Education for Sale: The Culture Industry and the Crisis in University Education

July 12, 2011

Britain’s investment in post-secondary education was, not unlike Canada’s, a post-war phenomenon that saw university education entrenched firmly within the public sector as part of the new welfare state. Since then, we’ve seen Britain move from largely free university education after World War II to the imposition of moderate tuition fees in 1998 and then to the current tripling of that figure to 9,000£.

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New Papers: So What Is the Story? Exploring Fragmentation and Synthesis in Current Canadian Historiography

April 26, 2011

The editors of are proud to present a round table on the current state of Canadian History writing and teaching by Ruth Sandwell, Lyle Dick, Peter Baskerville and Adele Perry. The round table includes an introduction by Sandwell and Dick and four short papers from the authors. Prologue The idea for this forum arose […]

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New paper: What Can “Oral History” Teach Us?

March 8, 2011

What if the study of the Canadian past was understood as an interdisciplinary field? Steven High’s new paper offers oral history as an example of an interdisciplinary craft that has made such a transition.  High, Canada Research Chair in Public History and Associate Professor of History at Concordia University, examines this and other issues surrounding […]

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New Paper – Cancun Summit: The True Reasons for the ‘Failure’ of the Green Movement by Jean-François Mouhot

December 8, 2010

As the 2010 UN Climate summit in Cancun seems unlikely to make any significant advances, the green movement has been blamed for failing to convince the public that action on climate change is both urgent and necessary, in particular because of its refusal of technologies such as nuclear energy and geo-engineering. However, looking at a […]

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New Active History Paper: Citizenship Literacy and National Self-identity by Larry A. Glassford

March 9, 2010

Abstract The content of history textbooks and curriculum is an important factor in the political socialization of succeeding generations of students. This study of representative classroom textbooks authorized for use in Ontario at three distinct eras of the 20th century shows how the main lines of interpretation have shifted over time. During the pre-World War […]

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CFP: Left History Theme Issue on Active History

February 26, 2010

Left History is currently seeking submissions from new and established scholars for a special theme issue on the emerging field of Active History.

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Translated Paper: “Why is Vietnam Recovering, while Cuba is Sinking?”

January 27, 2010

Today we published a translated English version of the first paper “Why is Vietnam Recovering, while Cuba is Sinking?” written by Yves Montenay, and translated by Michael Poplyansky.  Here is the abstract: Abstract Before going their separate ways, Vietnam and Cuba followed similar political and economic paths, making the impact of economic freedom on […]

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New Active History Paper: David Webster, Narratives of Colonization, Decolonization and Recolonization in Papua

January 21, 2010

We are happy to publish a paper by David Webster of the University of Regina. This is the third paper written for Check back next week for a translation of our first paper: Yves Montenay, Pourquoi le Vietnam s’en tire et Cuba s’enfonce. If you would like to contribute a paper to this website […]

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New Paper: Dumont on the Berlin Wall

November 5, 2009

We are happy to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a paper from Gérard-François Dumont of the University of Paris-Sorbonne entitled: The Berlin Wall: Life, Death and the Spatial Heritage of Berlin (click the title to move to the paper’s page).

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June 4, 2009

The committee is pleased to announce that we are actively soliciting papers in all areas of historical inquiry, including but not limited to several specific targeted areas. We are looking for short papers on important historical topics that might be of interest to policy makers, the media or the general public. Papers (approximately 2,000 […]

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