For the Empire, the Nation and the West: The University of Alberta's Contribution to World War 1

David Borys

Abstract


At the outbreak of war in August of 1914, the University of Alberta was one of the youngest educational institutions in Canada. It boasted only 439 students and an even smaller staff. However, its support of the war at home and abroad was one of dedication and commitment far beyond what was ever expected of this small institution. The years 1914-1918 witnessed the University of Alberta become one of the leading educational institutions in Western Canada. This paper examines the university’s contribution to the war effort and chronicles its growth and maturation during these formative years.

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