I have been following with great interest The Record’s series about local men who fought in the First World War (1914-1918). It’s so sad to think of all those young men who were killed, leaving behind grieving families. I found myself wanting to read more about the war, which began 100 years ago. I came across two items at WPL that I would particularly recommend.
The Illustrated History of World War One by Ian Westwell is the kind of book I like. It’s fairly comprehensive and easy to read and has more than 350 maps and photographs. I admit I like photos, they really help me grasp a situation or event. But while the book does give a good overview of the war, unfortunately Canada is barely mentioned.
This is where I found the July/August edition of Canadian Geographic to be really excellent. Almost the entire magazine is given over to 100 ways in which the war shaped Canada.
The magazine has short as well as longer articles on all sorts of subjects: from the “temporary” introduction of income tax, to the role of women in the war, to the conscription crisis (which bitterly divided English and French Canadians and merited a much longer article, I felt) to Winnie the Pooh. Yes, Winnie the Pooh. If you are unaware of the Canadian World War One soldier/Winnie the Pooh connection, check it out. It’s fascinating.
If you want to look further into this important—and timely—topic, WPL has these and many other items on the First World War.
– – Penny D.