The Bitter Harvest of War
Published: May 2, 2008
Non-Fiction / NB Military Heritage Series
Paperback: 9780864925114 $16.95
Published by Goose Lane Editions with the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society
In 1917, the Canadian Corps captured Vimy Ridge in northern France, and a myth grew that Canada — as a nation — was born on its slopes. But the cost was tremendous: 10,000 Canadians were killed, wounded, or went missing in the three-day battle. Shortly thereafter, Prime Minister Robert Borden assembled a "Union Government" to support conscription and called an election on the issue. Canada split along ethnic lines: English Canadians supported conscription; French Canadians rejected it. By year end, Canada teetered on the brink of civil war.
The Bitter Harvest of War is Volume 11 in the New Brunswick Military Heritage Series.
Andrew Theobald holds degrees in history from Mount Allison University, the University of New Brunswick, and Queen's University. He is the author of The Bitter Harvest of War: New Brunswick and the Conscription Crisis of 1917, "Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers", and numerous scholarly articles.
"A significant contribution to our understanding of what went on in 1917 ... Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Canada during the First World War."— Chronicle Herald