From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada's Siberian Expedition, 1917-19 by Benjamin IsittFrom Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada's Siberian Expedition, 1917-19 by Benjamin Isitt

From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada's Siberian Expedition, 1917-19

byBenjamin Isitt

Paperback | November 1, 2010

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As the last guns sounded on the Western Front, 4,200 Canadian soldiers, some of them conscripts, travelled from Victoria to Vladivostok to open a new theatre of war in Siberia. Part of the Allied intervention in Russia’s civil war, the force sought to defeat Bolshevism, but grim conditions, conflict among the Allies, and local opposition eventually forced Canada to evacuate the troops.

This groundbreaking book brings to a life a forgotten chapter in the history of Canada and Russia. Combining military and labour history with the social history of British Columbia, Québec, and Russia, Benjamin Isitt examines how the Siberian Expedition exacerbated tensions within Canadian society at a time when a radicalized working class, many French-Canadians, and even the soldiers themselves objected to Canada’s military adventure designed to alter the outcome of the Russian Revolution.

Military historians have tended to write off the Siberian Expeditionary Force as a mere sideshow, an embarrassing episode in the larger context of the First World War. By bringing the story of the expedition to centre stage, Benjamin Isitt illuminates a forgotten chapter in the history of labour radicalism and the complex factors that have shaped foreign policy. The result is a highly readable and provocative work that challenges public memory of the First World War.

Benjamin Isitt is a historian specializing in twentieth-century Canadian and world history, with emphasis on labour, social movements, and the process of cultural change.
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Title:From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada's Siberian Expedition, 1917-19Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.09 × 6 × 0.81 inPublished:November 1, 2010Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774818026

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Why Siberia?

Part 1: Canada’s Road to Siberia

1 1917: A Breach in the Allied Front

2 Vladivostok: 1917

3 The Road to Intervention

4 Mobilization

5 Departure Day

Part 2: To Vladivostok and Back

6 Vladivostok: 1919

7 “Up Country” and Evacuation

8 Afterword

Conclusion

Appendices

Notes; Bibliography; Index

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This groundbreaking book brings to life a forgotten chapter in the history of Canada and Russia – the journey of 4,200 Canadian soldiers from Victoria to Vladivostok in 1918 to help defeat Bolshevism. Combining military and labour history with the social history of BC, Quebec, and Russia, Benjamin Isitt examines how the Siberian Expedition exacerbated tensions within Canadian society at a time when a radicalized working class, many French-Canadians, and even the soldiers themselves objected to a military adventure designed to counter the Russian Revolution. The result is a highly readable and provocative work that challenges public memory of the First World War while illuminating tensions – both in Canada and worldwide – that shaped the course of twentieth-century history.Isitt's work is new, innovative, and important. He deftly weaves the Canadian working class opposition to war and the rising leftist sentiment among workers with the inner life of the Siberian Expedition itself. That inner life included opposition to the Siberian venture among a substantial section of the contingent. No less important, he melds a national story with an international one. He reveals new aspects of international cooperation in the attempt to suppress the Bolshevik revolution as well as international rivalries among the countries that intervened in Russia. - Larry Hannant, editor of The Politics of Passion: Norman Bethune's Writing and Art