Canada’s population was approximately eight million when the war began in August 1914. The Dominion was 47 years old and like a lot of other nations it was not ready for war, even though its militia was large.
August 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of a terrible conflict whose effects remain with us today. It is ironic that the century preceding the outbreak of war in 1914 was one of most peaceful in world history and in that year many people—particularly Canadians—believed that the 20th century would be a time of peace, plenty and progress.
Instead, it was one of the most violent periods in recorded history: a time when the world went over the edge.