Publications

Books

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July 1st 1867 is celebrated as Canada’s Confederation – the date that Canada became a country. But 1867 was only the beginning. As the country grew from a small dominion to a vast federation encompassing ten provinces, three territories, and hundreds of First Nations, its leaders repeatedly debated Canada’s purpose, and the benefits and drawbacks of the choice to be Canadian.

Reconsidering Confederation brings together Canada’s leading historians to explore how the provinces, territories, and Treaty areas became the political frameworks we know today. In partnership with The Confederation Debates, an ongoing crowdsourced, non-partisan, and non-profit initiative to digitize all of Canada’s founding colonial and federal records, this book breaks new ground by integrating the treaties between Indigenous peoples and the Crown into our understanding of Confederation.

Rigorously researched and eminently readable, this book traces the unique paths that each province and territory took on their journey to Confederation. It shows the roots of regional and cultural grievances, as vital and controversial in early debates as they are today. Reconsidering Confederation tells the sometimes rocky, complex, and ongoing story of how Canada has become Canada.

Reconsidering Confederation is part of The Confederation Debates. Discover what arguments were made about confederation by leaders in your area, find free mini-units and lesson plans for teaching confederation to Grades 7/8 and high school classes, see daily confederation quotes, and more.

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Science during the Cold War has become a matter of lively interest within the historical research community, attracting the attention of scholars concerned with the history of science, the Cold War, and environmental history. The Arctic—recognized as a frontier of confrontation between the superpowers, and consequently central to the Cold War—has also attracted much attention. This edited collection speaks to this dual interest by providing innovative and authoritative analyses of the history of Arctic science during the Cold War.

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Dr. Andrew Taylor composed Two Years Below the Horn shortly after returning to Canada in 1946. The manuscript describes his role in, and eventual command of, a British sovereignty mission to the Antarctic – Operation Tabarin. The manuscript, however, was never published. In addition to editing Taylor’s text, Prof. P. Whitney Lackenbauer and I are also co-authoring an elaborate introduction and afterword. When complete, the book will document the triumph and trails of the first Canadian to command an Antarctic expedition, add to what historians currently know about this landmark expedition, and contribute to historical knowledge regarding polar exploration, science, technology, and literature.

Our research on Andrew Taylor also has a public history component. In collaboration with the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections and one of its graduate students, we have identified and digitized important photographs and documents from Andrew Taylor’s collection and we are currently in process of entering their metadata. These high-resolution scans will ensure permanent preservation. Lower-resolution images are available on the University’s website.

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The Advisory Committee on Northern Development: Context and Meeting Minutes, 1948-66. Documents on Canadian Arctic Sovereignty and Security, (Calgary: Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, 2015).

Articles and Book Chapters

With P. Whitney Lackenbauer. “Sovereignty For Hire: Civilian Airlift Contractors and the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line, 1954-1961.” In De-Icing Required! The Historical Dimension of the Canadian Air Force’s Experience in the Arctic, edited by P. Whitney Lackenbauer and W.A. March, 95-112. Sic Itur Ad Astra: Canadian Aerospace Power Studies No 4. Trenton: Canadian Forces Air Warfare Centre, 2012.

Clenched in the JAWS of America? Canadian Sovereignty and the Joint Arctic Weather Stations, 1946-1972.” In Canadian Arctic Sovereignty and Security: Historical Perspectives, edited by P. Whitney Lackenbauer, 145-169. Centre for Military and Strategic Studies Calgary Papers, No. 4. Calgary: Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, 2011.

Howard Green and Japanese Canadians.” BC Studies Vol 164 (2008): 31-50.

Unpublished Graduate Research

Papers and Presentations

“Science, Sovereignty and Security in the North American Arctic.” Understanding Arctic Sovereignty and Security: A Generative Workshop. St. Jerome’s University, 8 June 2015.

“‘Mr. A. Taylor, a member of Operation Tabarin:’ The Antarctic, Arctic, and Imperial Experiences of a Manitoban.” Canadian Historical Association. University of Ottawa, 1 June 2015.

With Prof. P.W. Lackenbauer. “ Andrew Taylor, Operation Tabarin, and the Struggle for Recognition.” Wilfrid Laurier University, Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies History Colloquium, 9 May 2014.

“IS LIFE NOT SO DEAR?: Science, Modernity, Security, and Imagining the Isolation of the Joint Arctic Weather Stations (JAWS).” Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, 6 November 2014.

“‘Fortunately for Canada Ontario is on Guard.’ Preponderant Federalisms in Ontario during the Manitoba Schools Debate, 1890-1896.” Mobilisations politiques et prises de parole citoyenne au Québec et au Canada. Université du Québec à Montréal. 2 October 2014.

Presented by Daniel Heidt and co-authored with Prof. P.W. Lackenbauer. “‘Too Far North for Eskimos:’ Testing the Limits of Postcolonial Analysis in the Canadian Arctic.” The Postcolonial Arctic Conference. Leeds University, UK, 31 May 2014.

“‘There were only eight of us:’ Canadian Sovereignty at the Joint Arctic Weather Stations, 1947-1972.” Canadian Historical Association. Waterloo, Ontario, 30 May 2012.

“‘First Among Equals’: Ontario Federalism, 1864-1872.” Canadian Historical Association. Waterloo, Ontario, 28 May 2012.

“Life at the Joint Arctic Weather Stations.” Tri-U Graduate History Conference. Wilfrid Laurier University, 3 March 2012.

“‘I Think That Would Be the End of Canada’: Howard Green, Disarmament, and Interest-Based Foreign Policy.” Tri-University History Conference: Cold War Encounters. University of Waterloo, 16 October 2010.

“‘I Think That Would Be the End of Canada’: Howard Green, Disarmament, and Interest-Based Foreign Policy.” Tri-University History Conference: Cold War Encounters. University of Waterloo, 16 October 2010.

Participant in Panel Discussion moderated by Major William March concerning roles for the Canadian Air Force in the arctic at Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (Montreal), Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre, 16th Annual Air Force Historical Workshop – De-Icing Required! The Historical Dimension of the Canadian Air Force’s Experience in the Arctic, 1-2 June 2010.

With Prof. P.W. Lackenbauer. “Sovereignty for Hire: Civilian Contractors and the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line.” Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (Montreal), Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre, 16th Annual Air Force Historical Workshop – De-Icing Required! The Historical Dimension of the Canadian Air Force’s Experience in the Arctic, 1-2 June 2010.

“Clenched in the JAWS of America? Canada, the United States, Sovereignty, and the Joint Arctic Weather Stations, 1947-55.” Western University. Bruce McCaffrey Memorial Graduate Seminar Series, 26 November 2009.

“The Renamed Building: Howard Green and Japanese Canadians.” BC Studies Conference. University of Victoria, 1 May 2009.

“The Making of a Peacemonger? Howard Charles Green in the First World War.” University of Waterloo. Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies History Colloquium, 2 May 2008.

“Appearances Can Be Deceiving: Canadian Sovereignty and the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line.” Strategic Studies Student Conference. University of Calgary, 7 March 2008.

With Prof. P.W. Lackenbauer. “Damned if they DEW, damned if they don’t? The Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line, Canadian-American Cold War Relations, and the Sovereignty Question.” Tri-University History Conference, 10 November 2007.