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1914: A Tale of Two Nations, #1
1914: A Tale of Two Nations, #1
1914: A Tale of Two Nations, #1
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1914: A Tale of Two Nations, #1

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Drawing on contemporaneous accounts of the First World War from Canada and the United States, freelance journalist Melina Druga offers readers an insightful exploration of early-20th-century attitudes toward the conflict, in A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WWI.


The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in 1914 Sarajevo plunged the globe into a massive war — one that would completely reorganize life as we once knew it. Little more than a month after the Austro-Hungarian heir's death, Great Britain formally joined the fray with a declaration of war against Germany. And, far across the Atlantic, the costs of international engagement weighed heavily on two neighboring countries.


On the surface, the United States' and Canada's predominant viewpoints on the war served only to magnify pre-existing tensions between the nations. Yet news reporting from either side of the U.S.-Canadian border reveals deeply divided reactions among public officials and private citizens alike. Despite the country's longstanding commitment to neutrality, many major U.S. newspapers sang profiteering's praises. In the north, Canadian reporting divided along party lines as debates raged over whether the nation should fight alongside Great Britain or remain neutral in the face of British involvement.


1914 is the first installment of the A Tale of Two Nations series.

PublisherSun Up Press
Release dateApr 15, 2021
1914: A Tale of Two Nations, #1

Melina Druga

Melina Druga is an author and freelance writer with a background in journalism.  She also is an history enthusiast.   Her focus is on the period 1890-1920 with a particular interest in WW1 and how the war changed the lives of ordinary people.   Druga finds this era fascinating because it is simultaneously familiar and antiquated, and because the events that happened during this time period set the tone for the remainder of the 20th century.  When not writing, Druga often can be found watching true crime TV.  Her favorite programs involve forensics and solving cold cases.  She also enjoys delving to the world of Ripperology and H. H. Holmes. Follow Melina on social media @MelinaDruga. For more information, visit 

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