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Canada, a people's history. Volume 8 [videorecording] /
[Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio-Canada].
edition
Widescreen letterbox version.
imprint
[Toronto] : Canadian Broadcasting Corp. : Distributed exclusively in Canada by Morningstar Entertainment, c2001.
description
2 videodiscs (approx. 240 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN
1552591115 (set: v.7-9), 1552591298
format(s)
DVD
Holdings
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imprint
[Toronto] : Canadian Broadcasting Corp. : Distributed exclusively in Canada by Morningstar Entertainment, c2001.
isbn
1552591115 (set: v.7-9)
1552591298
publisher #
CPD873101
CPD892101
contents note
disc 1. Ordeal by fire -- disc 2. Hard times.
general note
"Series 3."
Based on: Canada: a people's history / Don Gillmor and Pierre Turgeon.
Special DVD features: Interactive menu; chapter indexing.
Title from disc label.
abstract
The first episode covers 1915 to 1929. Canada's heavy military role in World War I (60,000 dead in a population of 8 million) transforms its society, its politics and its place in the world. The horror, bravery and sacrifice of trench warfare is evoked in Canada's great battles: Ypres, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Courcelette and Passchendaele. The domestic consequences of Canada's war effort are also wrenching - the conscription crisis of 1917 makes a low point in English-French relations. After the war ends, labour revolts in Winnipeg and across the country raise fears of a Bolshevik insurrection. The return to stability in the mid-1920s lasts only briefly as the crash of 1929 plunges the country into economic chaos.
The second episode covers 1929 to 1940. Canada's economy collapses during the 1930s, creating a prolonged political and social crisis. In the context of the Dust Bowl, the relief camps and the Regina Riot, political leaders such as William Aberhart, Maurice Duplessis, and Mitchell Hepburn capture national attention. Meanwhile, an increasingly menacing international climate sees the rise of fascism and mounting likelihood of another world war. When war does arrive, Canada finds itself fighting virtually alone at Britain's side.
language note
Closed-captioned.
catalogue key
5495065
technical details
DVD; Dolby digital stereo.

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