Wednesday, September 19, 2018

This month at Canada's History

War is over at Canada's History The October-November issue weighs the context and consequences of the First World War 1914-18 to mark the centenary of its ending on 11 November 1918.

Tim Cook considers the war's legacies.  Ian Coutts looks at the life and death of the ill-fated George Price, the last Canadian soldier killed. Marianne Helm reports on a project that takes all those black-and-white images of the war and colourizes them  (see separate post). Kristine Alexander and Ashley Henrickson consider the children of that war. And John Lorinc reintroduces us to war's deadly aftermath, the great flu epidemic of 1918-19.  Plus an array of sidebars by magazine staff:  tactics, shell-shock, propaganda, heroism, entertainment.

Genealogist Paul Jones suggests accessible sources for personal histories of the war.  My own column reflects on the commemoration of the war in Canada the last four years and wonders if we are now beginning to let that war slide into history -- still there, but finally not so visceral.  And the review section draws attention to a shelf of books I'd mostly missed -- including Inuit in court, a Greg Curnoe biography,  BC highway culture, the history of apples, war artist Mary Riter Hamilton, and the Welland Canal.  Subscribe -- you need this.
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