restricted access For Kin and County: Scale, Identity, and English-Canadian Voluntary Societies, 1914-1918

The impact of the First World War on Canadian identity has been understood in terms of victories won by soldiers on the battlefield such as Ypres and Vimy Ridge or the gains made by statesmen in the Imperial War Cabinet or at the Paris Peace Conference. This article explores the relationship between the war and identity through an examination of patriotic work performed on the Canadian home front. Both space and scale influenced the way English Canadians chose to coordinate their voluntary efforts for the war overseas and thus how they constructed the spatial boundaries of their imagined communities.