Worth Fighting for

Worth Fighting for

Canada's Tradition of War Resistance From 1812 to the War on Terror

Book - 2015
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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.

Publisher: Toronto : Between the Lines, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781771131797
Branch Call Number: 327.1720971 Wor
Characteristics: 313 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Jun 20, 2016

Demonstrates that the peace movement in Canada is not a recent phenomenon, but predates the War of 1812, primarily with the peace churches (Quakers, Mennonites, Brethren etc.), and that even Pentecostals tried creative ways at avoiding conscription during WWII. The book also proves that Canada is violating its international obligations by refusing refugee status to American conscientious objectors to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It concludes with a discussion of the national anthem and attempts to link it to our military past and refusal to sing it as being "unpatriotic". 17 articles, about 20 authors, well versed in the subjects contained.

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