A detailed discussion of World War One is outside of the
scope of this exhibition. Yet one cannot fully appreciate this display
without some understanding of the war.
A great deal of quality material is readily available
on the Internet. The links here are some of the most useful sites on Canada's
involvement in the war, and the impact of the war on Canadian politics
Accounts of Canada's Participation in the First World War
A number of Web sites have information on the progress
of the war and Canada's involvement in the war effort.
A very good and detailed overview is an exhibition, First World War (1914 - 1918), on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site.
Another good account of Canada's role in the war is
an exhibition entitled Canada and the First World War?on the Canadian War Museum Web site.
A less detailed but still useful exhibition, also
called Canada and the First World War, can be found on the site of Library & Archives
Want to know more about the war? Try The World War One Document Archive, a site that enables you to read government
and private documents, look at images, and find other information.
It's often stated that Canada's nationhood was forged
on the battlefields of the First World War. To learn how the war affected
Canada's position on the international stage, see 1914-1921: The Crucible of War, a chapter of an on-line history of Canada from
the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Canadian Soldiers in the War
For a searchable database of soldiers who served in
the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First World War, visit Soldiers of the First World War: 1914 - 1918 on the Library and Archives Canada's website.
Those who died are commemorated in the Canadian Virtual War Memorial?on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site.
To read letters written from the battlefield by two
brothers, Charles and Walter Gray of Toronto, and to look at photographs
of Canadian troops, see The Archives of Ontario Remembers Our Canadian War Heroes.
An exhibition based on War Diaries?appears on the Library and Archives Canada site. Additional Diaries and Letters?can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada site, which
also contains First World War Audio Archives.
Find out more about John McRae, the Canadian soldier who wrote the famous poem, "In Flanders
The Cultural Side of the War
Two very good Web exhibitions cover the subject of
Canadian war artists: War Artists From the First World War, an exhibition from of the Archives
of Ontario; and Canvas of War?from the Canadian War Museum.
Brief Biographical Sketches?of six Canadian war artists can be found on
the Library and Archives Canada Web site.
Posters emerged as a major form of propaganda during
the war; visit an exhibition of the Archives of Ontario, Canadian Posters from the First World War.
Look at recruitment posters aimed at encouraging French
Canadians to enlist for war service at Les Purs Canayens, an exhibit of the Canadian War Museum.
Patriotic songs became popular during the war: see Music on the Home Front: Canadian Sheet Music of the First World War, an exhibition of Library and Archives Canada.