The First CenturyBook - 2009
From its eighteenth-century roots in exploration and trade, to the major conflicts of the First and Second World Wars, through to current roles in multinational operations with United Nations and NATO forces, Canada's navy - now celebrating its one hundredth anniversary - has been an expression of Canadian nationhood and a catalyst in the complex process of national unity.
In the second edition of Canada's Navy, Marc Milner brings his classic work up to date and looks back at one hundred years of the Navy in Canada. With supplementary photos, updated sources, a new preface and epilogue, and an additional chapter on the Navy's global reach from 1991 to 2010, this edition carries Canadian Naval history into the twenty-first century. Milner brings effortless prose and exacting attention to detail to his comprehensive and accessible examination of this fascinating Canadian organization. This much-needed update of Canada's Navy will continue to provoke discussion about the past and future of the country's naval forces and their evolving role in the interwoven issues of maritime politics and economics, defence and strategy, and national and foreign policy.
A wide-ranging look at the history of the Canadian Navy, from its beginnings in 18th-century exploration and trade, to its astonishing expansion during the Second World War, through to its current roles in operations with United Nations and NATO forces.
The service was established in 1910, so the 1999 first edition was a little premature, and Milner (history, U. of New Brunswick) has added a new chapter covering 1995 to 2006 called Global Reach. The chronological chapters are periodized into the orphan service to 1939, finding a role to 1950, and securing a place. Among specific topics are nobody's baby, the non-so-great-war 1914-18, the politics of ambition in 1943, forging a tradition and a postwar fleet 1943-45, the halcyon days 1950-58, and the locust years 1968-80. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)