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|Title:||State, Service, and Survival: Canada’s Great War Disabled, 1914-44|
|Keywords:||Disability; First World War; Rehabilitation; Pensions; Social Welfare; Canada|
|Abstract:||The following dissertation examines the little-known history of Canada’s Great War disabled. During the Great War Canada mobilized 620,000 soldiers, most of them volunteers. Nearly 120,000 would one day receive compensation for a disability incurred on, or aggravated by military service. Thousands more suffered from related injuries, diseases, or traumas but lacked the documentary evidence necessary to garner material support from the state. The core objective of this dissertation is to explore how policy-makers responded to these challenges, and how their efforts shaped the daily experiences of veterans from all walks of life. By fusing an analysis of policy with a social history of disability, this study uncovers the multiple paths disabled veterans embarked upon during their civil re-establishment. Few followed unfirom trajectories. The affects of disability on a veteran’s wellbeing varied widely based on numerous factors including pre-war social standing, support networks, material resources, age, and overall health. While most studies of disability and the Great War have focued on the cultural, medical, or political impact of disability, few adequately explain how both government policy and extraneous forces affected the lives of disabled veterans. Utilizing a wealth of statistical data and a large sample group of case files, “State, Service, and Survival: Canada’s Great War Disabled, 1914-44” is the first Canadian study to address this gap in our collective understanding of the war’s legacy.|
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