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Conscription

Although the conscription question has appeared, to some authors, to be an issue flowing directly from the role of Quebec in the war, it was in reality more of an urban-rural split across the entire country, accentuated by the failure of recruiting methods in Quebec. Granatstein and Hitsman's, in Broken promises, address the question as part of a wider study of compulsory military service throughout Canadian history, but are in general critical of how it was imposed. A well-reasoned article defending conscription, by A.M. Willms, is reprinted in the collection of essays, Conscription 1917.

Brown, Robert Craig ; Loveridge, Donald. -- "Unrequited faith : recruiting the CEF 1914-1918". -- Revue internationale d'histoire militaire. -- No. 51 (1982). -- P. 53-79

Conscription 1917. -- [S.l.] : Univ. of Toronto Press, [s.d.]. -- 77 p. -- (Canadian historical readings, 8)

Granatstein, J.L. ; Hitsman, J.M. -- Broken promises : a history of conscription in Canada. -- Toronto : Oxford Univ. Press, 1977. -- 281 p.

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