30 December 2008

The End

It is with much disappointment that I must make this my final post on The Cannon's Mouth.  Researching and writing this blog has been a great experience for me.  However, increasing work and family committments and responsibilities make it obvious that I no longer have the time available to give to this blog.  I truly wish it were otherwise.  Thank you for reading.

23 December 2008

New Books at Library and Archives Canada (November and December 2008)

Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.ca) has released its new books lists for November and December 2008. The lists includes the following items of interest (including some not yet released for sale and some which seem to have been out for sale for a while now) with respect to Canadian military history:

Benn, Carl, Mohawks on the Niles: Natives Among the Canadian Voyageurs in Egypt, 1884-1885 (Toronto, 2009);

Duff, R.L. Duane, Waskesiu: Canada's First Frigate (Surrey, BC, 2008);

Mark C. Hunter, To Employ and Uplift Them: The Newfoundland Naval Reserve, 1899-1926 (St. John's, NL, 2009);

McGeer, Eric, The Canadian Battlefields in Italy: Sicily & Southern Italy (Waterloo, ON, 2008);

Tibbs, Brian, They Did Not Return [war dead of St. Catharines, ON] (St. Catharines, ON, 2008); and

Wyse, Robert, Bamboo Cage: The POW Diary of Flight Lieutenant Robert Wyse, 1942-1943 (Fredericton, NB, 2009).

14 December 2008

MA theses and PhD dissertations - part 29

More results from the Library and Archives Canada theses portal - MAs and PhDs with specific reference to Canadian military history (some have direct links to their PDFed versions):
 
Dean Andrew Chappelle, "The most brilliant of successes: The Planning and Implementation of the Battle of Amiens, 8-11 August, 1918", MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 1992;
 
Robert Douglas Day, "The British Army and Sport in Canada: Case Studies of the Garrisons at Halifax, Montreal and Kingston to 1871", PhD dissertation, University of Alberta, 1981;
 
Douglas Edward Delaney, "The Soldiers' General: Bert Hoffmeister as Military Commander", PhD dissertation, The Royal Military College of Canada, 2003;
 
Monique Delaney, "Le Canada est un pais de Bois: Forest Resources and Shipbuilding in New France, 1660-1760", PhD dissertation, McGill University, 2004;
 
Patrick J. Delaney, "The Canadian Decision to Enter NATO: A Case-Study in Bureaucratic Politics", MA thesis, Dalhousie University, 1984;
 
Robert Scott Demill, "The 1928 Cobourg Libel Trial of Sir Arthur Currie and the Port Hope Evening Guide: The Rehabilitation of the Reputation of a Corps Commander", MA thesis, University of Ottawa, 1989;
 
Dean Frederick Oliver, "When the Battle's Won: Military Demobilization in Canada, 1939-1946", PhD dissertation, York University, 1996;
 
Deidré Rowe-Brown, "Public Attitudes towards Canadian Women during and immediately after World War Two", MA thesis, University of Toronto, 1992;
 
Dean C. Ruffilli, "Operational Research and the Royal Canadian Air Force Eastern Air Command's Search for Efficiency in Airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare, 1942-1945", MA thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2001 [direct PDF link]; and
 
Amy Dawn George Wheaton, "Canadian-Irish Relations during the Second World War: The Ascension of Canadian Middle Power Diplomacy", MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 2005.

07 December 2008

Latest issue of War in History

The latest issue of the journal War in History - vol.16, no.1 (2009) - is out and includes the following item of interest to readers of Canadian military history: Erica M. Charters, "Disease, Wilderness Warfare, and Imperial Relations: The Battle for Quebec, 1759-1760". The abstract for the article reads as follows:

"During the siege at Quebec, 1759—60, which followed the battle on the Plains of Abraham, high rates of disease contributed to the British defeat by French forces in April 1760. While historians have not previously discussed military medical preventative measures, a detailed examination of the siege demonstrates sophisticated attempts to adapt to a foreign environment and its disease, as well as how disease contributed to the development of American provincial and British antagonism and perceptions of difference."

01 December 2008

My Return

I went back to work today after nearly three weeks on post-deployment leave and thought it's also about time I resumed posting on The Cannon's Mouth. While on leave I finished a couple of books on Canadian military history - both on First World War subjects, which I freely admit is my favourite period of study.

The first book I finished was Mark Zuehlke's Brave Battalion: The Remarkable Saga of the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) in the First World War (Mississauga, ON, 2008). Although a useful introduction to the story of the 16th Battalion, CEF, during the war - and a well written text to boot (as Zuehlke's books are) - I came away wondering what it actually added to the story of the 16th Battalion not already covered in more detail in H.M. Urquhart's The History of the 16th Battalion (The Canadian Scottish), Canadian Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1919 (Toronto, 1932).

Next, I finished reading Andrew Iarocci's Shoestring Soldiers: The 1st Canadian Division at War, 1914-1915 (Toronto, 2008). I found this to be a very fresh view of the subject (based on his doctoral dissertation), the author openly wondering whether there was more to the 1st Canadian Division than traditionally it has been credited with during the first year of its existence. The text reflects indepth research and many newer approaches to the study of military history. I'd like to see Iarocci continue with his study of the division, carrying its story forward from late 1915 through to the end of the war.

13 November 2008

Hiatus

I'm going to be taking a bit of a hiatus for awhile from posting on The Cannon's Mouth. The truth is, for more than three months now the posts I've written were either written in the late spring and scheduled to post or e-mailed in when I had a chance. I've just returned from a deployment as an historian with NATO's International Security Assistance Force at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. I need a rest and time to reconnect with my family. Many thanks for your patience.

08 November 2008

MA theses and PhD dissertations - part 28

More results from the Library and Archives Canada theses portal - MAs and PhDs with specific reference to Canadian military history (some have direct links to their PDFed versions):
 
David Jay Bercuson, "Labour in Winnipeg: The Great War and the General Strike", PhD dissertation, University of Toronto, 1971;
 
David Charles Gregory Campbell, "The Divisional Experience in the C.E.F.: A Social and Operational History of the 2nd Canadian Division, 1915-1918", PhD dissertation, University of Calgary, 2004;
 
Jerome D. Davis, "To the NATO Review: Constancy and Change in Canadian NATO Policy, 1949-1969", PhD dissertation, John Hopkins University, 1973;
 
Robert Davis, "Canada and the Persian Gulf War", MA thesis, University of Windsor, 1997 [direct PDF link];
 
Bradley James Davison, "Forechecking in Captivity: Sport in the Lives of Canadian Prisoners of War at Three German Camps during the Second World War", MA thesis, University of Windsor, 2006;
 
Jane Frances Davison, "We Shall Remember: Canadian Indians and World War II", MA thesis, Trent University, 1993;
 
Grant Dawson, "Canadian Government Decision-Making and the Commitments to the Somalia Peace Operations in 1992", PhD dissertation, Carleton University, 2003;
 
David Leask, "Medical Arrangements for the Canadian Army: 1899-1914", MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 2004;
 
David Jeffrey Noakes, "Proud to Serve: An Operational History of Number 162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, 1942-1945", MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 1997 [direct PDF link]; and
 
David Allan Wilson, "The Development of Tank-Infantry Co-operation Doctrine in the Canadian Army for the Normandy Campaign of 1944", MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 1992.

06 November 2008

Latest Issue of the Canadian Military Journal

Volume 9, number of the Canadian Military Journal has been issued and includes a couple of items of particular interest to readers of Canadian military history:
 
Peter Haydon, "Choosing the Right Fleet Mix: Lessons from the Canadian Patrol Frigate Selection Process"; and
 
Sean M. Maloney, "Canada's Arctic Sky Spies: The Director's Cut".

