Date of Award

2-1980

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

Supervisor

George James Grinnell

Language

English

Abstract

This thesis is a study of national science policy in Canada from 1910 to 1920 and from 1935 to 1945. The formation of this policy is found to have often been beyond the political control of the federal government and to have been directed by both British and American political and industrial interests. In illustration of this fact is an examination of the development of the dominant industrial technologies and of the bureaucratic machinery of the public sector science organizations in combination with their aims to industrialize Canada and to exploit the use of natural resources. Throughout this study, the repeated overlapping of scientific developments and industrial technologies with military developments, as in the case of wheat, the refining of metals, and the development of the atomic power, reveals the strong inter-connections between industrial and political interests.

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