World War I
World War I is widely viewed as one of the most important formative events in Canada's early history as a sovereign country. Though Canada became independent of Great Britain in 1867, it retained strong formal ties to its colonial-era motherland, and Canada's entry into World War I in 1914 was largely dictated by its close diplomatic and political relationship with Britain, particularly in regard to foreign policy. Britain exerted a great measure of control over Canadian foreign affairs during the early decades of Canada's independence, and when Britain declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914, it effectively meant that Canada was at war as well.
Historians have noted that public support for Canada's entry into World War I was...Read more