05 November 2008

Canadian Catholic Historical Association Historical Studies

The Canadian Catholic Historical Association's Historical Studies (previously called Reports, then Study Sessions) for the period 1933 to 2006 are available online.  Each of the articles in these reports are freely accessible in HTML and PDF formats.  Topics of particular interest include to readers of Canadian military history include:
 
Donald J. Pierce, "The Rebellion of 1837 and Political Liberty", vol.4 (1936-37), pp.72-82;
 
Major the Very Rev. J.R. O'Gorman, "Canadian Catholic Chaplains in the Great War", vol.7 (1939-40), pp.71-83;
 
Howard R. Marraro, "Canadian and American Zouaves in the Papal Army, 1868-1870", vol.12 (1944-45), pp.83-102;
 
The Rev. J.S. McGivern, "A Jesuit Padre in the Italian Campaign - His Work - His Impressions - His Companions", vol.13 (1945-46), pp.43-55;
 
Ronald Sunter, "The Scottish Background to the Immigration of Bishop Alexander Macdonnell and the Glengarry Highlanders", vol.40 (1973), pp.11-20;
 
Brian F. Hogan, "The Guelph Novitiate Raid: Conscription, Censorship and Bigotry during the Great War", vol.45 (1978), pp.57-80;
 
Art Cawley, "The Canadian Catholic English Language Press and the Spanish Civil War", vol.49 (1982), pp.25-51;
 
Robin B. Burns, "The Montreal Irish and the Great War", vol.52 (1985), pp.67-81;
 
Duff Crerar, "Bellicose Priests: The Wars of the Canadian Catholic Chaplains, 1914-1919", vol.58 (1991), pp.21-39;
 
Duff Crerar, "In the Day of Battle: Canadian Catholic Chaplains in the Field, 1885-1945", vol.61 (1995), pp.53-77;
 
Peter MacLeod, "Catholicism, Alliances, and Amerindian Evangelists during the Seven Years' War", vol.62 (1996), pp.63-72;
 
Mark G. McGowan, "Harvesting the 'Red Vineyard': Catholic Religious Culture in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919", vol.64 (1998), pp.47-67;
 
Yves Yvon J. Pelletier, "Faith on the Battlefield: Canada's Catholic Chaplaincy Service during the Second World War", vol.69 (2003), pp.64-84; and
 
Yves Yvon J. Pelletier, "Fighting for the Chaplains: Bishop Charles Leo Nelligan and the Creation of the Canadian Chaplain Service (Roman Catholic), 1939-1945", vol.72 (2006), pp.95-123.

02 November 2008

Fall/Winter 2008 catalogue for the UBC Press

The Fall/Winter 2008 and the History 2008/09 catalogue for the UBC Press are out and contain the announcement of one new publication in Canadian military history:
 
Amy J. Shaw, Crisis of Conscience: Conscientious Objection in Canada during the First World War (Oct 2008).

31 October 2008

MA theses and PhD dissertations - part 27

More results from the Library and Archives Canada theses portal - MAs and PhDs with specific reference to Canadian military history (some have direct links to their PDFed versions):
 
David Pierce Beatty, "Canada-United States Permanent Joint Board on Defense", PhD dissertation, Michigan State University, 1969;
 
David Laurier Bernard, "Philanthropy vs. Welfare State: Great Britain's and Canada's Response to Military Dependants in the Great War", MA thesis, University of Guelph, 1992;
 
Tina Davidson, "Hemlines and Hairdos: Body Management for the Feminine Ideal in the Canadian Women's Army Corps", MA thesis, Lakehead University, 1999 [direct PDF link];
 
David T. Dell, "French-Indian Alliances during the Final Phases of the Seven Years' War in North America", MA thesis, University of Guelph, 1979;
 
Stephen David Mecredy, "Some Military Aspects of Kingston's Development during the War of 1812", MA thesis, Queen's University, 1982;
 
David Vincent Moore, "Do the right thing: The Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939", MA thesis, Queen's University, 1991;
 
Jeffrey David Noakes, "Under the Radar: Defence Construction (1951) Limited and Military Infrastructure in Canada, 1950-1965", PhD dissertation, Carleton University, 2005;
 
David R. O'Keefe, "Bitter Harvest: A Case Study of Allied Operational Intelligence for Operation Spring, Normandy, July 25, 1944", MA thesis, University of Ottawa, 1997 [direct PDF link];
 
Gregory David Page, "Ideology and the Canadians in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-9", MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 1998 [direct PDF link]; and
 
David William Paterson, "Loyalty, Ontario and the First World War", MA thesis, McGill University, 1986.

29 October 2008

New Books at Library and Archives Canada (October 2008)

Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.ca) has released its new books list for October 2008. The list includes the following items of interest (including some not yet released for sale and some which seem to have been out for sale for a while now) with respect to Canadian military history:
 
Donald Anger, Scruples of Conscience: The War of 1812 in the Sugarloaf Settlement, Niagara District, Upper Canada (Port Colborne, ON: Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum, 2008);
 
Geoffrey Burnett, A Merchant Mariner's War, 1940-1946 (Bowen Island, BC: Huntington Endeavours, 2008);
 
Ronald J. Donovan, A History of the Royal Canadian Air Force Police and Security Services (Renfrew, ON: General Store Publishing House, 2008);
 
Tom Douglas, Valour at Vimy Ridge: The Great Canadian Victory of World War I (Toronto: J. Lorimer, 2008); and
 
Edward Peck, Cy Peck, VC: A Biography of a Legendary Canadian (Winnipeg: E. Peck, 2008).

26 October 2008

Index of BC Studies articles on Canadian Military History

The journal BC Studies has recently (at least I think it was recently) revamped its website and, as part of its search functions, I was able to generate a list of the articles it has published over the years on subjects in Canadian military history, a list that includes:
 
Reginald H. Roy, "Canadians in the North Pacific, 1943: Major-General Pearkes and the Kiska Operation", vol.14 (Summer 1972): 3-16;
 
Frances M. Woodward, "The Influence of the Royal Engineers on the Development of British Columbia", vol.24 (Winter 1974): 3-51;
 
Reginald H. Roy, "Major-General G.R. Pearkes and the Conscription Crisis in British Columbia, 1944", vol.28 (Winter 1975): 53-72;
 
Murray T. Hunter, "Coast Defence in British Columbia, 1939-1941: Attitudes and Realities", vol.28 (Winter 1975): 3-28;
 
Reginald H. Roy, "The Defence of Prince Rubert: An Eyewitness Account", vol.31 (Autumn 1976): 60-77;
 
Elaine Bernard, "A University at War: Japanese Canadians at UBC during World War II", vol.35 (Autumn 1977): 36-55;
 
Reginald H. Roy, "The Seaforths and the Strikers: Nanaimo, August 1913", vol.43 (Autumn 1979): 81-93;
 
John Norris, "The Vancouver Island Coal Miners, 1912-1914: A Study of an Organizational Strike", vol.45 (Spring 1980): 56-72;
 
J.M.S. Careless, "Submarines, Princes and Hollywood Commandoes, or at Sea in B.C.", vol.45 (Spring 1980): 3-16;
 
J.F. Hilliker, "The British Columbia Franchise and Canadian Relations with India in Wartime, 1939-1945", vol.46 (Summer 1980): 40-60;
 
Charles W. Humphries, "Two B.C. Pacifists and the Boer War", vol.45 (Spring 1980): 116-127;
 
Paul M. Koroscil, "Soldiers, Settlement and Development in British Columbia, 1915-1930", vol.54 (Summer 1982): 63-87;
 
Roger Sarty, "'There will be trouble in the North Pacific': The Defence of British Columbia in the Early Twentieth Century", vol.61 (Spring 1981): 3-29;
 
Kaye W. Lamb, "Building Submarines for Russia in Burrard Inlet", vol.71 (Autumn 1986): 3-26; and
 
P. Whitney Lackenbauer, "Guerillas in Our Midst: The Pacific Coast Militia Rangers, 1942-45", vol.155 (Autumn 2007): 31-66.

24 October 2008

Latest issue of The War of 1812 Magazine

Issue No.9 (May 2008) of the War of 1812 Magazine has been published online and contains some very interesting material for readers of Canadian military history of the period, including:
 
John R. Grodzinski, "Burlington Heights: A Photo Journal";
 
Donald R. Hickey, "The Top 25 Articles on the War of 1812";
 
Dale Pappas, "The Flag was Still There: A Brief History of the Defense of Baltimore 1814";
 
Scott S. Sheads, "Onward to Canada!  Captain Stephen H. Moore and the First Baltimore Volunteers, 1812-1813";
 
Morgan D. Shields, "'Red Sticks' and Stones May Break My Bones: The Massacre at Fort Mims";
 
John A. Tures, "Hell Comes to Horseshoe Bend";
 
as well as a couple of reviews.

22 October 2008

MA theses and PhD dissertations - part 26

More results from the Library and Archives Canada theses portal - MAs and PhDs with specific reference to Canadian military history (some have direct links to their PDFed versions):
 
David Brian Akers, "Capital organizes Labour: Company Paternalism, Industrial Unionism, and Alcan Workers in Kingston, Ontario, 1941-1945", MA thesis, Queen's University, 1987;
 
David A. Borys, "The Education of a Corps Commander: Arthur Currie's Leadership from 1915-1917", MA thesis, University of Alberta, 2006;
 
Alexander Daniel Boutilier, "The Citadel on Stage: The Rise and Decline of Garrison Theatre in Halifax", MA thesis, Saint Mary's University, 2005;
 
Bernard Dansereau, "Le mouvement ouvrier montréalais et la crise de la conscription, 1916-1918", MA thèse, Université du Québec à Montréal, 1994;
 
James Daniel Humen, "The Politics of Canadian Defence Policy: NATO to Nuclear Weapons", MA thesis, University of Alberta, 1992;
 
Dave Inglis, "Vimy Ridge, 1917-1992: A Canadian Myth over Seventy-Five Years", MA thesis, Simon Fraser University, 1995;
 
Danny R. Jenkins, "British North Americans who Fought in the American Civil War, 1861-1865", MA thesis, University of Ottawa, 1993;
 
Danny R. Jenkins, "Winning Trench Warfare: Battlefield Intelligence in the Canadian Corps, 1914-1918", PhD dissertation, Carleton University, 1999;
 
Daniel K. Richter, "The Ordeal of the Longhouse: Change and Persistence on the Iroquouis Frontier, 1609-1720", PhD dissertation, Columbia University, 1984; and
 
Darlene J. Zdunich, "Tuberculosis and the Canadian Veterans of World War One", MA thesis, University of Calgary, 1984.

