The Canadian Centenary Series

The Forked Road

Canada 1939-1957

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Volume XVIII of the Canadian Centenary Series

Now available as e-books for the first time, the Canadian Centenary Series is a comprehensive nineteen-volume history of the peoples and lands which form Canada. Although the series is designed as a unified whole so that no part of the story is left untold, each volume is complete in itself.

Canada’s declaration of war against Germany in 1939 marked the beginning of a significant period in the history of the nation. By the end of the Liberal regime in 1957 the country had undergone immense growth in human and material resources. The experience of the Second World War had been followed by participation in the Korean War and the Cold War. The Great Depression had given way to a boom, which had continued through an exchange crisis, inflation, and minor recessions. In addition, new life had been generated in the arts. The new road Canada chose to follow led directly to a new world of planning and management, of economic controls, and social equalization.

In The Forked Road, Donald Creighton sheds light on the major issues, events, and political personalities which dictated Canada’s direction since the Second World War. First published in 1976, Professor Creighton’s important contribution to the Canadian Centenary Series is available here as an e-book for the first time.