Canada's Road to the Pacific War

Intelligence, Strategy, and the Far East Crisis

Timothy Wilford

  • Published: 2011. Paperback 2012
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 288 pp., 25 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

In December 1941, Japan attacked multiple targets in the Far East and the Pacific, including Canadian battalions in Hong Kong. This intriguing account of Canadian intelligence gathering and strategic planning on the eve of the crisis dispels the assumption that the Allies were totally unprepared for war. Canadians worked closely with their US and Allied counterparts to uncover Japan's intentions and to develop a strategic plan for defence. By highlighting Canada's role as a Pacific power, this book sheds new light both on the Pacific War and on events that led to the creation of the Grand Alliance.
Timothy Wilford received a doctorate in history fromthe University of Ottawa and specializes in twentieth-century militaryhistory.

"Canada's Road to the Pacific War provides a much better understanding of Canada's policy with regards to Japan in the months leading up to Pearl Harbor, and of its relationship with key allies. Well-researched, especially in terms of primary source material, this is an important and original book."
-Steve Hewitt, author of Snitch!: A History of the Modern Intelligence Informer

1 Prelude to War: Canada and the Pacific Powers, 1922-40

2 The Allied Web: Intelligence Networks in Canada before the Pacific

3 Developing a Far East Strategy, December 1940 to July 1941

4 Avoiding confrontation with Japan: Diplomacy, Deterrence, and Hong

5 Reassessing the Far East Crisis after the Asset Freeze, August to
October 1941

6 Guarding the Coast: Canadian Defence Strategy for the North

7 Countdown to War: Negotiation and Mobilization, November 1941

8 The Coming of the Pacific War, December 1941

Conclusion: Canada's Response to the Pacific Challenge

Glossary of Names

Chronology of Events, 1922-42