War and Society

Watch Now: Morale in the Wartime Canadian Army

Morale is important in any conflict. Canadian army officials during the Second World War spent much energy defining and measuring morale. Their tools ranged from public relations campaigns, censorship reports, films, and questionnaires. This talk will focus on the...

Apply now for 2024 Battlefield Study Tours!

The Canadian Battlefields Foundation Battlefield Study Tour 8-23 June, 2024   Are you an outstanding graduate student, undergraduate, or very recent graduate from a Canadian university who wants to understand the role Canadians played in the liberation of Europe...

Call for Papers: 34th Canadian Military History Colloquium

34th CANADIAN MILITARY HISTORY COLLOQUIUM 3-4 MAY 2024The Survivor by Flight Lieutenant Eric Aldwinckle [Canadian War Museum Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, 19710261-1284]34th CANADIAN MILITARY HISTORY COLLOQUIUM 3-4 MAY 2024the royal canadian air force at 100call...

Watch Now: How the Great War Haunted the British Empire

In the aftermath of the Great War, people from across the British Isles and Dominion nations read prophecies about the coming new millennium, experimented with seances, and claimed to see the ghosts of their loved ones in dreams and in photographs. On the...

New Articles are available from ‘Canadian Military History’

Vol. 32, No. 2 Summer / Autumn 2023ARTICLE An Enemy No Longer The Canadian Military Presence in Japan during the Korean War, 1950-1955 MICHAEL B. PASS Abstract: In general, most Canadian historians have not paid much attention to their country’s relationship with...

David A. Wilson named winner of the 2022 C.P. Stacey Award

[Cliquez ici pour le français]2022 Winner: David A. Wilson Canadian Spy StoryThe C.P. Stacey Award Committee and the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada (LCSC) have awarded historian David A. Wilson of the University of Toronto the 2022 C.P. Stacey Award for...

David A. Wilson a été nommé gagnant du prix 2022 C.P. Stacey

[click here for English]Gagnant 2022: David A. Wilson Canadian Spy StoryLe Prix C.P Stacey comité au Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada (LCSC)  a récompensé l’historien David A. Wilson de l’Université de Toronto du Prix C.P Stacey dans l'année 2022 pour son...

The Ties that Bind: Colonial Families, British North America, and the Imperial World

A map of the province of Upper Canada describing all the settlements and townships &c. with the countries adjacent from Quebec to Lake Huron ca. 1872. Digital Archive Ontario [SOURCE] In this article, Cecilia Morgan examines concepts of transnationalism, class...

Canada in Italy by Terry Copp

Eighty Years Ago the Allied Armies invaded Italy, the so-called “soft underbelly” of Fortress Europe. What followed was twenty months of hard fighting. Canada’s Citizen Army participated in this fighting – and would go on to play a vital role in the liberation of...

Peacekeeping Beyond the UN: Transitions, Regional Organizations and Ad Hoc Alliances

Burundian troops, part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), arrive in Somalia to take part in the peacekeeping operation February 13, 2017. AMISOM Photo / Ilyas Ahmed [SOURCE] In this article, Alistair Edgar examines the diverse range of peacekeeping...

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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.

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