19 October 2008

Latest Issue of the Canadian Naval Review

Volume 4, Number 2 (Summer 2008) of the Canadian Naval Review has been published and contains one article of direct interest to students of Canadian military history: Jason M. Delaney's, "Submarine Procurement and the Victoria-Class Acquisition from an Historical Perspective".

17 October 2008

Port Hope book of remembrance

The Port Hope Archives, in Port Hope, Ontario, has produced a very interesting book on one particular aspect of Canada's military history.  They have published an "enhanced edition" of 500 copies of their local Book of Remembrance, produced in 1919 "to honour the men and women of Port Hope and Hope Township (now the Municipality of Port Hope) who had served - and to honour especially those who had sacrificed their lives" in the First World War.  The published version of the Book of Remembrance contains the "the original 1919 text, the individual photographs submitted by the families and on permanent display in the Town Hall, and additional pertinent photographs from the Archives' collection.  For this edition, we have included a number of letters, as originally published in the Port Hope Evening Guide, written to families from soldiers and nurses at the Front.  These letters, with their descriptions of life in the trenches and hospitals - as well as reports of the dreaded telegram informing loved ones of a loss - provide insight into the personal side of a small town in wartime."  The cost of the book is $30, plus $10 for shipping.  For further information, check out the archive's website.

15 October 2008

CFP from the Society for Military History Conference for 2009

The Society for Military History has issued its call for papers for its 76th Annual Meeting, hosted by Middle Tennessee State University at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, from 2 to 5 April 2009.  The conference them is "Warfare and Culture" and will, according to the release, "explore relationships between culture (societal, strategic, or organizational) and the development of military policy and institutions, as well as the conduct of combat operations."  Submissions on other topics are also quite welcome.
 
The release also notes: "Panel proposals must include a panel title, contact information for all panelists, a brief description of the purpose and theme of the panel, abstracts of each of the three papers (one paragraph each), brief CVs for all panelists, including commentator and panel chair.  Proposals for individual papers are welcome and should include a brief abstract, brief CV, and contact information.  All panelists must be Society for Military History members.  Deadline for proposals is November 1, 2008. Proposals may be submitted electronically to conference coordinator Derek Frisby (dfrisby@mtsu.edu) or by regular mail to Derek Frisby, MTSU History Department, Murfreesboro, TN 37132."
 
I know that in the past, this conference has been quite open to the inclusion of papers on Canadian military history topics.

12 October 2008

MA theses and PhD dissertations - part 25

More results from the Library and Archives Canada theses portal - MAs and PhDs with specific reference to Canadian military history (some have direct links to their PDFed versions):
 
Daniel Thomas Byers, "The Canadian Officers' Training Corps: Support for Military Training in the Universities of Canada, 1908-1935", MA thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1993;
 
Daniel Thomas Byers, "Mobilizing Canada: The National Resources Mobilization Act, the Department of National Defence, and Compulsory Military Service in Canada, 1940-1945", PhD dissertation, McGill University, 2001;
 
Daniel Conlin, "A Private War in the Caribbean: Nova Scotia Privateering, 1793-1805", MA thesis, Saint Mary's University, 1996;
 
James Kirby Danglade, "John Graves Simcoe and the United States, 1775-1796: A Study in Anglo-American Frontier Diplomacy", PhD dissertation, Ball State University, 1972;
 
Daniel J. Glenney, "An Ethnohistory of the Grand River Iroquois and the War of 1812", MA thesis, University of Guelph, 1973;
 
Daniel John Grant, "T.D. Pattullo's Northern Empire: The Alaska Highway and the Proposed Annexation of the Yukon Territory, 1933-1941", MA thesis, University of Victoria, 1980;
 
Danielle Hards, "We are the girls behind the boys behind the guns: Military Women and the Canadian Forces", MA thesis, Carleton University, 1994;
 
Daniel P. Malone, "Breaking Down the Wall: Bombarding FORCE E and Naval Fire Support on JUNO Beach (France)", MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 2005;
 
Daniel Marston, "Swift and Bold: The 60th Regiment and Warfare in North America, 1755-1765", MA thesis, McGill University, 1997; and
 
Danford William Middlemiss, "A Pattern of Co-Operation: The Case of the Canadian-American Defence Production and Development Sharing Arrangements, 1958-1963", PhD dissertation, University of Toronto, 1976.

08 October 2008

Index of the Historical Papers of the Canadian Historical Association, part 2

The index of the Historical Papers of the Canadian Historical Association (the second iteration of the CHA annual journals) has been published for its issues from volume 1 (1966) through volume 24 (1989), some of which contain articles of interest to readers of Canadian military history, including:

Volume 14, Issue 1, 1979:

Olive Patricia Dickason, "Europeans and Amerindians: Some Comparative Aspects of Early Contact", pp.182-202;

Volume 16, Issue 1, 1981:

Lawrence R. Aronsen, "Canada's Postwar Re-Armament: Another Look at American Theories of the Military-Industrial Complex", pp.175-196;

Volume 21, Issue 1, 1986:

Donald Avery, "Secrets between Different Kinds of Friends: Canada's Wartime Exchange of Scientific Military Information with the United States and the USSR, 1940-1945", pp.225-253; and

Volume 22, Issue 1, 1987:

Dianne Newell, "The Politics of Food in World War II: Great Britain's Grip on Canada's Pacific Fishery", pp.178-197.

05 October 2008

Upcoming Guelph Civic Museum Lecture Series

The Guelph Civic Museum, 6 Dublin Street South, Guelph, Ontario, is hosting a lecture series in Canadian military history this fall and in early 2009 in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies.  The speakers include:
 
Jon Laband, Wilfrid Laurier University, "'They Take No Orders Off Their Officers': Some reflections on the Canadian Army's first deployment overseas during the Boer War of 1899-1902", Thursday, 16 October 2008, 1930 hours;
 
Terry Copp, Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, "November 1944: Looking Back", Thursday, 20 November 2008, 1930 hours;
 
Mike Bechthold, Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, "Dieppe: A Rehearsal for D Day?", Thursday, 15 January 2009, 1930 hours; and
 
Tim Cook, Canadian War Museum, "Trench Culture in the Canadian Army in World War One", Thursday, 12 February 2009, 1930 hours.

03 October 2008

MA theses and PhD dissertations - part 24

More results from the Library and Archives Canada theses portal - MAs and PhDs with specific reference to Canadian military history (some have direct links to their PDFed versions):
 
Craig Braddon, "Soldiers and Politicians: The Struggle for Supremacy, Canadian Civil-Military Relations in an Age of Transformation and International Uncertainty, 1898-1913", MA thesis, Royal Military College of Canada, 2004;
 
Duff Willis Crerar, "The Padre in No Man's Land: Canadian Military Chaplains, 1866-1939", PhD dissertation, Queen's University, 1989;
 
Frederick William Crickard, "A Tale of Two Navies: United States Security and Canadian and Australian Naval Policy during the Cold War", MA thesis, Dalhousie University, 1994;
 
Ann Denholm Crosby, "The Determinants of Canadian Defence Policy-Making within NORAD: A Theoretical and Case Study Approach", PhD dissertation, McMaster University, 1993;
 
Terence Alan Crowley, "Government and Interests: French Colonial Administration at Louisbourg, 1713-1758", PhD dissertation, Duke University, 1975;
 
Douglas G. Cruikshank, "Dominion Wartime Labour Policy and the Politics of Unionism, 1939-1945: The Experience of the Canadian Congress of Labour's Eastern Canadian Shipyard Unions", MA thesis, Dalhousie University, 1984;
 
Wendy Elizabeth Cuthbertson, "Labour goes to war: The CIO, the People's War, and the Construction of a 'New Social Order', Toronto, 1939-1945 (Ontario)", PhD dissertation, University of Toronto, 2007;
 
Carole Cyr, "Traduction commentée du journal militaire d'Abijah Willard, 9 avril au 6 janvier 1756", MA thèse, Université d'Ottawa;
 
Maxime Dagenais, "'Une permission!...C'est bon pour une recrue' : Discipline and Illegal Absences in the 22nd (French-Canadian) Battalion, 1915-1919", MA thesis, University of Ottawa, 2006; and
 
Cynthia Toman, "Officers and Ladies: Canadian Nursing Sisters, Women's Work, and the Second World War", PhD dissertation, University of Ottawa, 2003.

