The Apathetic and the Defiant


Canadian soldiers have served their country for centuries, and for the most part they have done so honourably and loyally. Yet, on certain occasions, their conduct has been anything but honourable. Whether by disobeying their legal orders, terrorizing the local population, or committing crimes in general, some soldiers have embodied the very antithesis of appropriate military conduct.

Covering examples of unsavoury behaviour in the representatives of our military forces from the War of 1812 to the immediate aftermath of the First World War, The Apathetic and the Defiant reveals that disobedience and mutiny have marked all of the major conflicts in which Canada has participated. Canadian military indiscipline has long been overshadowed by the nation’s victories and triumphs … until now.


[This book] should appeal to serious students of military history as well as potential leaders at all levels. 

Highly recommended to community library military history collections.

About the Author

Craig L. Mantle

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Craig L. Mantle

Craig Leslie Mantle is a researcher at the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute. He is also a Ph.D candidate at the University of Calgary and the editor of The Unwilling and the Reluctant: Theoretical Perspectives on Disobedience in the Military (Canadian Defence Academy Press).