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Getting Down to Business: Canada, 1896-1919

Duncan McDowall, Carleton University

At the dawn of the 20th century, Canada becomes a modern industrial nation. General stores, local foundries and small-scale manufacturing plants of the previous century have given way to department stores, blast furnaces and assembly lines. An integrated national economy now extends from coast to coast. When war breaks out in 1914, Canada harnesses its industries to patriotic purposes. By the time peace returns in 1918, Canadians have industrial muscle and their dream of "Canada's century."


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