Fighting from Home paints a comprehensive and, at times, intimate portrait of Verdun and Verdunites at war. Serge Durflinger offers an innovative interpretive approach towards understanding wartime Canadian and Quebec social and cultural dynamics. In Verdun, English and French speakers lived side by side. Durflinger shows that, through their home-front activities as much as through enlistment, French-speaking Verdunites were partners beside their English-speaking neighbours in the prosecution of Canada's war. Shared experiences and class similarities facilitated the development of common local identities based in pride and belonging. The need for social accommodation shaped responses based in a sense of local, not necessarily national, identity. They were all Verdunites and this is more a story of convergence than divergence. The war, and Ottawa's wartime policies, quickly filtered down to the community and individual levels, where Canadian men and women responded to the needs of the war and thereby made possible its successful prosecution.
Serge Durflinger is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Ottawa.
Preface Introduction: Studying War at the Local Level 1 Forging a Community 2 Once More into the Breach 3 City Hall Goes to War 4 The People's Response 5 Institutions and Industry 6 Family and Social Dislocation 7 The Political War 8 Peace and Reconstruction Conclusion Notes Select Bibliography Index