01 October 2008

Upcoming talk by Andrew Iarocci on the 1st Canadian Division

Sorry about the very short notice on this one.  Andrew Iarocci, postdoctoral research fellow at the Canadian War Museum, will be speaking on his latest book, "Shoestring Soldiers: The 1st Canadian Division at War, 1914-1915" (University of Toronto Press, 2008), at the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies at 232 King Street, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, on Thursday, 2 October, at 1900 hours.  As the release notes:
 
"In this exciting new work, Andrew Iarocci challenges the dominant view that the 1st Canadian Division was poorly prepared for war in 1914, and less than effective during battles in 1915.  He examines the first generations of men to serve overseas with the division: their training, leadership, morale, and combat operations from Salisbury Plain to the Ypres Salient, from the La Bassée Canal to Ploegsteert Wood.  Iarocci contends that setbacks and high losses in battle were not so much the products of poor training and weak leadership as the were of inadequate material resources on the Western Front.
 
Shoestring Soldiers incorporates a wealth of research material from official documents, soldiers' letters and diaries, and the battlefields themselves, surveyed extensively by the author.  It marks an important contribution to the growing body of literature on Canada in the First World War."

28 September 2008

Index of the Historical Papers of the Canadian Historical Association, part 1

The index of the Historical Papers of the Canadian Historical Association (the second iteration of the CHA annual journals) has been published for its issues from volume 1 (1966) through volume 24 (1989), some of which contain articles of interest to readers of Canadian military history, including:

Volume 2, Issue 1, 1967:

J.L. Granatstein, "The Conservative Party and Conscription in the Second World War", pp.130-148;

Volume 4, Issue 1, 1969:

Robert Cuff, "Organizing for War: Canada and the United States during World War I", pp.141-156;

Volume 6, Issue 1, 1971:

F.J. Thorpe, "Fish, Forts and Finance: The Politics of French Construction at Placentia, 1699-1710", pp.52-64;

David Gagan, "The Historical Identity of the Denison Family of Toronto, 1792-1860", pp.124-137;

René Durocher, "Henri Bourassa, les évêques et la guerre de 1914-1918", pp.248-275;

Volume 7, Issue 1, 1972:

John H. Thompson, "'The Beginning of our Regeneration': The Great War and Western Canadian Reform Movements", pp.231-245;

Volume 11, Issue 1, 1976:

Ruth Pierson, "Women's Emancipation and the Recruitment of Women into the Canadian Labour Force in World War II", pp.141-173;

John H. Thompson, "'Permanently Wasteful but Immediately Profitable': Prairie Agriculture and the Great War", pp.193-206;

Volume 13, Issue 1, 1978:

Ruth Roach Pierson, "'Jill Canuck': CWAC of All Trades, but No 'Pistol Packing Momma'", pp.106-133;

Paul M. Couture, "The Vichy-Free French Propaganda War in Quebec, 1940 to 1942", pp.200-216; and

William R. Young, "Academics and Social Scientists versus the Press: The Policies of the Bureau of Public Information and the Wartime Information Board, 1939 to 1945", pp.217-240.

26 September 2008

New Books at Library and Archives Canada (September 2008)

Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.ca) has released its new books list for September 2008. The list includes the following items of interest (including some not yet released for sale and some which seem to have been out for sale for a while now) with respect to Canadian military history:
 
Ian D. Barnes, The History of the 26th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, 1908-2008: One Hundred Years of Dedicated Service (Brandon, MB: 26th Field Regiment RCA/XII Manitoba Dragoons Museum, 2008);
 
John W. Chalmers, Navigator Brothers: The Story of Two Brothers in the RCAF (Edmonton: JJN Chalmers, 2008);
 
John C. Chasty, John E. Marshall: Reflections from the War Years, 1941-1946 (Mississauga, ON: JC Chasty, 2008);
 
August Joh Geeraert, Canadian (Kelowna, BC: Rosetta Projects, 2008);
 
Douglas M. McLean (ed.), Fighting at Sea: Naval Battles from the Ages of Sail and Steam (Montreal: Robin Brass Studio, 2008);
 
Arlo Maitland Moen, A Sailor's Stories (Lockeport, NS: Community Books, 2008);
 
Stephen James Nickerson, Traded for Twenty-Two Spitfires (Liverpool, NS: SJ Nickerson, 2008);
 
Bonnie G. Rourke, The Sea Cadet Years on Georgian Bay (Midland, ON: Huronia Museum, 2008);
 
Edward H. Wigney, Guests of the Kaiser: Prisoners of War of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1915-1918 (Ottawa: CEF Books, 2008); and
 
Mark Zuehlke, Operation Husky: The Canadian Invasion of Sicily, July 10 - August 7, 1943 (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2008).

24 September 2008

MA theses and PhD dissertations - part 23

More results from the Library and Archives Canada theses portal - MAs and PhDs with specific reference to Canadian military history (some have direct links to their PDFed versions):
 
Craig Chouinard, "Shipyard Struggles: The Origins of the Maritime Marine Worker's Federation in Saint John, N.B., 1939-1947", MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 1995;
 
Charles Alexander Cotton, "The Divided Army: Role Orientations among Canada's Peacetime Soldiers", PhD thesis, Carleton University, 1980;
 
Jérôme Coutard, "Des valeurs en guerre : presse, propaganda et culture de guerre au Québec, 1914-1918", PhD thèse, Université Laval, 1999;
 
Deborah Emily Cowen, "Welfare Warriors: Genealogies and Geographies of the Soldier and Social Citizenship in Canada", PhD dissertation, University of Toronto, 2005;
 
James Samuel Cox, "The Transformation of Canadian Defence Intelligence since the End of the Cold War", MA thesis, Royal Military College of Canada, 2004;
 
John E. Craig, "Public Opinion in Manitoba and the Approach to War, 1931-1939", MA thesis, University of Toronto, 1952;
 
Craig McLeod Frank Jones, "Canada in United States Strategy: Canada's Alliance Participation in NATO & NORAD from 1945 to the 1987 White Paper", MA thesis, Queen's University, 1987;
 
Craig Leslie Mantle, "Bagpipes and limestone: The History of the 253rd Battalion, Queen's University Highlanders, C.E.F.", MA thesis, Queen's University, 2002;
 
Craig Maskill, "Where one Scot comes, others soon follow: The 42nd Royal Highland Regiment (Black Watch) and the Settlement of the Nashwaak River Valley, 1783-1823", MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 1999; and
 
Craig Irwin Stevenson, "Those now at war are our friends and neighbours: The Views of Evangelical Editors in British North America toward the American Civil War, 1861-1865", MA thesis, Queen's University, 1997.

21 September 2008

Cold War Symposium at the Diefenbunker

The Diefenbunker ("Canada's Cold War Museum") will be hosting a symposium from 7 to 9 November 2008 entitled "Cold Culture: A Symposium on New Approaches to Cold War Research, Education and Expression".  Sponsored by the Canadian War Museum and the Brookstreet Hotel, the symposium is, in the words of the press release, "being organized to bring together a broad range of professional scholars, artists, filmmakers, teachers, museum professionals and journalists who are involved in the exploration of themes in Cold War history, and who shape how the conflict is understood today."  Those scheduled to present include:
 
Dr. Christian Ostermann, "New Approaches to Cold War Research" (keynote address);
 
Andrew Burtch, "Can't you read, man?  Run for your Life!: Civil Defence, Fallout Shelters, and the Public during the Berlin Crisis, 1958-61";
 
Caralee Daigle, "Gambling on the Brink: Canada, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Global Cold War";
 
Dr. Jessamyn Neuhaus, "Father, Mother, Policeman, Teacher, and Doctor Know Best: Postwar Prescriptive Classroom Films and Their Pedagogical Potential in Undergraduate History Courses";
 
Dr. Kevin Brushett, "The Kids Are Alright?: Teaching Canada's Role in the Cold War...";
 
Andrew Denstedt, "Useful Citizenship: The Cold War and the Ontario Education System, 1950-67";
 
John A. Soares, Jr., "'Bloody War and a Beautiful, Peaceful Army of Athletes': Confrontation and Cooperation in Cold War International Ice Hockey";
 
Dr. Gordon Johnston, "The BBC, Communism and the Cold War";
 
Paul Hjartarson, "How the Cold War shaped the Post-WWII Development of English-Canadian Literature";
 
Adam Webb, "Aural History: The BBC External Services, International Broadcasting and the Cold War Challenge";
 
Alexandra Badzak, Yvonne Morris and Jan van der Fraenen, "Interpreting the Cold War - A Museum's Perspective"; and
 
Frances Gary Powers, Jr., "The Battle for a Cold War Museum".
 
