SIMONENKO E.S. Canada’s Participation in the Imperial Military Bodies in the First World War

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2021.1.11 

Ekaterina S. Simonenko

Candidate of Sciences (History), Associate Professor,

Department of Historical Education, School of Education, Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU),

Sukhanova St, 8, 690091 Vladivostok, Russian Federation

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Abstract. Introduction. The paper is devoted to the participation of Canada in the creation and activities of the Imperial War Cabinet and two Imperial War Conferences of 1917 and 1918 to explain the evolution of the foreign and political status of Canada as a part of the British Empire after the end of the War.

Methods and materials. The paper is based on the British and Canadian Parliamentary Debates, Reports, Minutes of Proceedings and Meetings of the Imperial War Conferences 1917/1918 and the Imperial War Cabinet. To study them, it uses the method of historical criticism of sources. The author also uses the historical-genetic, comparative and the narrative methods to investigate the causes, the process of creating and activities of imperial military bodies for the unified management of the war.

Analysis. The paper analyzes the reasons for the creation of imperial military organizations in the British Empire during the war. It reveals the organizational and functional differences between the two imperial military bodies: Cabinet and Conference. The author studies the activities of imperial military bodies during the war in detail, determines the role of the Canadian delegation in this process. The article analyzes the decisions of the imperial military bodies, reveals their domestic and foreign policy consequences for Dominion of Canada.

Results. Canada’s active participation in the creation and activities of the imperial military bodies during the First World War was one of the factors in the transformation of the Empire into the Commonwealth of Nations, the formation of its own national identity, political and foreign independence within the Empire.

Key words: Canada, British Empire, First World War, Imperial War Cabinet, Imperial War Conference, D. Lloyd George, R. Borden.

Citation. Simonenko E.S. Canada’s Participation in the Imperial Military Bodies in the First World War. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 4. Istoriya. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies. International Relations], 2021, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 123-132. (in Russian). DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2021.1.11.

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