The New History Wars?: Avoiding the Fights of the Past

[audio:] Audio from Montreal History Group May Day Symposium, 26 April, 2013 [16:56] Download Link The new history wars are not battles over the meaning of Canadian history. They are battles over public financing of historical research and historical preservation. Historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, librarians, and archivists all have a […]

Seizing Canada’s Past: Politics and the Reinvention of Canadian History

The conversation has been ongoing among Canadian historians for the past few years, especially since the federal government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, altered the contents of the official citizenship guide for new Canadians to place greater emphasis on military history and the monarchy while ignoring or […]

Open Letter to Toronto City Council Re: Musuem Closures

The following is the text of an open letter to Toronto City Council from Canadian historians at Toronto’s universities regarding the proposal to close four city museums: As professors of Canadian History in Toronto‚Äôs three universities, we are deeply disturbed to learn that the city is contemplating closing four city […]

Active History in an Age of Austerity

Tom Peace recently published a post on Active History calling attention to the emergence of another round of the History Wars, but the more pressing forthcoming history war may be one between the historical community and the politics of austerity. Budget cuts at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels of […]