Engaging the Line: How the Great War Shaped the Canada-US Border by Brandon R. DimmelEngaging the Line: How the Great War Shaped the Canada-US Border by Brandon R. Dimmel

Engaging the Line: How the Great War Shaped the Canada-US Border

byBrandon R. Dimmel

Paperback | April 15, 2017

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For decades, people living in adjacent communities along the Canada–US border enjoyed close social and economic relationships with their neighbours across the line. The introduction of new security measures during the First World War threatened this way of life by restricting the movement of people and goods across the border. Many Canadians resented the new regulations introduced by their provincial and federal governments, deriding them as “outside influences” that created friction where none had existed before.

Engaging the Line examines responses to wartime regulations in several border communities, including Windsor, Ontario; Detroit, Michigan; and White Rock, British Columbia. This book brings to life the repercussions for these communities and offers readers a glimpse at the origins of our modern, highly secured border by tracing the shifting relationship between citizens and the state during wartime.

Brandon R. Dimmel is a historian and writer based in London, Ontario, who has taught in the departments of history at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Windsor. His work on the history of the Canada–US border and the First World War has been published in Histoire sociale/Social History, Journal of Borderlands Stud...
Title:Engaging the Line: How the Great War Shaped the Canada-US BorderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:242 pages, 8.95 × 6 × 0.57 inPublished:April 15, 2017Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0774832754

ISBN - 13:9780774832755

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Table of Contents


Part 1: Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan

1 “Brothers Once More”: Relations between Windsor and Detroit

2 “Part and Parcel”: Administering the Windsor-Detroit Border

Part 2: St. Stephen, New Brunswick, and Calais, Maine

3 The “Ties that Bind”: Relations between St. Stephen and Calais

4 “A Very Convenient Arrangement”: Administering the St. StephenCalais Border

Part 3: White Rock, British Columbia, and Blaine, Washington

5 “God Save the King”: Relations between White Rock and Blaine

6 Booze and Bandits: Administering the White Rock–Blaine Border





Editorial Reviews

Engaging The Line is a smart, crisp account of the First World War’s impact on border life. The topic is not merely timely but compelling … Engaging The Line is likeable and meticulously researched, a warm account of an era we left behind.

- Holly Doan - Blacklock’s Reporter - 20170422