Friday, May 13, 2022

Public History of the Canadian Historical Association

Ira Basen writes in the Globe and Mail today about controversy in the Canadian Historical Association and the academic historical community about genocide, reconciliation, and history.

"Since the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report in 2015, the CHA has worked to confront the generations of Canadian historians who have written the nation’s history as a triumphant narrative from colony to nation, while largely ignoring the impact that same history had on Indigenous peoples.

But that effort has split the community of professional historians in Canada, pitting the CHA against some of the country’s most distinguished practitioners."

Meanwhile, Twitter today is lively with political, diplomatic and military historian members of the CHA denying Basen's report of their non-existence:

Since the 1990s, the organization has been dominated by social historians; people studying issues of race, class and gender, whose politics generally lean toward the progressive side of the political spectrum. Political, diplomatic and military historians, who once dominated the CHA, have all but disappeared from its ranks.


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