The Diefenbunker is located at 3911 Carp Road, Carp, Ontario, K0A 1L0 (just west of Ottawa) and can be reached at 613-839-0007, at www.diefenbunker.ca or by e-mail at administration@diefenbunker.ca.

19 September 2008

Index of the Report of the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, part 3

The index of the Report of the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association (the earliest of the CHA annual journals) has been published for its issues from volume 1 (1922) through volume 44 (1965), some of which contain articles of interest to readers of Canadian military history, including:

Volume 28, Issue 1, 1949:

C.P. Stacey, "Halifax as an International Strategic Factor, 1749-1949", pp.46-56;

Volume 29, Issue 1, 1950:

H.M. Jackson, "The Queen's Rangers and their Contribution in the Years 1776 to 1784", pp.11-19;

Sam H.S. Hughes, "Sir Sam Hughes and the Problem of Imperialism", pp.30-41;

Antoine Roy, "Le fort Frontenac our Catarakoui sous le régime français", pp.51-57;

Volume 38, Issue 1, 1959:

C.P. Stacey, "Generals and Generalship before Quebec, 1759-1760", pp.1-15;

Volume 41, Issue 1, 1962:

J. Mackay Hitsman, "Sir George Prevost's Conduct of the Canadian War of 1812", pp.34-43;

Jay Luvaas, "General Sir Patrick MacDougall, the American Civil War and the Defence of Canada", pp.44-54;

Volume 42, Issue 1, 1963:

G.G. Smith, "The Clandestine Submarines of 1914-15: An Essay in the History of the North Atlantic Triangle", pp.194-203; and

Volume 43, Issue 1, 1964:

J. Mackay Hitsman, "Military Defenders of Prince Edward Island, 1775-1864", pp.25-36.

15 September 2008

Upcoming lecture on Canada's Last 100 Days

Sorry for the short notice on this one - Norman Leach e-mailed me some time ago to inform me that he would be speaking on "Canada's Last 100 Days" at The Military Museums in Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday, 18 September, at 1930 hours ($10 admission).  As the press release notes:
 
"By July 1918 the names were legendary - Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, and Passchendaele.  These battles seemed impossible to win until the Canadian Expeditionary Force moved to the Front.  The Canadian Corps, led by Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie, proved unstoppable.  In fact, the German infantry referred to the Canadians as "storm troopers" because "we can stop the British and we can stop the Australians but we cannot stop the Canadians - they come on like a storm."  Unsurprisingly, when British Field Marshall Haig needed a victory in August 1918 at Amiens, the Canadians were once again called to the Front and given the most distant objectives.  So began the march to Mons and the campaign that ended the First World War - The Last 100 Days.  Historian Norman Leach will take participants on a story-filled journey with the Canadian Expeditionary Force as it marched to victory on 11 November 1918."
 
Norman is an associate editor with Honour magazine ad the author of Passchendaele: Canada's Triumph and Tragedy on the Fields of Flanders, Broken Arrow, Great Military Leaders and Canadian Peacekeepers.  He was also the lead historian for the recently-released film Passchendaele.

14 September 2008

MA theses and PhD dissertations - part 22

More results from the Library and Archives Canada theses portal - MAs and PhDs with specific reference to Canadian military history (some have direct links to their PDFed versions):
Daniel Conlin, "A Private War in the Caribbean: Nova Scotia Privateering, 1793-1805", MA thesis, Saint Mary's University, 1996;
George Leslie Cook, "Canada's Relations with Britain 1911-1919: Problems of Imperial Defence and Foreign Policy", PhD dissertation, Oxford University, 1968;
Peter Laurence Cook, "Les voyes de douceur et d'insinuation: French-Amerindian Diplomacy on New France's Western Frontier, 1703-1725", MA thesis, University of Ottawa, 1994;
Ramsay Cook, "Canadian Liberalism in Wartime: A Study of the Defence of Canada Regulations and Some Canadian Attitudes to Civil Liberties in 1939-1945", MA thesis, Queen's University, 1955;
Owen Arnold Cooke, "Organization and Training in the Central Canadian Militia, 1866-1885", MA thesis, Queen's University, 1974;
Rory McKenzie Cory, "British Light Infantry in North America in the Seven Year's War", MA thesis, Simon Fraser University, 1993;
Paul Morgan Couture, "The Politics of Diplomacy: The Crisis of Canada-France Relations, 1940-1942", PhD dissertation, 1981;
Corrine Kennedy, "They brought us Eaton's catalogues: Issues of Gender, Consumerism, and Citizenship in the Stories of Second World War British War Brides", MA thesis, Carleton University, 2002;
Teresa M. Nash, "Images of Women in National Film Board of Canada Films during World War II and the Post-War Years, 1939 to 1949", PhD dissertation, McGill University, 1982; and
Jason Wilson, "Soldiers of Song: The Dumbells and Other Canadian Concert Parties of the First World War", MA thesis, University of Guelph, 2004. 

12 September 2008

Call for Papers / Appel de communications from the Canadian Historical Association / Société historique du Canada

The Canadian Historical Association / Société historique du Canada has issued its call for papers / appel de communications for its 2009 annual meeting / réunion annuelle to be held at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, from 25 to 27 May 2009.  As the CHA / SHC notes in the press release:
 
"The central theme for the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association will be "Authority in the Past, Authority of the Past". As historians address the complexities of political, social, and cultural authority in their research, there is a growing recognition that historical narratives are shaped by the institutions, actors, and practices that claim to speak for the past. "Authority in the Past, Authority of the Past" is inspired by this research and also by the setting of the conference in Canada's capital city with its symbolic architecture of authority and history, in the guise of Parliament, the Supreme Court, Library and Archives Canada, and a network of institutions, monuments, and designated 'historic sites'." / « La réunion annuelle de la Société historique du Canada en 2009 aura pour thème principal « L'autorité dans le passé, l'autorité du passé ». En étudiant la complexité de l'autorité politique, sociale et culturelle, les historiens réalisent aussi que les récits historiques tirent leur propre autorité/ /de certaines pratiques et institutions. « L'autorité dans le passé, l'autorité du passé » s'inspire de ces travaux, de même que du lieu choisi pour la conférence : la capitale canadienne, avec son architecture d'histoire et d'autorité, sous les espèces du Parlement, de la Cour suprême, de la Bibliothèque et des Archives, et d'un réseau d'institutions, de monuments et de sites déclarés historiques. »

"We therefore invite submissions that consider one or both sides of "authority" and how it has been produced, experienced, and memorialized. We encourage submissions that consider how authority has effects at multiple levels, empire, nation, region, locality, family, and the body, and which examine how authority is legitimized, contested, and (re)produced through time and space. We welcome submissions that reflect on and explore the authority of historical knowledge and its relation to cultural institutions, archives, museums, and communities. We especially urge submissions that reflect on the opportunities, advantages, and challenges for historical research that involves alliances between community organizations and postsecondary institutions. In all these thematic areas, we strongly encourage submissions that adopt a transnational perspective and approach. This is especially the case for full panel submissions." / « Nous invitons les chercheurs à soumettre des propositions de communications qui abordent l'autorité sous l'une ou l'autre de ces deux faces, et qui examinent la manière dont elle est produite, vécue et commémorée. Les présentations peuvent examiner les effets polyvalents de l'autorité (aux niveaux de l'empire, de la nation, de la région, de la famille et du corps) ou étudier la façon dont l'autorité est légitimée, contestée et (re)produite dans le temps et l'espace. Elles peuvent aussi réfléchir sur l'autorité de la connaissance historique et sur ses rapports avec les institutions culturelles, les archives, les musées et les communautés. Un accueil particulièrement favorable sera réservé aux propositions qui réfléchissent sur les avantages et les défis, pour la recherche historique, qui découlent des alliances entre les organismes communautaires et les institutions postsecondaires. Quel que soit le thème abordé, nous favorisons les propositions de communications qui adoptent une perspective transnationale, en particulier dans le cas des propositions pour des séances complètes. »

The association will also consider submissions for papers on other topics with an "absolute" deadline for submissions of 15 October 2008.  For further details check out the CHA / SHC website or contact the Program Chair, John Walsh at john_walsh@carleton.ca.

