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Canadians consider the period between the Second World War and the
unification of the armed services in 1968 as a “golden
age,” a time when their army dropped the shackles of its imperial
past and emerged as a truly national peacekeeping force.
In this landmark book, Peter Kasurak draws on recently declassified
documents to show that this era was in fact clouded by the army’s
failure to loosen the grasp of British army culture, produce its own
doctrine, and advise political leaders effectively. The discrepancy
between the army’s goals and the Canadian state’s
aspirations as a peacemaker in the postwar world resulted in a series
of civilian-military crises that ended only when the scandal of the
Somalia Affair in 1993 forced reform.