In Hometown Horizons, Robert Rutherdale considers how people and communities on the Canadian home front perceived the Great War. Drawing on newspaper archives and organizational documents, he examines how farmers near Lethbridge, Alberta, shopkeepers in Guelph, Ontario, and civic workers in Trois-RiviAures, QuAcbec took part in local activities that connected their everyday lives to a tumultuous period in history. Many important debates in social and cultural history are addressed, including demonization of enemy aliens, gendered fields of wartime philanthropy, state authority and citizenship, and commemoration and social memory. The making of Canadaas home front, Rutherdale argues, was experienced fundamentally through local means. City parades, military send-offs, public school events, womenas war relief efforts, and many other public exercises became the parochial lenses through which a distant war was viewed. Like no other book before it, this work argues that these experiences were the true qrealitiesq of war, and that the old maxim that truth is waras first victim needs to be understood, even in the international and imperialistic Great War, as a profoundly local phenomenon. Hometown Horizons contributes to a growing body of work on the social and cultural histories of the First World War, and challenges historians to consider the place of everyday modes of communication in forming collective understandings of world events. This history of a war imagined will find an eager readership among social and military historians, cultural studies scholars, and anyone with an interest in wartime Canada.In the spring of 1916, the Gait IODE organized a patriotic essay- writing contest, open to participating classes throughout the school district. Pupils competed for prizes a#39;for the best essays on patriotic subjects.a#39;55 The exercise not only served toanbsp;...
|Author||:||Robert Allen Rutherdale|
|Publisher||:||UBC Press - 2005-06|