Jonathan F. Vance has won the 2018 C.P. Stacey Award

by | Oct 18, 2019 | C.P. Stacey Award / Prix C.P. Stacey, War and Society

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2018 Winner:

Jonathan F. Vance

A Township at War

The C.P. Stacey Award Committee and the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) have awarded Distinguished University Professor Jonathan F. Vance of Western University the 2018 C.P. Stacey Award for scholarly work in Canadian military history.

A Township at War (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) explores the Canadian experience of war both at home and overseas through the story of East Flamborough Township in southern Ontario. Drawing on a diverse array of local and family sources, Vance weaves the history of the home front into the story of Canada’s war in France and Flanders, bridging the gap between social and military history and bringing a turbulent time period to life.

In conferring the award, the committee noted: “Professor Vance, who is one of Canada’s most distinguished historians, has written a transformative history, synthesizing existing scholarship with extensive new research. At the same time, A Township at War is a forceful work, engagingly written while making a major contribution to our understanding of how the First World War was a transformative event for Canadians at the local level. It is a story that only could have been told by a master of the field such as Jonathan Vance.”

Vance is J.B. Smallman Chair in Western’s Department of History and the author of several other books. He previously won the C.P. Stacey Award for his 1997 book, Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning and the First World War.

“Vance draws from rich narrative sources to reveal what rural people were like a century ago – how they saw the world, what they valued and how they lived their lives,” according to Wilfrid Laurier University Press. “We see them coming to terms with global events that took their loved ones to distant battlefields and dealing with the prosaic challenges of everyday life… This is a story of resilience and idealism, of violence and small-mindedness, of a world that has long disappeared and one that remains with us to this day.”

The award committee also announced two runners up for the 2018 C.P. Stacey Award: Richard Goette’s Sovereignty and Command in Canada-US Continental Air Defence, 1940-57 (UBC Press) and Douglas E. Delaney’s The Imperial Army Project: Britain and the Land Forces of the Dominions and India, 1902-1945 (Oxford University Press).

Headshot of Jonathan F Vance.

About the C.P. Stacey Award

The C.P. Stacey Award is named in honour of Charles Perry Stacey, historical officer to the Canadian Army during the Second World War and later a long-time professor of history at the University of Toronto.

The C.P. Stacey Award is presented annually to the best book in the field of Canadian military history, broadly defined, including the study of war and society. The award winner receives a prize of $1,000, made possible through the generous support of Brad and Sara DunkleyJohn and Pattie Cleghorn and the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University. The LCMSDS took over administration of the award in 2018 from the Canadian Committee for the History of the Second World War.

The 2018 Award committee consisted of Mark Humphries (Wilfrid Laurier University), Isabell Campbell (Directorate of History and Heritage), and Serge Durflinger (University of Ottawa).

Past Winners

2017   |   Geoffrey Hayes, Crerar’s Lieutenants: Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939-45 (UBC Press)

2016   |   Brock Millman, Polarity, Patriotism and Dissent in Great War Canada, 1914-1919 (University of Toronto Press)

2015   |   Norman Hillmer, O.D. Skelton: A Portrait of Canadian Ambition (University of Toronto Press)

2014   |   Tim Cook, The Necessary War, Volume 1: Canadians Fighting The Second World War: 1939-1943 (Allen Lane)

2014   |   Richard M. Reid, African Canadians in Union Blue: Volunteering for the Cause in the Civil War (UBC Press)

2013   |   Teresa Iacobelli, Death or Deliverance: Canadian Courts Martial in the Great War (UBC Press)

2012   |   Andrew Burtch, Give Me Shelter: The Failure of Canada’s Cold War Civil Defence (UBC Press)

2011   |   Dean Frederick Oliver and Jack Granatstein, The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History (Oxford University Press)

2009   |   Kevin Spooner, Canada, The Congo Crisis and U.N. Peacekeeping 1960-64 (UBC Press)

2008   |   Paul Douglas Dickson: A Thoroughly Canadian General: A Biography of General H.D.G. Crerar (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

2008   |   Stephen Brumwell, Paths of Glory: The Life and Death of General James Wolfe (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

2006   |   Douglas Delaney, Bert Hoffmeister: The Soldier’s General (UBC Press)

2004   |   Béatrice Richard, La mémoire de Dieppe: Radioscopie d’un mythe (VLB éditeur)

2004   |   Marc Milner, Battle of the Atlantic (Vanwell Publishing Ltd.)

2002   |   Brian Tennyson and Roger Sarty, Guardian of the Gulf: Sydney, Cape Breton and the Atlantic Wars (University of Toronto Press)

2000   |   Tim Cook, No Place to Run: The Canadian Corps and Gas Warfare in the First World War (UBC Press)

1998   |   Jonathan Vance, Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning and the First World War (UBC Press)

1996   |   George Blackburn, The Guns of Victory (McClelland & Stewart)

1994   |   Desmond Morton, When Your Number’s Up: The Canadian Soldier in the First World War (Vintage Canada)

1992   |   Bill McAndrew and Terry Copp, Battle Exhaustion: Soldiers and Psychiatrists in the Canadian Army, 1939-1945 (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

1990   |   Robert Vogel and Terry Copp, Maple Leaf Route

1988   |   Norman Hillmer and W. A. B. Douglas, The Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Volume II: The Creation of a National Air Force (University of Toronto Press)