Churchill, Borden and Anglo-Canadian Naval Relations, 1911-14

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  • Copyright: 2013-11-25
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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In October 1911, Winston S. Churchill was an accomplished young Liberal politician who, as the newly appointed First Lord of the Admiralty, still wore his ambition and emotion on his sleeve. Robert L. Borden was the new Canadian Prime Minister, less emotional and much older than Churchill. They became companions in an attempt to provide naval security for the British Empire as a naval crisis loomed with Germany. Their scheme for Canada to provide three Dreadnought battleships for the Royal Navy as part of an Imperial squadron was hotly debated by the Canadian Parliament and rejected by the Senate. It was one of the most divisive debates in Canadian parliamentary history. Churchill invested considerable time and effort in trying to deliver the scheme and even believed he might need to resign when it failed. The decision had great implications for the future, leading to the crises in shipbuilding foreshadowing the outbreak of WW1.

Author Biography

Martin Thornton is Senior Lecturer in International History and Politics at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. He gained his Ph.D. in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His publications include biographical studies: Sir Robert Borden: Canada. Makers of the Modern World ; Times of Heroism, Times of Terror: American Presidents and Foreign Policy During the Cold War, 1945-1991; and he is editor of Nancy Astor's Canadian Correspondence, 1912-1962.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables
1. Anglo-Canadian Imperial Relations in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
2. The Rise to Eminence of Robert L. Borden and Winston S. Churchill
3. Winston S. Churchill Fears the Worst
4. Robert L. Borden, Canadian Naval Issues and His Visit to Great Britain of 1912
5. Policy Developments and the Two Memoranda
6. The Naval Aid Bill and the Canadian House of Commons: the Long Debate Begins
7. The Naval Aid Bill Reaches Closure in the House of Commons
8. Rejection by the Canadian Senate, 1913
9.Aftermath: Canada, Great Britain and Developments in International Affairs, 1913-14

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