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With reference to major battles, the home front, and the aftermath of the war, describe the ways in which Canada, as a nation, matured from WWI.

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With reference to major battles, the home front, and the aftermath of the war, describe the ways in which Canada, as a nation, matured from WWI. In 1918, at the end of World War One, roughly 60 000 Canadians respectfully lost their lives in order for the safekeeping of millions of women, children and men all around the world. Many people question the loss of all these lives and whether or not it had been a beneficial outcome for Canada. Despite the number of soldiers sent into battle, the magnitude of these men?s deaths, and bodies littered throughout the streets, in the present time, where we have a very different perspective on World War One, many Canadians consider the impacts of this event very positive, taking into account social, economic and political standpoints. WWI helped Canada develop a more equal view on the country?s women, a drastic technological and economic growth, and Canada to become an independent nation from Britain. When looking back it is easy to understand why people view the Great War as the crisis that pushed Canada as a nation to mature. ...read more.


Many Canadians would consider our country?s ?turn of the century? to be WWI; In the years of the war, in-between 1914 to 1918, Canada experienced more development in its economy, technology and world trading, then the country had experienced in all of its time. Canada?s economy was very weak, in the beginning of the war; one-third of the labour force had enlisted; wheat production fell due to the drought; and the rate of debt was accumulating at a rapid pace every month of the war. However as soon as industries and factories providing for the war were funded, these poor economic times changed. In addition, Canada's agricultural industry output soared and Canada started exporting mass quantities of goods to Britain. In 1915 Canada established the Imperial Munitions Board (IMB), which produced war supplies for the allied armies and by 1916 IMB was Canada's largest employer, employing over 250 000 people. Even after the war Canada?s economy flourished; by 1919, field crops productions increased by 163%, fisheries increased by 74%, forest products increased by 70% and minerals increased by 19%. ...read more.


Although the terms of the treaty affected Canada in a slight way, by only receiving a small portion of the reparations, the treaty vastly improved Canada's national status. Though we signed underneath the British Empire and alongside other Dominions, Canada was already seen as a nation that could fight for their independence. As a result Canada becoming part of the League of Nations' General Assembly, Canada received a separate representation and it was its first official contact with foreign governments. The war was able to enhance Canada's independency, had it never happened ? it would have taken a much longer time for Canada to transform from a colony to a nation. So in conclusion, although WWI caused a great deal of death and destruction, it gave back much in return. WWI allowed for Canada's economy to grow immensely strong in a short period of time; it boosted industrial expansion throughout the country; and forced women to leave their homes for work ? stimulating them to fight for equality; and finally, WWI gave Canada a sense of pride in itself as a nation, separate from Britain. The Great War of 1914 was terrifyingly brutal, as well as exceedingly beneficial for Canada. ...read more.

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