10 September 2008

Index of the Report of the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, part 2

The index of the Report of the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association (the earliest of the CHA annual journals) has been published for its issues from volume 1 (1922) through volume 44 (1965), some of which contain articles of interest to readers of Canadian military history, including:

Volume 16, Issue 1, 1937:

Chester W. New, "The Rebellion of 1837 in its Larger Setting: Presidential Address", pp.5-17;

Volume 17, Issue 1, 1938:

Albert B. Corey, "Canadian Border Defence Problems after 1814 to their Culmination in the 'Forties", pp.111-120;

Volume 19, Issue 1, 1940:

J.A. Corry, "The Growth of Government Activities in Canada, 1914-1921", pp.63-73;

A.L. Burt, "The Frontier in the History of New France", pp.93-99;

George F.G. Stanley, "Western Canada and the Frontier Thesis", pp.105-117;

Volume 20, Issue 1, 1941:

Gilbert Norman Tucker, "The Organizing of the East Coast Patrols, 1914-1918", pp.32-40;

Willard E. Ireland, "Pre-Confederation Defence Problems of the Pacific Colonies", pp.41-54;

F.H. Soward, "Sir Robert Borden and Canada's External Policy, 1911-1920", pp.65-82;

Volume 25, Issue 1, 1946:

C.P. Stacey, "The Nature of an Official History", pp.74-83;

Gilbert Norman Tucker, "Some Aspects of the Battle of the Atlantic", pp.84-91; and

F.H. Hitchins, "Evolution of the Royal Canadian Air Force", pp.92-100.

07 September 2008

More Canadian military history book reviews at H-Net

H-Net's (www.h-net.org) H-Canada discussion list is the home to a few more reviews of books on Canadian military history.  These include:
 
Stephen Brumwell, Paths of Glory: The Life and Death of General Wolfe (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007) (www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=14658);
 
Tim Cook, At the Sharp End, Volume 1: Canadians Fighting the Great War 1914-1916 (Toronto: Viking Canada, 2007) (www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=14703); and
 
and Paul Douglas Dickson, A Thoroughly Canadian General: A Biography of General H.D.G. Crerar (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007) (www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=14672).

06 September 2008

MA theses and PhD dissertations - part 21

More results from the Library and Archives Canada theses portal - MAs and PhDs with specific reference to Canadian military history (some have direct links to their PDFed versions):
 
Claude Beauregard, "Guerre et censure : l'expérience des journaux, des militaies et de la population pendant la deuxième guerre mondiale", PhD thèse, Université Laval, 1995;
 
Geneviève Claudine Bergeron, "Victoires au fort William-Henry, 1757 : les alliés amérindiens et la guerre de Sept Ans", MA thèse, Université Laval, 2002;
 
Colette Caines, "John Diefenbaker, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Canadian Press", MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 2005;
 
Donna Coates, "Myrmidons and Insubordinates: Australian and Canadian Women's Fictional Responses to the Great War", PhD dissertation, University of Calgary, 1993;
 
Robert Edward Cockram, "Canadian Gunner Battle School, 1943-45: The Italian Campaign and the Employment of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division's Artillery", MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 1982;
 
Danielle Hards, "We are the girls behind the boys behind the guns: Military Women and the Canadian Forces", MA thesis, Carleton University, 1994;
 
William Clarence Parrott, "On the Perimeter: A Reconstruction of the Military Geography of Newfoundland and Labrador during the Second World War, 1939-1945", MA thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1994;
 
Clifford James Pierce, "Sovereignty as an Issue in Canadian Defence Policy, 1940 to 1968", MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 1976;
 
Colin Frederick Read, "The Rising in Western Upper Canada, 1837-38: The Duncombe Revolt and After", PhD dissertation, University of Toronto, 1974; and
 
Mark Colling Thiessen, "The Role of Military Spending in Canada", MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1981.

03 September 2008

Canadian Military Oral History Collections Guide at the University of Victoria

Yet again, the good folks over at the Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group (www.cefresearch.com) have suggested another resource of interest to students of Canadian military history.  The Canadian Military Oral History Collections Guide at the University of Victoria Libraries' Special Collections (gateway.uvic.ca/spcoll/Mil/Oral.html) is an online catalogue outlining the more than 230 interviews in the collection conducted by five different individuals and organizations.  The interviewees include veterans of the Canadian and British militaries, the First and Second World Wars, and service on sea, land and air.  Not surprisingly, many of the interviewees are from British Columbia or served with units located there or with British Columbia links.  A wonderful collection, to be sure.

31 August 2008

Index of the Report of the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association part 1

The index of the Report of the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association (the earliest of the CHA annual journals) has been published for its issues from volume 1 (1922) through volume 44 (1965), some of which contain articles of interest to readers of Canadian military history, including:

Volume 1, Issue 1, 1922:

L-A. Prud'homme, "Anciens forts dans le Nord-Ouest", pp.35-37;

Volume 3, Issue 1, 1924:

Aegidius Fauteux, "Montcalm", pp.25-44;

Frances Staton, "The Compilation of a Bibliography of the Rebellion of 1837-38", pp.66-72;

Volume 5, Issue 1, 1926:

Gustave Lanctot, "Les troupes de la Nouvelle-France", pp.40-60;

J. Clarence Webster, "Rise and Fall of Louisbourg", pp.95-109;

Volume 11, Issue 1, 1932:

D.C. Harvey, "Machias and the Invasion of Nova Scotia", pp.17-28;

Volume 13, Issue 1, 1934:

C.P. Stacey, "British Military Policy in Canada in the Era of Federation", pp.20-29;

Volume 14, Issue 1, 1935:

C.P. Stacey, "The Fenian Troubles and Canadian Military Development, 1865-1871", pp.26-35;

A. Fortescue Duguid, "Canadians in Battle, 1915-1918", pp.36-50;

Volume 15, Issue 1, 1936:

E.R. Adair, "The Military Reputation of Major-General James Wolfe: Presidential Address", pp.7-31.

29 August 2008

New Books at Library and Archives Canada (August 2008)

Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.ca) has released its new books list for August 2008. The list includes the following items of interest (including some not yet released for sale and some which seem to have been out for sale for a while now) with respect to Canadian military history:
 
Gerry Carline, Duncan's War: The War-Time Letters (1916-1919) of Duncan Munro and the Story of the 44th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (Moose Jaw, SK: G. Carline, 2008);
 
Norman Leach, Passchendaele: Canada's Triumph and Tragedy on the Fields of Flanders: An Illustrated History (Regina: Coteau Books, 2008);
 
John Irvine Little, Loyalties in Conflict: A Canadian Borderland War and Rebellion, 1812-1840 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008);
 
D. Peter MacLeod, Northern Armageddon: The Battle of the Plains of Abraham (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2008);
 
W. David Parsons, The Best Small-Boat Men in the Navy: The Newfoundland Division of the Royal Naval Reserve, 1902-1921 (St. John's, NL: DRC Publishing, 2008);
 
Peter Pigott, Canada in Sudan: War without Borders (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2008);
 
Jeff Stouffer and Craig Leslie Mantle (Eds.), Leveraging Trust: A Force Multiplier for Today (Kingston: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2008); and
 
Guy Partington Wainman, Astonishing Luck: The Unique and Revealing Story of a Modest Man who made a Major Contribution! (Orillia, ON: G.W. Wainman, 2008).

27 August 2008

MA theses and PhD dissertations - part 20

More results from the Library and Archives Canada theses portal - MAs and PhDs with specific reference to Canadian military history (some have direct links to their PDFed versions) (Note: I've stopped linking them directly to the LAC webpage as these don't seem to remain unchanged very long):

Robert Charles Aitken, "Undo the myth maker: A Comparison of Ritual Torture and Religious Transaction in Popular Religious Rioting during the French Wars of Religion, and the Huron Prisoner of War Execution Ceremony in North America during the End of the Sixteenth Century", MA thesis, Concordia University, 2006;

John Charles Blaxland, "Strategic Cousins: Canada, Australia and their Use of Expeditionary Forces from the Boer War to the War on Terror", PhD dissertation, The Royal Military College of Canada, 2004;

Charles S. Bradley, "The Education of Non-Commissioned Officers, Soldiers and their Children in Britain's Canadian Garrisons, 1800-1890", MA thesis, Carleton University, 2002;

Charles Gordon Brewer, "The Diocese of Antigonish and World War I", MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 1975;

David Charles Gregory Campbell, "The Divisional Experience in the C.E.F.: A Social and Operational History of the 2nd Canadian Division, 1915-1918", PhD dissertation, University of Calgary, 2004;

Charles Alexander Cotton, "The Divided Army: Role Orientations among Canada's Peacetime Soldiers", PhD dissertation, Carleton University, 1980;

Bernard Charles Leblanc, "A Reluctant Recruit: Angus L. Macdonald and Conscription, 1940-1945", MA thesis, Queen's University, 1987;

Toby Charles Douglas Lennox, "Pressure Groups and Canadian Security Policy: The Case of the SDI and NORAD Decisions", MA thesis, Dalhousie University, 1986;

Arthur Charles Odell, "The Origins, Development and Utilization of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division", MA thesis, University of Victoria, 1976; and

Charles Russel Spina, "War by other means: Quebec's Contribution to Canada's War", MA thesis, University of Ottawa, 1979.

