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Module 22

The Great War: Leaders, Followers and Record-Keepers

P.E. Bryden

‘History is written by the victors,’ or so they say. This module, which examines Canadians in the First World War, pays particular attention to the various types of leadership – both political and military – and to different ways that people have remembered the war, either through art, oral histories, or the work of the Canadian War Records Office. Just who was writing the history, and why, is left for students to consider.

Primary sources:

  1. Painting: A.Y. Jackson, House of Ypres
  2. Painting: Kenneth Keith Forbes, Canadian Artillery in Action
  3. Painting: Alfred Theodore Joseph Bastien, Canadian Gunners in the Mud, Passchendaele
  4. Painting: Richard Jack, The Battle of Vimy Ridge, 1917
  5. Painting: Gyrnth Russell, The Crest of Vimy Ridge
  6. Interviews: from The Great War and Canadian Society: An Oral History (1978)
  7. Text: Robert Laird Borden: His Memoirs (1938)

Secondary sources:

  1. Terry Copp. ‘The Military Effort, 1914-1918’ in Canada and the First World War: Essays in Honour of Robert Craig Brown David Mackenzie, (ed.) (2005)
  2. Tim Cook. ‘Documenting War and Forging Reputations: Sir Max Aitken and the Canadian War Records Office in the First World War’ War in History (2003)

Introduction

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