Clio's Warriors

Clio's Warriors : Canadian Historians and the Writing of the World Wars

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Clio's Warriors examines the role of academic military history in the writing of the world wars in Canada. To elucidate the role of historians in codifying the sacrifice and struggle of a generation, Tim Cook discusses historical memory and writing, the creation of archives, and the war of reputations that followed each of the world wars.For much of the twentieth century, official historians of the Department of National Defence controlled the tenor and focus of war writing. Training, administration, and operational war fighting remained the dominant topics. Only recently have academic military historians pushed the discipline to explore the impact of the wars on Canadian society, and even so, the publications of the official historians continue to provide the central narrative of Canada's world wars.The opening of the archives has allowed new generations of historians to address long-standing controversies. Clio's Warriors examines where the profession has come from and where it needs to go from here,
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 165 x 229 x 21.84mm | 540g
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • English
  • 22 b&w photographs
  • 0774812575
  • 9780774812573
  • 2,412,958

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Clio's Warriors examines how the Canadian world war experience has been constructed and reconstructed over time.
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Table of contents

Introduction: Writing the World Wars

1 Documenting War and Forging Reputations, 1914-18

2 The War of Reputations, 1918-39

3 Clio in the Service of Mars, 1939-45

4 History Wars and War History, 1945-48

5 Official History, Contested Memory, 1948-60

6 Forging the Canon of Canadian World War History, 1960-2000

Conclusion: An Ongoing Dialogue


Select Bibliography of Official and Semi-official Canadian Histories

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One particular slice of Canadian historiography, however, has never adequately been examined: our official military historians...This is a strange oversight...Cook's Clio's Warriors: Canadian Historians and the Writing of the World Wars attempts to fill that gap and does so admirably - in fact, does so much more than admirably. Even if we accept that no history can be definitive, a meritorious few are destined for long and productive lives and Clio's Warriors stands high amongst that rank. -- Roger Hall * Literary Review of Canada, vol. 14, no. 9 * One of the greatest elements for capturing the public's attention about any given war is the historians themselves who write it... [Tim Cook] takes a unique look at this issue, which makes for a fascinating read for those looking to know the motivations behind Canada's historians. -- A.C. * Esprit De Corps, Vol. 13, Iss. 5 *
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About Tim Cook

Tim Cook is the curator of the Canadian War Museum. He is the author of No Place to Run: The Canadian Corps and Gas Warfare in the First World War (1999-2000), which won the C.P. Stacey award for best book in Canadian military history, and Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting in the Great War 1917-18 (2009), winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction.
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