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Defence and Discovery
Canada's Military Space Program, 1945-74
Andrew B. Godefroy  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 4/1/2011
ISBN: 9780774819596    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2012
ISBN: 9780774819602    

256 Pages

Studies in Canadian Military History series


About the Book

The space race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War is arguably the most famous international rivalry in modern history. Few, however, are aware that Canada was also an early contender in space exploration. Indeed, in 1962, Canada bested the more powerful United Kingdom to become the third nation to reach outer space.

In Defence and Discovery, Andrew Godefroy presents the first comprehensive examination of the origins, development, and impact of Canada's space program. Drawing on newly declassified archival sources and a wealth of secondary material, Godefroy puts Canada's early space research into context and demonstrates the central role of military enterprise in these endeavours. He also reveals the technological, political, and strategic implications of the country's early innovation in space-research technology, and its subsequent turn from this arena.

Most nations have proudly documented their efforts in space exploration, but historians of Canada have been slow to delve into this important era. Defence and Discovery opens the records, illuminating a highly secretive and significant period in the country’s military and strategic history.

Published in association with the Canadian War Museum.

About the Author(s)

Andrew B. Godefroy is a strategic analyst and historian with the Department of National Defence, as well as the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Army Journal. He previously served with the Directorate of Space Development, National Defence Headquarters, and was an official historian for the Canadian Space Agency.

Table of Contents

1 Cold War Security and Aerospace Defence Research Prior to Sputnik
2 Missiles, Rocketry, and the Development of the Black Brant Launcher
3 Defence and Discovery: Canada’s Early Space Policies
4 Forging a Spacefaring Nation: The Alouette-ISIS Program
5 Canada’s Militarization and Weaponization of Space
6 The Demise of Canada’s Cold War Space Programs
7 National Interests and a New Agenda for Outer Space
Appendix; Note on Sources; Notes; Bibliography; Index


"Andrew Godefroy does a terrific job of presenting a very complicated story...Quest readers, in particular those interested in military space history which generally focuses on the American and Soviet programs, will find this book breaking new ground."
-- David Christopher Arnold, Editor, Quest: The History of Spaceflight, Vol 19 No 1

"Godefroy’s relentless pursuit of the details of the history of Canada’s military space program has resulted in a profoundly original work that makes a significant contribution not only to the history of science and technology, but also to international history more generally...non-specialists will have to work to get through this book, and I fear that too many Canadians might not have the patience to do so...that is a real shame, because if they were to learn even half as much as I have, they would be signifi¬cantly better placed to participate in discussions of international policy in Canada in the future."
- Adam Chapnick, Literary Review Magazine, September 2011

"Godefroy meticulously plots Canada’s involvement in space research... it is an extremely well-researched and well-written historical analysis, that will most likely appeal to those interested in Canadian scientific achievements such as the Avro Arrow."
-- Alex Davis, Esprit de Corps Magazine, Vol 19 No 6

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Related Topics

History > Military
History > Canada
Security Studies

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