Thursday, June 18, 2009

History of the University of Toronto History Department

Professor Michael Cross on yesterday's post "Endangered Canadianists":
I agree the U. of T. situation is not a happy one.
However, I think you exaggerate how much better it was in the 1960's. I taught there from 1968 to 1975, and Canadian history was
always undervalued.

Several people who wrote Canadian history -Ken McNaught and Gerry Craig- did not teach it;they taught US history. There was only briefly a French Canadian presence. Jean-Pierre Wallot came and went quickly, thanks to the atmosphere in the department.
I moved to Dalhousie in 1975 where Canadianists made up a larger proportion of the department, and generally were more valued.
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