Canada as it emerged from the First World War. His engaging and readable account shows the great social, political and economic trends that were changing the country yet also brings out the individual voices of Canadians. - Margaret MacMillan, Warden, St. Antony's College, Oxford University, Author of Paris 1919; Six Months That Changed the World