A Nation's Navy: In Quest of Canadian Naval Identity

A Nation's Navy: In Quest of Canadian Naval Identity

By: Michael L. Hadley (author)Hardback

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A collection of incisive essays emerging from the second Fleet Historical Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, A Nation's Navy documents for the first time the evolution of a distinctive Canadian naval identity. Contributors explore a wealth of pivotal issues: the popular perception of the Canadian navy, the navy as an instrument of national policy, the impact of various wars and conflicts, the navy as an expression of Canadian society, the distinctive role of women and the integration of francophone Canadians, and the future direction of Canadian naval policy. Contributors include Catherine E. Allan, Serge Bernier, Peter W. Cairns, Fred W. Crickard, Jan Drent, Richard H. Gimblett, William Glover, James Goldrick, Barry Gough, Michael L. Hadley, Peter T. Haydon, Michael A. Hennessy, James D. Kiras, William A. March, Doug M. McLean, Siobhan J. McNaught, Marc Milner, Bernard Ransom, Roger Sarty, Graeme R. Tweedie, Barbara Winters, and David Zimmerman.


Part 1 Soundings: The historiography of the Canadian navy: the state of the art, Marc Milner; The popular image of the Canadian navy, Michael L. Hadley. Part 2 The navy as an instrument of national policy: The RCN: Royal Colonial or Royal Canadian Navy? William Glover; The roots of the Royal Canadian Navy: sovereignty versus nationalism, 1812-1920, Graeme R. Tweedie; The rise of proto-nationalism: Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the founding of the naval service of Canada, 1902-1910, Siobhan J. McNaught; Sailors and soldiers: the Royal Navy, the Canadian forces, and the defence of Atlantic Canada, 1890-1918, Barry Gough, Roger Sarty; Fleet replacement and the crisis of identity, Michael A. Hennessy. Part 3 The navy as a fighting service: A minute Bletchley park: building a Canadian naval operational intelligence centre, 1939-1943, Catherine E. Allan; Muddling through: Canadian anti-submarine doctrine and practice, 1942-1945, Dough M. McLean; MIF or MNF? the dilemmas of the "lesser" navies in the Gulf War coalition, Richard H. Gimblett; "A good, workable little fleet": Canadian naval policy, 1945-1950, Jan Drent; Sailors, admirals, and politicians: the search for identity after the war, Peter T. Haydon. Part 4 The navy and Canadian society: A nursery of fighting seamen? the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve, 1901-1920, Bernard Ransom; The social background of the wartime navy: some statistical data David Zimmerman; The Wrens of the Second World War: their place in the history of Canadian servicewomen, Barbara Winters; A Canadian departure: the evolution of HMCS Royal Roads, 1942-1948, William A. March; HMCS Ottawa III: the navy's first French-language unit, 1969-1973, Serge Bernier. Part 4 Perspectives and policies for a new century: Strangers in their own seas? a comparison of the Australian and Canadian naval experience, 1910-1982, James Goldrick; Maritime command, national missions, and naval identity, James D. Kiras; Points of departure: towards the next forty years, Peter W. Cairns

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  • ISBN13: 9780773515062
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 496
  • ID: 9780773515062
  • ISBN10: 0773515062

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