For Home and Empire

Voluntary Mobilization in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand during the First World War

By (author) Steve Marti
Categories: History
Series: Studies in Canadian Military History
Publisher: UBC Press
Hardcover : 9780774861205, 216 pages, October 2019

Table of contents


1 Dominion over War: Local Volunteers, Dominion Mobilization, and the Imperial War Effort

2 Hands across the Sea: Greater Britain, New France, and the Ties to Home and Homeland

3 Far from Home: Race and the Boundaries of Communal Mobilization

4 Aliens or Allies: Southern and Eastern European Immigrants and the Bonds of Military Service

5 As Obsolete as the Buffalo and the Tomahawk: Assimilation, Autonomy, and the Mobilization of Indigenous Communities


Notes; Bibliography; Index

For Home and Empire compares home-front mobilization during the First World War in three British dominions, using a settler colonial framework to show that voluntary efforts strengthened communal bonds while reinforcing class, race, and gender boundaries.


This is the first book to compare voluntary wartime mobilization across the Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand home fronts. It draws together case studies from the dominion home fronts to build a history of nations and empire in wartime. Steve Marti examines the motives and actions of those involved in the voluntary war effort, applying the framework of settler colonialism to reveal the geographical and social divides that separated communities as they organized for war.


Marti’s research is impressive and suggestive, and the comparative approach will add substantially to further efforts to understand the Great War in the British Dominions.

- J.L. Grantastein

Steve Marti’s lively and informative monograph For Home and Empire: Voluntary Mobilization in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand during the First World War will be a worthwhile addition to the reading list of anyone interested in understanding the impact of the Great War on the British Empire.  

- Patrick H. Brennan

Marti weaves together multiple strands of historiography to present fresh insights into the wartime societies of Australia, New Zealand and Canada...[his] level of detail and meticulously supported arguments offer little room for critique.

- Jordan Beavis, University of Newcastle, Australia