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A National Force: The Evolution of Canada's Army, 1950-2000 (Studies in Canadian Military History)

Peter Kasurak

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ISBN 10: 0774826398 / ISBN 13: 9780774826396
Published by UBC Press, 2013
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Title: A National Force: The Evolution of Canada's ...

Publisher: UBC Press

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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This landmark book dispels the idea that the period between the Second World War and the unification of the armed services  in 1968 constituted the Canadian Army’s “golden age.” Drawing on recently declassified documents, Peter Kasurak depicts an era clouded by the military leadership’s failure to loosen the grasp of British army culture, produce its own doctrine, and advise political leaders effectively. The discrepancy between the army’s goals and the Canadian state’s aspirations as a peacemaker in the postwar world resulted in a series of civilian-military crises that ended only when the scandal of the Somalia Affair in 1993 forced reform.

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In A National Force, Peter Kasurak refutes the received version of army history since 1945 – that the Canadian Army was a highly professional force from the 1950s through to unification and confused thereafter. Instead, he suggests that confusion was the norm after the Second World War as the army groped for a doctrine and tried to figure out what it could be in a world in which Canada was a small player. This very important book is based on excellent use of the army’s records, and it will force debate and reinterpretation. (J.L. Granatstein, co-editor of The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History)

A National Force is a revisionist examination of civil-military relations and military effectiveness based on extensive documentary research in army files, many of which have never been used before. As a study of the fundamental responsibilities and working relationship of the national government and its professional military advisers, Peter Kasurak’s book is new and entirely original. It will be debated not only by Canadian military historians but also by a much broader readership. (Stephen Harris, chief historian, Directorate of History and Heritage, National Defence Headquarters)

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