On the perimeter : a reconstruction of the military geography of Newfoundland and Labrador during the Second World War, 1939-1945

Parrott, William Clarence (1993) On the perimeter : a reconstruction of the military geography of Newfoundland and Labrador during the Second World War, 1939-1945. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Since 1940 Newfoundland has witnessed a considerable change to its cultural landscape. One of the major contributors to these changes has been the military, especially during the years 1940 to 1945. Although the military has been a significant factor in the development of the landscape, the literature on this aspect of our historical geography is almost non-existent. This thesis is an effort to fill this lacuna and provide an understanding of the military geography of Newfoundland and Labrador during the Second World War and its enduring impact on the landscape. -- During the inter war years, there was no permanent military presence in Newfoundland. This was to change in 1940 when the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom made decisions for their own strategic and national interests, with little or no input from Newfoundland. The resultant military buildup extensively modified the Newfoundland landscape. The benefits, mainly in the form of social capital, are still evident throughout Newfoundland today. -- This thesis is structured in three parts. In part one the geopolitical reasons why the military forces of three foreign countries came to Newfoundland are documented. In part two the military geography of Newfoundland is reconstructed by documenting the spatial and temporal patterns of military activity on the landscape. The third and final part documents the significant and enduring impact of the military on the landscape of the province.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/1078
Item ID: 1078
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 232-240.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Geography
Date: 1993
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Military geography--Newfoundland and Labrador; Military bases--Newfoundland and Labrador; World War, 1939-1945--Newfoundland and Labrador; Human geography--Newfoundland and Labrador; Newfoundland and Labrador--Strategic aspects

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