25 August 2008

McMaster University First World War Maps and Aerial Photography

Some time ago the good folks over at the CEF Study Group (www.cefresearch.com) posted material on a new project undertaken by McMaster University Libraries called "World War I Military Maps & Aerial Photography - France & Belgium" (library.mcmaster.ca/maps/ww1/home.htm).  As the website notes: "In the early 1970s, McMaster University Library acquired a World War I collection of archival material.  Included in this collection were over 400 World War I military maps which now reside in the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections."  Most of the maps are of the British Ordnance Survey variety with a few German and French maps also available.  Most of the maps are 1:10,000, 1:20,000 and 1:40,000 scale and leans towards 1917 and 1918.  The aerial photographs, approximately 350 in total, are mostly Royal Air Force products from 1917 and 1918.  There is also a wide variety of explanatory material to help with deciphering exactly what it is you're looking at and how to read the maps.

McMaster University First World War Military Maps and Aerial Photography

Some time ago the good folks over at the CEF Study Group (www.cefresearch.com) posted material on a new project undertaken by McMaster University Libraries called "World War I Military Maps & Aerial Photography - France & Belgium" (library.mcmaster.ca/maps/ww1/home.htm).  As the website notes: "In the early 1970s, McMaster University Library acquired a World War I collection of archival material.  Included in this collection were over 400 World War I military maps which now reside in the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections."  Most of the maps are of the British Ordnance Survey variety with a few German and French maps also available.  Most of the maps are 1:10,000, 1:20,000 and 1:40,000 scale and leans towards 1917 and 1918.  The aerial photographs, approximately 350 in total, are mostly Royal Air Force products from 1917 and 1918.  There is also a wide variety of explanatory material to help with deciphering exactly what it is you're looking at and how to read the maps.

22 August 2008

Index of the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association

The Journal of the Canadian Historical Association / La Revue de la Société historique du Canada has published an index online of its current and back issues, some of which contain articles of interest to readers of Canadian military history, including:

Daniel Byers, "Mobilising Canada: The National Resources Mobilization Act, the Department of National Defence, and Compulsory Military Service in Canada, 1940-1945", vol.7, no.1, 1996, pp.175-203;

Lara Campbell, "'We who have wallowed in the mud of Flanders': First World War Veterans, Unemployment and the Development of Social Welfare in Canada, 1929-1939", vol.11, no.1, 2000, pp.125-149;

Michael Carroll, "Canada and the Financing of the United Nations Emergency Force, 1957-1963", vol.13, no.1, 2002, pp.217-234;

Tim Cook, "'Literary Memorials': The Great War Regimental Histories, 1919-1939", vol.13, no.1, 2002, pp.167-190;

Christian Dessureault et Roch Legault, "Évolution organisationnelle et sociale de la milice sédentaire canadienne : le cas du bataillon de Saint-Hyacinthe, 1808-1830", vol.8, no.1, 1997, pp.87-112;

Magda Fahmi, "The Romance of Reunion: Montreal War Veterans Return to Family Life, 1944-1949", vol.9, no.1, 1998, pp.187-208;

Lanny Hannant, "'My God, are they sending women?': Three Canadian Women in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939", vol.15, no.1, 2004, pp.153-176;

Rachel Lea Heide, "Allies in Complicity: The United States, Canada, and the Clayton Knight Committee's Clandestine Recruiting of Americans for the Royal Canadian Air Force, 1940-1942", vol.15, no.1, 2004, pp.207-230;

Michael A. Hennessy, "World War II and the Rebirth and Death of Canada's Merchant Marine", vol.6, no.1, 1995, pp.209-241;

Mark Osborne Humphries, "The Horror at Home: The Canadian Military and the "Great" Influenza Pandemic of 1918", vol.16, no.1, 2005, pp.235-260;

Linda J. Quiney, "'Sharing the Halo': Social and Professional Tensions in the Work of World War I Canadian Volunteer Nurses", vol.9, no.1, 1998, pp.105-124;

Ian K. Steele, "Hostage-Taking 1754: Virginians vs Canadians", vol.16, no.1, 2005, pp.49-73; and

Michael D. Stevenson, "The Mobilisation of Native Canadians during the Second World War", vol.7, no.1, 1996, pp.205-226.

20 August 2008

Conference on Loyalism and the Revolutionary Atlantic World

Professor Stephen Miller, Associate Professor of History, University of Maine, has sent out a call for papers and a conference announcement for "Loyalism and the Revolutionary Atlantic World", to be held 4-6 June 2008, at the University of Maine, in Orono, Maine.  As the release notes:
 
"This conference will bring together specialists who employ trans-national perspectives to better understand opposition to the American Revolution and its broader significance throughout the Atlantic world.  The organizers welcome individual paper and panel proposals from scholars in all disciplines who explore loyalism beyond a U.S. national framework.  British imperial, Canadian, Atlantic, and global perspectives are all expected to be addressed over the course of the conference."
 
Paper proposals - hard copy only - should consist of a 750 word abstract and a short CV, with panel proposals also including a 500 word "rationale for the panel", all due by 3 October 2008.  Proposals should be sent to Liam Riordan/Stephen Hornsby, Attn:  Loyalism Conference, History Department, 5774 Stevens Hall, Room 275, University of Maine, Orono, ME, 04469-5774.

17 August 2008

MA theses and PhD dissertations - part 19

More results from the Library and Archives Canada theses portal - MAs and PhDs with specific reference to Canadian military history (some have direct links to their PDFed versions):

Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne, « Les mouvements patriote et loyal dans les comtés de Missisquoi, Shefford et Stanstead, 1834-1837 », MA thèse, Université du Québec à Montréal, 1990;

Margaret Isabel Catherine Campbell, "Harmony and Dissonance: A Study of the Influence of Foreign Policy Goals on Military Decision-Making with Respect to the Canadian NATO Brigade in Germany, 1951-1964", PhD thesis, Université Laval, 2000 [direct PDF link];

Jay Cassel, "The troupes de la marine in Canada, 1683-1760", PhD dissertation, University of Toronto, 1988;

Stefania Halyna Cepuch, "Our guests are busy: The Internment and Labour of German Prisoners of War in Ontario, 1940-1946", MA thesis, Queen's University, 1992;

Michael Pearson Cessford, "Hard in the attack: The Canadian Army in Sicily and Italy, July 1943 - June 1944", PhD dissertation, Carleton University, 1996;

Dean Andrew Chappelle, "The most brilliant of successes: The Planning and Implementation of the Battle of Amiens, 8-11 August, 1918", MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 1992;

André Charbonneau, Yvon Desloges, et Marc Lafrance, « Les fortifications de Québec du XVIIe au XIXe siècle », PhD thèse, Université Laval, 1982;

François Charbonneau, « La crise de la conscription pentant la Seconde Guerre mondiale et l'identité canadienne-française », MA thèse, Université d'Ottawa, 2000 [direct PDF link];

Ramesh Chandra Thakur, "Canada, India and the Vietnam War: Peacekeeping, Foreign Policy and International Politics", PhD dissertation, Queen's University, 1978; and

Nicole Gail Catherine Woodman-Harvey, "Gendered Nationalism: Ontario's Defence Training, Health and Physical Education Curriculum and the Second World War", MA thesis, University of Toronto, 2000 [direct PDF link].

15 August 2008

New books (July 2008) at Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.ca) has released its new books list for July 2008. The list includes the following items of interest (including some not yet released for sale and some which seem to have been out for sale for a while now) with respect to Canadian military history:

Robert A. Darlington and Fraser McKee, Three Princes Armed: Luxury Liners to Warships (Victoria, BC: Darlington/McKee Publishing Team, 2008);

Simon Falconer, Canada's Black Watch: An Illustrated History of the Regular Force Battalions, 1951-1970 (Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane Editions, 2008);

Éva Lucie Gagné, Les Canadiens à l'assaut : journal de la 13e Batterie, 1914-1918 (Ottawa: CEF Books, 2008); and

William D. Naftel, Halifax at War: Searchlights, Squadrons and Submaries, 1939-1945 (Halifax, NS: Formac Publishing, 2008).

