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.