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Allied Power: Mobilizing Hydro-Electricity During Canada's Second World War

By: Matthew D Evenden(Author)

288 pages, 4 illustrations, 12 maps

University of Toronto Press

Paperback | Jun 2015 | #222184 | ISBN-13: 9781442626256
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Hardback | Jul 2015 | #222183 | ISBN-13: 9781442648500
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Canada emerged from the Second World War as a hydro-electric superpower. Only the United States generated more hydro power than Canada and only Norway generated more per capita. Allied Power is about how this came to be: the mobilization of Canadian hydro-electricity during the war and the impact of that wartime expansion on Canada's power systems, rivers, and politics.

Matthew Evenden argues that the wartime power crisis facilitated an unprecedented expansion of state control over hydro-electric development, boosting the country's generating capacity and making an important material contribution to the Allied war effort at the same time as it exacerbated regional disparities, transformed rivers through dam construction, and changed public attitudes to electricity though power conservation programs.

An important contribution to the political, environmental, and economic history of wartime Canada, Allied Power is an innovative examination of a little-known aspect of Canada's Second World War experience.

"Allied Power firmly establishes Matthew Evenden as a premier historian of the Canadian environment. The book achieves what few works of Canadian history can muster: nearly Canada-wide geographic coverage that nevertheless accounts for nuanced regional and provincial variation. It has much to teach about Canadian wartime hydroelectric development and its consequences for human and natural communities."
- David Massell, Department of History, University of Vermont


1. Introduction
2. Seeking Control
3. C’est la Guerre
4. Keepers of the Light
5. Wartime Conservation
6. The Prairie Ruhr
7. Wringing the Last Kilowatt
8. Conclusion

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Matthew Evenden is an associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia.

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