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Was a 'nation' "born" at Vimy Ridge? If so, which 'nation?' Jamie Swift discusses his new book, "The Vimy Trap, or How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War."
Accounts from surviving veterans conflict with the notion that Canada's participation in the senseless meat-grinder of the First World War led to a patriotic conscience. And the introduction of conscription nearly tore 'Canada' apart, placing immense strain on French-English relations.
Thousands of Canadians were drowned in mud and blown to bits and pieces in a war that solved nothing. There is today a jarring disconnect between the Canadian mourning and soul-searching, seen in monuments and other remembrances, and the 'valour' and 'glory' that our government and NGOs now promote.
Interview with Jamie Swift
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