The Great War: Moderately Great for Canada, with enhanced evidence and analysis
On Sunday, June 28th1914 two lethal shots were fired in Sarajevo and The Great War had commenced. Britain joined the war among France and Russia forming The Triple Entente. At the time Britain was in control of Canada’s foreign affairs. This was Canada’s first war, thus lacked experience. The Great War was moderately great for Canada because although they significantly achieved greatness economically and militarily, there was a loss politically and socially.
Additionally, during the war many people in Canada were treated unequally. World War I was the first time women gained the right to vote. But only women whom husbands, brothers, and sons that participated in war were allowed to vote. (Cruxton & Wilson, pg 116) This is inequality because all women should have the right to vote. Besides women voting, many members of minority groups did not have the right to vote. There was neither harmony nor equality. Another sign of inequality was minorities that wanted to participate in the war. Many volunteered for enlistments, but they had no opportunity to join. No minorities were authorized to participate in the war. (Cruxton & Wilson, pg 75) People described it as a white man’s war. Some minorities such as Aboriginals got to join the war, but in return they received nothing. (Mistry, April 4 ,2008) Discrimination of minorities and women provides evidence of inequality and discord. Canada could not keep harmony and there was conflict. Some women did get the right to vote, but ultimately there was inequality and Canada did not achieve greatness politically and socially.
World War Two Canada had just finished World War one and were still recovering from the evil and horrifying memories of the First World War. Canada had came to a decision that it would be for the best of the Canadian interest to join World War two and put an end to Germany. Britain had declared war in early September and exactly one week later Canada declared war on Germany. Not only was Germany ...
Ultimately, this was Canada’s first war and it was a learning experience. After the war was over, Canada gained more respect and independence as a nation. With considerable analysis, The Great War was moderately great for Canada. Although they significantly achieved greatness economically and extensively achieved greatness militarily, there was a loss socially andpolitically.