Veterans hoping to find prosperity and opportunity in peacetime were to be sorely disappointed, returning to a Canada whose social and economic landscapes had been dramatically altered by the exigencies of the war and which posed great challenges for reintegration. While Great War veterans across the whole of Canada faced these difficulties, those who found themselves in Winnipeg faced an added challenge as they rapidly took on a central importance in a two month long, city-wide general strike.
The First World War not only changed the political make-up of the world, it also brought about huge changes to the societies who had participated after the war. The scale of involvement in the conflict meant that entire populations were affected by the war, which had killed their loved ones and friends, perhaps changed their occupation, and certainly changed how they viewed war and the prosecution of war. Just as Canada had to deal with mobilising, feeding and training 10% of its population during the war, the country had to then figure out how to care for those who came back afterwards. Continue reading “After the war is over: Canada and its Great War veterans”