War and Society

Watch Now: The Domestication of Human Trafficking with Katrin Roots

Human trafficking is an issue that has garnered significant attention in Canada and globally, following the enactment of the United Nations’ Trafficking Protocol in 2002. Expansive laws, policies and mandates against trafficking were put into place following Canada’s...

Meet the New Managing Editor of ‘Canadian Military History’

We would first like to thank Brittany Dunn for her terrific work as Managing Editor of Canadian Military History. Brittany worked through the pandemic with her usual efficiency and professionalism, and is stepping back to devote more time to her doctoral studies....

Watch Now: The Irish Canadian Rangers with Terry Copp

The Irish Canadian Rangers began as a Militia Regiment in 1915 after Catholic and Protestant Irish agreed to cooperate. After the battle of Second Ypres, the regiment contributed a full company to the 60th Battalion and began a campaign to persuade Sam Hughes to...

New Articles are Available from Canadian Military History

Vol. 31, No. 2 Summer / Autumn 2022"A Very Fine Plan in the Memory of Our Boys" Commemorating the Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute Second World War Dead DAVID ROSS ALEXANDER Abstract: The memorial plaques dedicated to the First and Second World War dead...

Irene Gammel Wins 2020-21 C.P. Stacey Award

Scholar Irene Gammel named winner of the 2020-2021 C.P. Stacey Award for I Can Only Paint: The Story of Battlefield Artist Mary Riter Hamilton.

Watch Now: To Help Win the Fight with Stacey Barker

The Second World War brought many crucial changes to the lives of Canadian women, including the opportunity for wider military service. Recruits who joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, the Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division, and the Women’s Royal Canadian...

Watch Now: Dieppe 80 Years After with Marie Eve Vaillancourt

The Dieppe Raid is shrouded in controversy and tragedy. For decades, it dominated Canadians’ collective memory of the war. Considered a tragic failure since 1942, its story is as complex as it is nuanced. The presentation will explore the challenges of putting...

Watch Now: Fighting a White Man’s War with Scott Sheffield

The Second World War became a total war for Canada, drawing in virtually every person in virtually every region of the country in diverse ways, including Canada’s First Nations population. As wards of the state, this was not Status Indians’ war to fight, and yet more...

Watch Now: Per Ardua Ad Astra with Mike Bechthold

In a few short years, the Royal Canadian Air Force expanded from a small domestic force of 8 squadrons and 4,000 personnel to a globe-spanning air force with 80 operational squadrons and 250,000 personnel (including 17,000 women). The RCAF defended London, led the...

Watch Now: Ne-kah-ne-tah with Anna Pearson, Stephen Connor and Robert Catsburg

Over five days in November 1944, the Algonquin Regiment played a pivotal role in the capture of the tiny Dutch town of Welberg. In 2018, twenty Canadian university students returned to the site as part of an experiential learning course focused on the Regiment’s...

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War is a near-constant aspect of the human experience. For better or worse, it has fundamentally shaped societies across the world.

The War and Society collective exists to foster research, education, public outreach and discussion of historical and contemporary conflict. It acknowledges the importance of conflict as well as its diverse and far-reaching impacts which extend beyond the battlefield.

The War and Society collective encompasses a vast array of topics. The Centre’s researchers study the conduct of specific campaigns and wars, analysing how conflicts were fought, why specific decisions were made and how certain outcomes occurred. They also explore the social and cultural aspects of war, including the medicalisation of conditions like “shell shock” or “PTSD,” and wartime experiences on the battlefield and at home. Still, others explore the short- and long-term effects of war on individuals and social change, peacekeeping and peacebuilding initiatives by local and foreign governments and collective modes of remembrance and commemoration of past conflicts.

Ultimately, the War and Society collective examines the totality of war and endeavours to understand how it has shaped the past and present.