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Partisan Politics, Civic Priorities, and the Urban Militia: Situating the Calgary Armoury, 1907-1917

P. Whitney Lackenbauer
Urban History Review / Revue d'histoire urbaine
Vol. 33, No. 2 (Spring 2005 printemps), pp. 45-60
Published by: Urban History Review
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43560131
Page Count: 16
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Partisan Politics, Civic Priorities, and the Urban Militia: Situating the Calgary Armoury, 1907-1917
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Abstract

The military's physical presence in Canadian cities has received little critical analysis in terms of local power and identities, urban governance, and competing visions for the use of public space. Using the case study of Calgary, this paper explores the political power struggle surrounding the establishment of an armoury in the early twentieth century. Decision-making involved municipal, provincial, and federal stakeholders, as well as local interest groups, concerned citizens, and the partisan press. This attempt to situate the military within urban political and public space reveals complex processes and relationships, even during an era characterized as "the moment of Canadian militarism." La présence militaire effective dans les villes canadiennes a suscité peu d'analyses critiques relativement au pouvoir et aux identités locaux, à la gouvernance urbaine et aux visées concurrentes concernant l'utilisation de l'espace public. Avec Calgary comme point d'ancrage, le présent essai aborde la bataille du pouvoir politique entourant l'établissement d'un manège militaire au début du XXe siècle. La prise de décision concernait des intervenants municipaux, provinciaux et fédéraux, de même que des groupes d'intérêt locaux, des citoyens engagés et la presse partisane. Une telle tentative de situer l'enjeu militaire à l'intérieur de l'espace urbain politique et public révèle des processus et des relations complexes, et ce, même à une époque caractérisée de « période de militarisme canadien ».

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