European Nativism Narrows the Horizons of the European Union Project

June 9, 2014

By Aitana Guia From its inception in 1950, federalists and intergovernmentalists wrestled for control of a project to unify Western Europe on economic and political terms.  For most of its six decades of existence, those who were reluctant to cease a growing share of their sovereignty to European institutions in Brussels held federalists at bay. Booming […]

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Memory at 100: The First World War Centennial and the Question of Commemoration

June 4, 2014

By Nathan Smith In a recent post here Jonathan Weier compared official plans in the UK and Australia to commemorate the First World War centennial with the Canadian government’s disengagement with the one-hundredth anniversary of the First World War.  Given the interest the federal Conservatives have shown in warrior nationalism and war commemoration, this is […]

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Pessimism and Hope When Teaching Global Environmental History

June 2, 2014

By Jim Clifford This past year I taught a small but fantastic group of undergraduate students in a course focused on the global environmental history of the industrial revolution. My goal in the course was to situate the massive environmental transformations of the past two centuries in a broad historical context and to provide an […]

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A Berks Retrospective: Feminist Mentorship and Inequality in the Ivory Tower

May 29, 2014

By Beth A. Robertson In anticipation of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Adele Perry wrote of the ongoing power of women’s history to “challenge and unsettle”. Reflecting on the success of the Berks this past weekend, one cannot fault Perry for being optimistic. I had the opportunity to present at this conference, held in […]

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China’s Official History and Wild Histories

May 28, 2014

By David Webster In Canada, some say, you can only get a new history museum by renaming an existing museum. In China, the 2010-1015 Five-Year Plan envisions opening 3,500 new museums. And this isn’t a matter of grandiose targets never to be achieved: by the end of last year, 4,000 museums had opened. The Chinese […]

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History Slam Episode Forty-Two: The Politics of Memory with Yves Frenette

May 27, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By Sean Graham Since coming to power in 2006, the Harper government has increasingly involved itself in historical commemorations. Perhaps most famously with the War of 1812 television campaign, the government’s efforts have led to debates over what events should be commemorated and how political considerations shape the […]

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What does Canadian History Look Like? Impressions from the Periodical Room

May 26, 2014

By Tom Peace This morning, as you read this post, historians from across the country have gathered at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario for the Canadian Historical Association’s annual meeting (click here to read the program). The CHA’s annual meeting is one of the most important forums to hear about new and emerging research […]

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Podcast: “Death or Deliverance: Canadian Courts Martial in the Great War” by Teresa Iacobelli

May 23, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Ottawa Historical Association welcomed historian Teresa Iacobelli on March 5, 2014. ActiveHistory is happy to feature her talk “Death or Deliverance: Canadian Courts Martial in the Great War”. Iacobelli is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at Queen’s University. Her talk is based on her book of the same […]

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Carpe Aqua: Asian Carp, Invasive Species, and the Great Lakes

May 22, 2014

By Daniel Macfarlane Invasive species in the Great Lakes have been a big problem for decades. From the alewife, which first appeared in the Great Lakes in the 1800s, to the zebra mussels in recent decades, the composition of the Great Lakes biomass has been constantly in flux. And the problem is about to get […]

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History Slam Episode Forty-One: Race, Identity, and Newfoundland Culture in Robert Chafe’s Oil and Water

May 21, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download By Sean Graham On February 18, 1942 off the coast of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, the USS Truxton and the USS Pollux ran aground in the midst of a harsh winter storm. Of the 389 sailors on both ships, only 186 survived. Of those, one stood out: Lanier Phillips. […]

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