Thursday, November 26, 2015
History of military history
Posted by Christopher Moore
Who gets republished after fifty-three years?
Well, the late G.W.L (Gerald) Nicholson, for one. McGill-Queen's is reprinting his 1962 work Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919: The Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War. Nicholson (1902-80), a high school teacher turned WW2 soldier, became a Canadian Army official historian in 1943, and eventually the only one to whom Charles Stacey entrusted authorship of a volume in the Second War official history.
Then, since the First World War official history (planned in 8 volumes) had foundered, Nicholson sat down and whipped off his own one-volume version. That's the one being republished. How will a survey from over fifty years ago stand up against the rivers of dissertations and monographs that have come along since?
The Embattled General: Sir Richard Turner and the First World War, a biography by William F. Stewart.