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Canada at the Turn of the...

Canada became a nation in 1867 and like all new countries faced several important challenges. Wilfrid Laurier became Prime Minister in 1896 and stayed in office until 1911, so he had to take responsibility for many of those challenges. Demographics: In 1900, Canada was mostly a rural society. People worked as farmers, fishers, loggers, fur […]


When England declared war, Canada knew that we too would be involved in the fighting. The tone was excited, everyone thought the war would be over by Christmas. Most people felt it was their duty to help Canada (Britain) achieve her goals any way they could. Many young men enlisted in the army. Pacifists are […]

Long Term Causes of World...

The long term (ones that were going on for a long time) causes of World War One can be easily remembered by the acronym MAIN M – Militarism When a country builds up their military force. By 1914, Germany and Britain were building up their navies, and France and Germany were building up their armies […]

Air and Sea battles in Wo...

Airplanes were used for the first time in war during World War One. The first planes were very flimsy and were made of only a wood frame and they were covered in canvas. The parachute had not yet been invented, and the engines would often stall. The airplanes’ main purpose was to photograph enemy positions […]

Causes of World War II

W.W.I – “the war to end all wars?” Treaty of Versailles Used instead of Wilson’s 14 points Too punishing Allies believed that they had won but gained little, while Germany and its allies believed they had been treated too harshly Great Depression Poverty and despair caused people in countries such as Italy, Spain and Germany […]

The Stock Market Crash

The good life came to an abrupt end in the late 1920s. Here are some of the reasons why: Overproduction of goods, especially in the US. The US raised its tariffs on imported goods, which made Canadian goods undesirable in their large market. Britain and other European countries also increased tariffs. Too much competition in […]

The Struggle For Power in...

In one way, losing in World War I could have been a blessing in disguise for Germany. For centuries before World War I, Germans had been ruled by the wealthy noble minority, the dukes and princes in the country. This nobility had not wanted to lose its power, so they had never allowed the German’s […]

The Bombings of Hiroshima...

August 6 and 9, 1945 At 2:45 in the morning of August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber flew north from Tinian Island in the Marianas toward Japan. Three and a half hours later, over the city of Hiroshima, the Enola Gay dropped an 8,900-pound atomic weapon from its specially modified bomb bay. Two thousand […]