Table of contents


Section I: Conscription

1. "To win, at any cost": Politics and Manpower Policies, 1917
2. Conscription in the Great War
3. The Conservative Party and Conscription in the Second World War
4. The York South By-Election of 1942
5. The "Hard" Obligations of Citizenship: The Second World War in Canada
6. Conscription and My Politics

Section II: Diplomacy

7. "A self-evident national duty": Canadian Foreign Policy, 1935–1939 (and R. Bothwell)
8. Mackenzie King and Canada at Ogdensburg, August 1940
9. The Hyde Park Declaration of 1941 (and R. Cuff)
10. The Man Who Wasn't There: Mackenzie King, Canada, and the Atlantic Charter
11. Happily on the Margins: Mackenzie King and Canada at the Quebec Conferences

Section III: Politics

12. Financing the Liberal Party, 1935–45
13. King and His Cabinet, 1939–45
14. The Evacuation of the Japanese Canadians, 1942: A Realist Critique of the Received Version (and Gregory A. Johnson)
15. Arming the Nation: The Canadian Industrial War Effort, 1939–1945
16. A Half-Century On: The Veterans' Experience
17. "What Is to Be Done?": The Future of Canadian Second World War History
18. Thirty Years in the Trenches: A Military Historian's Report on the War between Teaching and Research


Canada at War examines the impact of both world wars on Canada and Canadians by examining conscription, foreign policy, and politics, with William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s longest-serving prime minister, acting as the book’s central figure. In Canada at War, J. L. Granatstein reflects on the most significant issues affecting Canadians during the wars, showing how this period ushered change into the Canadian landscape and transformed Canada into the country that it is today.