|Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety
By Ian McKay and Jamie Swift
ISBN 978-1-926662-77-0 | May 2012 | $26.95 CAD | 304 pages
Adding a bold voice to recent debate over the role, cost, and reach of Canada’s military, Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety, a new book by award-winning historian Ian McKay and acclaimed journalist Jamie Swift, provides a critical perspective on both Canada’s growing effort to portray itself as a militaristic “warrior nation” and its exploitation of history in achieving this end.
Once known for peacekeeping, Canada is becoming a militarized nation whose right-wing apostles—the New Warriors—are fighting to shift public opinion. New Warrior zealots seek to transform postwar Canada’s central myth-symbols. Peaceable kingdom. Just society. Multicultural tolerance. Reasoned public debate. Their replacements? A warrior nation. Authoritarian leadership. Permanent political polarization.
This compelling history casts a vivid light on a story crucial to Canada’s future. From swashbuckling marauder William Stairs, the Royal Military College graduate who helped make the Congo safe for European pillage, to Vimy Ridge veteran and leader of the UN’s first big peacekeeping operation, General Tommy Burns, to Governor General John Buchan, a concentration camp developer and race theorist who is exalted in the Harper government’s new citizenship guide, Warrior Nation is an essential read for those concerned by the relentless effort to conscript Canadian history.
About the Authors
Ian McKay is a professor of history at Queen’s University and author of the award-winning Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People’s Enlightenment in Canada, 1890–1920. Jamie Swift is the author of a dozen books, from biography and corporate muckraking to political theory and environmental politics.