The Canadian historiographic corpus has developed separately in English Canada and French Canada, but similarities exist. History, once the amateur's preserve, has come to be written principally by professional scholars, both anglophone and francophone. The establishment of such national agencies as the NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF CANADA (NAC) and such bodies as the ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA was of benefit to both. Approaches to the recording of history still differ, as do preoccupations in the choice of subject matter; but conferences and journals now provide forums for the sharing of historiographic materials, knowledge and methodology.
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Historical Association
The website for the Canadian Historical Association, a bilingual organization that serves professional historians and others with an interest in history. Check out the latest news and online articles.
The Lumpenproletariat in “The Goldendog” and “Roger Sudden”
A critical look at Canadian historical fiction from “Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne.”
Literature and Canadian History: A Marriage Made in Heaven?
A thought-provoking article about the educational value of historical fiction. From the “Canadian Social Studies” journal.
Historicity In Historical Fiction: Burning Water and the Temptations of Big Bear
This article offers a critical assessment of the “narrativization” of history. From “Studies in Canadian Literature.”
Memoirs Of A Less Travelled Road: A Historian's Life
A review of "Memoirs Of A Less Travelled Road: A Historian's Life," an autobiography by the eminent Canadian historian Marcel Trudel. From the "Montreal Review of Books."
Creating Historical Memory :English-Canadian Women and the Work of History
This engaging collection of essays seeks to create an awareness of the contributions made by women to history and the historical profession from 1870 to 1970 in English Canada. From ubcpress.ca.
Creating Historical Memory: English-Canadian Women and the Work of History
A critical review of a book about the unique perspectives of women who wrote about Canadian history. From the H-Net website.
J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal
The Royal Society of Canada awards the J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal in recognition of outstanding work in the history of Canada. Their website features brief profiles of previous medal winners. J.B. Tyrrell was a renowned geologist, geographer, explorer, engineer, and amateur historian.
The website for the Cundill International Prize and Lecture in History at McGill University (Cundill Prize.) This prize is offered each year by McGill University to an individual who has published a book determined to have had (or likely to have) a profound literary, social and academic impact in the area of history.
Today in Canadian History
Scroll down the page and click on the links to hear interviews about fascinating personalities and events in Canadian history. From the website for Calgary radio station CJSW 90.9 FM. Also available at iTunes.
Besides hockey and the maple leaf, there is little as symbolically Canadian as the CBC – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It grew out of a developing nation's need to express its identity and find its voice.