Toronto 1914 was a project undertaken by the students in Dr. Jessica van Horssen’s History 4570, Canada in War and Peace, 1911-1952 at York University. Historians generally agree that this period was one of transformation in Canadian History, and this assignment was to seek out what the City of Toronto was like before the changes the First and Second World War brought to it, and the nation as a whole.
Examining city life from a multitude of perspectives, Toronto 1914 provides a comprehensive analysis of urban life in Canada prior to the world wars, the Great Depression, and the Cold War. In 1904, Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier announced that “the 20th century will be the century of Canada.” In Toronto 1914, the students of History 4570 examine the city at a time when this lofty statement seemed not only possible, but certain.
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