The Wartime Letters of Leslie and Cecil Frost, 1915-1919 brings to light the correspondence between two officer brothers and their family at home from 1915 to 1919. Despite wartime censorship, Leslie and Cecil wrote frank and forthright letters that show how the young men viewed the war, as well as what they observed both during training and from the trenches in some of the wara's bloodiest battles. The letters also deal with the wara's political context, including conscription and the Union government, as well as social issues such as the emerging role of women, the role of the growing middle class, nativism, and the use of liquor overseas. R.B. Fleming, the collectiona's editor, contends that Leslie Frosta's military experiences and hospitalization affected his policies as premier of Ontario (1949-1961), especially those related to medicare and liquor control laws. Frosta's government was the first to pass laws providing penalties for racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination on private property, creating a movement that led to the Ontario Human Rights Code.
The Wartime Letters of Leslie and Cecil Frost, 1915-1919 makes a significant contribution to military history and social history. Fleming places the letters in context and shows the value of their commentary. This book will be of interest to the general reader as well as scholars of military history and social history.
R.B. Fleming is a lecturer and research associate at the Frost Centre, Trent University. His previous publications include Eldon Connections , an illustrated local history of Eldon Township, Ontario; General Stores of Canada , including the one in which he was raised; and The Railway King of Canada , a biography of Sir William Mackenzie. His articles have appeared in The Beaver as well as academic journals.
Release date NZ
July 1st, 2007
Edited by R.B. Fleming
Country of Publication
5 maps & 25 photos
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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