Worth Fighting For: Canada's Tradition of War Resistance from 1812 to the War on Terror
Published by: Between the Lines
Imprint: Between the Lines
Sales Date: 2015-03-20
Published: March 2015
Imprint: Between the Lines
Page Count: 328 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
328 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.90 in
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Historians, veterans, museums, and public education campaigns have all documented and commemorated the experience of Canadians in times of war. But Canada also has a long, rich, and important historical tradition of resistance to both war and militarization. This collection brings together the work of sixteen scholars on the history of war resistance. Together they explore resistance to specific wars (including the South African War, the First and Second World Wars, and Vietnam), the ideology and nature of resistance (national, ethical, political, spiritual), and organized activism against militarization (such as cadet training, the Cold War, and nuclear arms).
As the federal government continues to support the commemoration and celebration of Canada’s participation in past wars, this collection offers a timely response that explores the complexity of Canada’s position in times of war and the role of social movements in challenging the militarization of Canadian society.
Lara Campbell, Michael Dawson, Catherine Gidney
- Chapter 1: Scruples of Conscience’ and the Historic Peace Churches in the War of 1812
- Chapter 2: A Mixed Blessing: the Pacifist Sects of Upper Canada and Exemption from Militia Duty, 1793–1867
- Chapter 3: Dissent in Canada against the Anglo-Boer War, 1899–1902
- Chapter 4: With Thought and Faith: Henri Bourassa and the Great War
- Chapter 5: A Better Truth: The Democratic Legacy of Resistance to Conscription, 1917–1921
- Chapter 6: Challenging Strathcona: The Cadet Training Controversy in English Canada, 1920–1950
- Chapter 7: ‘This thing is in our blood for 400 years’: Conscientious Objection in Canadian Historic Peace Churches During the Second World War
- Chapter 8: Principal Purdie Objects: Canadian Pentecostal Students and Conscription during World War Two
- Chapter 9: Margaret Ells Russell, Women Strike for Peace, and the Global Politics of ‘Intelligent Compassion,’ 1961–1965
- Chapter 10: Bridging and Breaching Cold War Divides: Transnational Peace Building, State Surveillance and the Voice of Women
- Chapter 11: Fighting the War at Home: Voice of Women and War Toy Activism in Postwar Canada
- Chapter 12: Project La Macaza: A Study of Two Canadian Peace Protests in the 1960s
- Chapter 13: 'A Very Major Wheel That Helped Grind Down the War:' The Canadian anti-Draft Movement, 1966–73
- Chapter 14: The Fasting Granny vs. the Trudeau Government: Demanding an End to the Canadian Presence in Vietnam
- Chapter 15: 'A good teacher is a revolutionary': Alternative War Perspectives in Toronto Classrooms, 1960s–1990s
- Chapter 16: Rewriting History: Iraq War Resisters’ Struggle for Asylum in Canada and the Mythology of Vietnam
- Chapter 17: 'There is nothing more inclusive than ‘O Canada’: New Brunswick’s Elementary School Anthem Debate and the Shadow of Afghanistan
Michael Dawson and Catherine Gidney
Worth Fighting For should be required movement reading in a time when our government (and perhaps those in waiting, too) feel it’s okay to toss aside the narratives and experiences and lives lived of those who disagree with their party lines.
The edited collection Worth Fighting For, is an important addition to historical literature about Canada. The nineteen different contributors provide insight into the politics, activism, institutions, social movements, and individuals that make up a long tradition of Canadian war resistance.
Whether you are a lifelong peace activist or an enthusiast for a robust and muscular Canadian military, Worth Fighting For is worth your time… . The “warrior nation” debates are likely to continue in the foreseeable future, and the authors and editors of this fascinating book have done us all a favour by providing intelligent and well-written briefing papers on its historical background.