13 August 2008

Index of The Canadian Historical Review part 9

A continuing look at the back issues of The Canadian Historical Review from vol.81, no.1 (2000) onward reveals a lot of content of interest to readers of Canadian military history, including:

Vol.82, No.2 (June 2001):

Richard Harris and Tricia Shulist, "Canada's Reluctant Housing Program: The Veterans' Land Act, 1942-75", pp.253-282;

Vol.83, No.1 (March 2002):

Tim Cook, "Clio's Soldiers: Charles Stacey and the Army Historical Section in the Second World War", pp.29-57;

Vol.85, No.4 (December 2004):

Tim Cook, "The Madman and the Butcher: Sir Sam Hughes, Sir Arthur Currie, and their War of Reputations", pp.693-720;

Vol.86, No.4 (December 2005):

John Macfarlane, "Agents of Control or Chaos? A Strike at Arvida helps clarify Canadian Policy on using Troops against Workers during the Second World War", pp.619-640;

Vol.87, No.2 (June 2006):

Benjamin Isitt, "Mutiny from Victoria to Vladivostok, December 1918", pp.223-264; and

Vol.87, No.3 (September 2006):

Timothy Balzar, "'In Case the Raid is Unsuccessful...': Selling Dieppe to Canadians", pp.409-430.

(review ceased after Vol.89, No.1 (March 2008), the last issue published at this point.)

10 August 2008

First World War online exhibition from the Canadian War Museum

The Canadian War Museum has launched an online exhibition, titled Canada and the First World War, which opens with a simple interface and the statement: "Canada's contribution to the First World War led to growing autonomy and international recognition, but at great cost." The site then lists five categories to follow: "Introduction to the First World War", "History of the First World War", "Objects and Photos of the First World War", "Teacher Resources", and "The Canadian War Museum".

In an e-mail sent by Tim Cook, the First World War Historian at the Canadian War Museum he notes that the project incorporates more than 700 digitized images of artefacts, 6,000 official photographs and more than 100,000 words of interpretative text. He writes that visitors to the online exhibition can "move thematically by subject matter - navigating along top and side bars - or delve into artifacts directly. When examining the artifact images, there is an extremely robust viewing mechanism - zoomify - that allows for deep enhancement."

Canada and the First World War is reportedly just the first of the museum's internet-based exhibitions, and a new one is expected next year on the Royal Canadian Navy.

08 August 2008

MA theses and PhD dissertations - part 18

More results from the Library and Archives Canada theses portal - MAs and PhDs with specific reference to Canadian military history (some have direct links to their PDFed versions):

Carl Benn, "The Iroquois in the War of 1812", PhD dissertation, York University, 1995;

Louise Cameron, "L'anecdote militaire dans la publicité de marque, 1914-1918", MA thèse, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, 1980;

John Robinson Campbell, "James Layton Ralston and Manpower for the Canadian Army", MA thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1984;

Murray John Cardwell, "The British Expedition against Fort Ticonderoga in 1758", MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 1990;

William S. Carter, "Anglo-Canadian Wartime Relations, 1939-1945: RAF Bomber Command and No. 6 (Canadian) Group", PhD dissertation, McMaster University, 1989;

Wesley Carl Gustavson, "Missing the Boat?: Colonel A.F. Duguid and the Canadian Official History of World War I", MA thesis, University of Calgary, 1999 [direct PDF link];

Carolyn J. Keeler, "Combatting Culture: The Silent Debate over the Canadian Military Tradition", MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1998 [direct PDF link];

Cameron Walter Pulsifer, "Highland Officers in Halifax: A Social, Cultural, and Military Study of the Officer Corps of the 78th Highland Regiment of Foot in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1869-71", PhD dissertation, Queen's University, 1992;

Ellen Carrie Scheinberg, "Women, War, and Work: Female Textile Workers in Cornwall, Ontario, 1936-1946", MA thesis, Queen's University, 1990; and

Carl E. Swanson, "Predators and Prizes: Privateering in the British Colonies during the War of 1739-1748", PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, 1979.

06 August 2008

Latest issue of The Journal of Military History

Vol.72, No.3 (July 2008) of The Journal of Military History is out, and contains a few items of particular interest to readers of Canadian military history, including:

Galen Roger Perras and Katrina E. Kellner, "'A perfectly logical and sensible thing': Billy Mitchell Advocates a Canadian-American Aerial Alliance against Japan", pp.785-823;

a book review of P. Whitney Lackenbauer and Chris M.V. Madsen's Kurt Meyer on Trial: A Documentary Record; and

a mention of Donald C. Story's, "The Origins of of the Cancellation of Canada's Avro CF-105 Arrow Fighter Program: A Failure of Strategy", Journal of Strategic Studies, vol.30 (December 2007): 1025-1050).

03 August 2008

Index of The Canadian Historical Review part 8

A continuing look at the back issues of The Canadian Historical Review from vol.71, no.1 (1990) onward reveals a lot of content of interest to readers of Canadian military history, including:

Vol.71, No.4 (1990):

Roger Sarty, "Canadian Maritime Defence, 1892-1914", pp.462-490;

Vol.73, No.3 (1992):

Gregory S. Kealey, "State Repression of Labour and the Left in Canada, 1914-20: The Impact of the First World War", pp.281-314;

Jeff Keshen, "All the News That Was Fit to Print: Ernest J. Chambers and Information Control in Canada, 1914-19", pp.315-343;

Vol.76, No.1 (1995):

Allan Greek, "1837-38: Rebellion Reconsidered", pp.1-18; and

Vol.77, No.1 (1996):

Paul Maroney, "'The Great Adventure': The Context and Ideology of Recruiting in Ontario, 1914-17", pp.62-98.

01 August 2008

H-Net reviews of books on Canadian military history

H-Net, the absolutely massive history network online is home to a massive amount of information of interest the historian and readers of history. One of H-Net's "discussion networks" is H-Canada which, not surprisingly, is dedicated to the study of Canadian history and studies. In addition to some of the ongoing discussions on H-Canada there are the book reviews, several of which are of books in Canadian military history, including:

John Griffith Armstrong, The Halifax Explosion and the Royal Canadian Navy: Inquiry and Intrigue;

Martin Auger, Prisoners on the Home Front: German POWs and "Enemy Aliens" in Southern Quebec, 1940-1946;

Stephen Brumwell, Paths of Glory: The Life and Death of General James Wolfe;

Douglas E. Delaney, The Soldiers' General: Bert Hoffmeister at War;

Paul Douglas Dickson, A Thoroughly Canadian General: A Biography of General H.D.G. Crerar;

Serge Marc Durflinger, Fighting from Home: The Second World War in Verdun, Quebec;

R.B. Fleming (Ed.), The Wartime Letters of Leslie and Cecil Frost, 1915-1919;

Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeney, Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield;

Geoffrey Hayes, Andrew Iarocci, and Mike Bechthold (Eds.), Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment;

Paul Jackson, One of the Boys: Homosexuality in the Military during World War II;

Richard O. Mayne, Betrayed: Scandal, Politics and Naval Leadership;

Cynthia Toman, An Officer and a Lady: Canadian Military Nursing and the Second World War;

Jonathan F. Vance, Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning, and the First World War; and

Michael Whitby (Ed.), Commanding Canadians: The Second World War Diaries of A.F.C. Layard.

30 July 2008

MA theses and PhD dissertations - part 17

More results from the Library and Archives Canada theses portal - MAs and PhDs with specific reference to Canadian military history (some have direct links to their PDFed versions):

Kornel K. Buczek, "The Role of Verification in Canada's Arms Control Policy, 1968-1984", MA thesis, Dalhousie University, 1986;

Garry J. Burke, "Good for the boy and the nation: Military Drill and the Cadet Movement in Ontario Public Schools, 1865-1911", EdD dissertation, University of Toronto, 1996;

Kelly Janes Buziak, "Nothing wanting but a beginning: An Examination of the Character and Development of the Settlement founded by Members of Butler's Rangers in the Niagara Area, 1780-1800", MA thesis, University of Alberta, 1987;

Michael Shawn Cafferky, "Towards the Balanced Fleet: A History of the Royal Canadian Naval Air Service, 1943-1945", MA thesis, University of Victoria, 1990;

Michael Shawn Cafferky, "Uncharted Waters: The Development of the Helicopter Carrying Destroyer in the Post-War Royal Canadian Navy, 1943-1964", PhD dissertation, Carleton University, 1996;

Robert Henry Caldwell, "Butcher or Bolt: Responses to Nineteenth Century War in the Canadian North West in 1885", MA thesis, The Royal Military College of Canada, 1987;

David Charles Gregory Campbell, "The Divisional Experience in the C.E.F.: A Social and Operational History of the 2nd Canadian Division, 1915-1918", PhD dissertation, University of Calgary, 2004;

Margaret Isabel Catherine Campbell, "Harmony and Dissonance: A Study of the Influence of Foreign Policy Goals on Military Decision-Making with Respect to the Canadian NATO Brigade in Germany, 1951-1964", PhD dissertation, Université Laval, 2000 [direct PDF link];

James F. Camsell, "From Normandy to the Scheldt: Logistics and the First Canadian Army (June-September 1944)", MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 1996;

Robert Cameron Walker, "The Role of Threat Assessments in Canadian Defence Policy Formulation", MA thesis, Dalhousie University, 1988.