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Canada's Involvement In The Second World War

1388 words - 6 pages

Canada involvement in the second world war was well calculated because unlike the first
world war, where it plunged into the war as soon as the United Kingdom got involved, in the
second world war, Mackenzie King, the Canadian leader had to wait until the parliament
consented to the involvement and Canada got involved only after Hitler invade Poland in 1939.
Unlike many countries especially in Europe that suffered economic slump during the Second
World War, Canada remained virtually unaffected during the war and its involvement set up a
foundation through which the country prospered during the years after the war. This paper will
look at the impact of the Second World War on the various aspects of life of the Canadians.

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Home front refers to the civilian activities when the nations are involved in war. The
Second World War was a full blown war and what was more important to the allied and the axis
powers was homeland production. Home front life during the second world war was an integral
part of the war effort for all the nations that took part in the second world war and its impact was
felt far and wide especially in the outcome of the war (Zuehlke 24). During the war, many
governments, the Canadian government included were actively involved in their respective home
fronts as a measure to educate them on a wide variety of protective measures both at the
individual and at the national level. There was widespread propaganda to influence the citizenry
and women were a significant part of the home front because they were the ones who were the
pillars of the country during the war because most of the men were away from home fighting.
Impacts
In the years after the Second World War, Canada became one of the leading nations in
the world because the conclusion of the war spearheaded economic prosperity allover Canada
especially because of the political alterations that took place in the country (Finkel 99). The
country became more vocal in the international affairs especially after moving away from the
shadow of Britain. Apart from economic and political transformations, there were also cultural
transformations that took place that ensured that the Canadian culture were preserved in the wake
of the on going Americanization that was taking place immediately after the war, and the
increasing immigrant population (Finkel 99). Canada is one of the countries that emerged from
the Second World War stronger especially because of the position it took during the war and the
role it played.

The economy of Canada improved unexpectedly at the outbreak of the Second World
War, just like the USA. Canada involvement in the second world war was well calculated
because unlike the first world war, where it plunged into the war as soon as the United Kingdom
got involved, in the second world war, Mackenzie King, the Canadian leader had to wait until the
parliament consented to the involvement and Canada got involved only after...

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