Occupied St John's: A Social History of a City at War, 1939-1945

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In January 1941, the hulking twenty-one-thousand ton troopship Edmund B. Alexander docked in St John's Harbour, carrying a thousand American soldiers sent to join the thousands of Canadian troops protecting Newfoundland against attack by Germany. France had fallen, Great Britain was fighting for its survival, and Newfoundland then a dominion of Britain was North America’s first line of defence. Although the German invasion never came, St John’s found itself occupied by both Allied Canadian and American forces. Occupied St John’s reveals the profound impact that the war years had on the city’s inhabitants, thrown into a conflict where the home front” was also the war front.” Weaving together interviews with residents who lived through the upheaval as well as archival material, this collection reconstructs the memories of people coping with extraordinary circumstances. Lavishly illustrated and engagingly written, Occupied St John’s is a remarkable look at the effects of the Second World War on the city, opening another chapter in Newfoundland’s fascinating history.

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Steven High is Canada Research Chair in Public History and co-director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University.

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"This is an impressive work - and a gorgeous one. From its striking cover to its abundance of illustrations, it is crisply designed and visually engaging. From its categorical table of contents to its calibrated notes and footnotes it is a trove of information." - Newfoundland Quarterly

"Occupied St. John’s demonstrates that previous arguments about the separation of the war and home fronts need to be re-evaluated, as do assumptions about how Newfoundlanders perceived their Canadian visitors and Confederation. The book is visually stunni

"This is a somewhat unique project for Canadian academics: a volume that looks like a classic coffee table book but reflects solid academic research and is aimed at both a popular and scholarly audience." American Historical Review

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