World War One
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, Canada
and the First World War, 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
and the First World War, can be found on the site of Library & Archives
Want to know more about the war? Try
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 the Library
and Archives Canada Web site.
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 Canadian
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.
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.