Winnipeg's Great War: A City Comes of Age

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Univ. of Manitoba Press, 2010 - History - 281 pages
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From the local bestselling author of "Winnipeg 1912 "comes the riveting next chapter in the city's history. "Winnipeg's Great War "picks up in 1914, just as the city is regrouping after a brief economic downturn. War comes unexpectedly, thoughts of recovery are abandoned, and the city digs in for a hard-fought four years.
Using letters, diaries, and newspaper reports, Jim Blanchard brings us into the homes and public offices of Winnipeg and its citizens to illustrate the profound effect the war had on every aspect of the city, from its politics and economy, to its men on the battlefield and its war-weary families fighting on the homefront. He also reveals how these crucial years set the stage for the 1919 General Strike, and how the First World War transformed Winnipeg into the city it is today.
 

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User Review  - RobertP - LibraryThing

A neat social history of Winnipeg, which places Winnipeg's First World War times into the context of the War itself. Pretty balanced history, I would say, and well written. The one flag I would raise ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
New Year Society Life Theatre
19
Work Religion
39
Politics Dickens
53
Roslyn Road the Titanic
79
Railways
99
Horse Show Weddings
117
The Exhibition First Nations
135
Mitzraim
189
Grain
213
Heating Militia Hunt Club
229
Christmas Old Timers Ball
247
Endnotes
263
Bibliography
269
AcknowledgementsPhoto Credits
277
Copyright

Holidays Real Estate
161

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Jim Blanchard is the Head of Reference Services at Elizabeth Dafoe Library at the University of Manitoba. He is a former president of the Manitoba Historical Society and is the author of Winnipeg's Great War: A City Comes of Age and Winnipeg 1912, and is the editor of A Thousand Miles of Prairie: The Manitoba Historical Society and the History of Western Canada.

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