Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

'The Great Dominion': Winston Churchill in Canada 1900-1954

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

'The Great Dominion': Winston Churchill in Canada 1900-1954

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David Dilks, with the assistance of Richard Dilks and foreword by Lady Soames, 'The Great Dominion': Winston Churchill in Canada 1900-1954 (Toronto: Thomas Allen Publishers, 2005), xxiii + 472 pp. Cloth. $45. ISBN 0-8876-2162-7.

David Dilks is one of the founders of Canadian Studies in Britain. As Professor of History at the University of Leeds and later as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull, he helped develop teaching programmes, and his guidance has been valuable at key moments in BACS history. He has now produced a handsome book which doubles as academic study and souvenir volume, and will surely find a market as both. Winston Churchill made nine visits to Canada - more accurately, eight visits to the Dominion, plus one picnic on the shores of pre-Confederation Newfoundland during the 1941 Placentia Bay conference with Roosevelt. He set foot in every province except Prince Edward Island and, in 1929 when he crossed to the Pacific coast, there was a distinct hint that he might abandon his becalmed political career at home altogether. Dilks has adopted a documentary approach, his commentaries linking newspaper profiles, private letters and unpublished diary accounts to bring each visit to life. …

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