The Birth Of A Nation: On A Battlefield

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Contrary to popular belief, the Battle of Vimy Ridge was more than “another bloodshed”. In this way it was set apart from other battles like Battle of Beaumont Hamel, which was a true “bloodshed”. For Canada, Vimy Ridge confirmed national eligibility to participate on the world stage and showed that Canada was not to be trifled with by other nations. The achievements of the Canadian Army gained international respect from other around the world. The Canadian army gained confidence in themselves after their victory in this battle. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was significant to the development of Canada as a nation.
Canada earned its place on the world stage through its victory in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Canada’s first opportunity to partake on the world stage came soon after the conclusion of World War I, when Canada’s victory led them to the Paris Peace Conference. Prime Minister, Robert Borden argued that Canada’s wartime record had earned Canada a seat separate from Britain. Therefore, Canada was granted the seat despite the disapproval of the American President, Woodrow Wilson. Robert Borden demanded:
“With the conclusion of the First World War, I demand that Canada may be seated on its own during the conference. This shall be as a sign of respect for those sixty thousand soldiers who sacrificed their lives trying to save our world from tyranny”.
Through the Prime Minister’s words it was evident that Canada contributed greatly to the Allied forces in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The approval of Canada’s seat was important to both the significance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the eligibility to participate on the world stage. This was one of the first steps Canada took towards its independence from Great Britain. After the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Canada became more social with other countries and began to part from its imperial ties to Great Britain. This is because Canada would not be represented by Great Britain in the conference, but stood independently as its own country. Canada involved itself more in trading after the battle and the war, and had a flourishing artillery industry. As other nations became aware of the Canada’s victories in war, Canada began to trade internationally prompting economic prosperity. Without the victory of the Canadian Army at Vimy Ridge, Canada would not have flourished and thus the world would not know of a strong and independent nation called Canada. Canada’s contributions to the Allied forces allowed other countries to see Canada as a nation they could depend on, in times of need. Canada’s imports and exports to countries other than Britain was another sign that Canada was beginning to move towards its independence. This is because Canada was now conversing with nations other than Great Britain regarding its needs. It was no longer solely dependent upon the Common Wealth for help when attaining the necessities of its citizens. Vimy Ridge was the first battle where Canada’s four units worked as one team...

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