Outline

Module 1

13 Jan - Week 1: Lesson 1 - Conceptual Considerations

Topics:

  • Concepts
  • Evaluating Articles and Books

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Required Reading:

Text book:
Jeffrey Keshen and Serge Durflinger, “Introduction: War and Military in Canadian History and Historiography,” in War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada
Course Reader:
Stephen Harris, “Introduction: Military Professionalism” in Canadian Brass: The Making of a Professional Army 1860-1939
Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, “The Principles of War”
Online:
Peter Stearns, “Why Study History” http://www.historians.org/pubs/free/WhyStudyHistory.htm

Suggested Reading:

E.C. Russell, selection from Customs and Traditions of the Canadian Armed Forces
John D. Keegan, “The Principles of War”

13 Jan - Week 1: Lesson 2 - Canada’s Military at Confederation

Topics:

  • The Road to Confederation
  • Canada's Military at Confederation
  • Evaluating Newspapers and News Journals

Required Reading:

Text book:
Desmond Morton, A Military History of Canada, 41-93
Course Reader:
George F. Stanley, “The Beginning of the Volunteer System in Canada, 1840-1867”

Suggested Reading:

Course Reader:
R. Douglas Francis and Donald B. Smith, “The Road to Confederation”

20 Jan - Week 2: Lesson 3 - Citizen Soldiers in a New Nation, 1867-85

Topics:

  • The Young Nation
  • Military Developments
  • Evaluating Archival Sources
  • Discussion: The Militia Myth

Select final assignment topic

Required Reading:

Text book:
Desmond Morton, A Military History of Canada, 85-107
Keshen and Durflinger, “The Northwest Campaign,” in War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada, read the following selections:
  • Introduction to Module
  • House of Commons Debates, “Laurier on the Riel Question”
  • Toronto Globe, “Attacking the Government”
  • Montreal Gazette, “Defending the Government”
  • Gabriel Dumont, “The Metis Military Leader Makes the Case for Rebellion”
  • Desmond Morton, “French Canadian Troops in the North-West Campaign of 1885”
  • J.L. Granatstein, “The Military Campaign”

Suggested Reading:

Course Reader:
R. Douglas Francis and Donald B. Smith, “The Road to Confederation”

Module 2

27 Jan - Week 3: Lesson 4 - The South African War and its Impact on Canada, 1883-1914

Topics:

  • Imperialism, Continentalism and Nationalism
  • Imperialism, Nationalism and Canada’s Military, 1883-1914
  • Evaluating Internet Sources

Required Reading:

Textbook
Desmond Morton, A Military History of Canada, 107-29.
Course Reader
Desmond Morton, “Canada’s First Expeditionary Force: The Canadian Contingent in South Africa, 1899-1900”
Barry Gough and Roger Sarty, “Sailors and Soldiers: The Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Forces, and the Defence of Atlantic Canada, 1890-1914”

Suggested Reading:

Text book:
Francis, Jones and Smith, Destinies, chapter 5.
Mike O’Brien, “Manhood and the Militia Myth: Masculinity, Class and Militarism in Ontario, 1902-1914,” in War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada

Article Abstract due: Friday 29 Jan

3 Feb - Week 4: Lesson 5 - The Great War Overseas - Army

Topics:

  • Canadianization of the Corps
  • The Hundred Days
  • Evaluating Biographies and Oral History

Required Reading:

Text book:
Desmond Morton, A Military History of Canada, 130-65.
Keshen and Durflinger, “Remembering Vimy,” in War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada, read the following selections:
  • Col. A. F. Duguid, “Canada on Vimy Ridge”
  • Reginald H. Roy, “Vimy Ridge: A View from the Ranks”
  • Will R. Bird, “Ghosts Have Warm Hands"
Course Reader:
Paul Dickson, “The End of the Beginning: The Canadian Corps in 1917”
Shane B. Schreiber, “Fine: Conclusions”

Suggested Reading:

Textbook
Francis, Jones and Smith, Destinies, chapter 10.

Concept Map due: Friday 5 February

Optional: Play Strategy 1914 online game: http://www.supremacy1914.com/index.php?id=66

10 Feb - Week 5: Lesson 6 - The Great War in the Air, at Sea and on the Home Front

Topics:

  • The Russian Excursion
  • Strategy and Tactics
  • Navy and Air Force in WWI
  • Recruitment
  • The Interventionist State in Total War
  • Women, Social Reformers and War
  • Evaluating Movies/Documentaries
  • Discussion: The War Measures Act and Censorship

Required Reading:

Course Reader
S.F. Wise, “The Aerial War, 1917”
Roger Sarty, “Hard Luck Flotilla: The RCN’s Atlantic Coast Patrol, 1914-1918”
Text book
Keshen and Durflinger, “Managing the Truth,” in War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada, read the following selections:
  • Canada Gazette, “Censorship Legislation”
  • Chief Press Censor Records, “Implementing Censorship Legislation”
  • William Boyd, “With a Field Ambulance at Ypres”
  • Ian Hugh Maclean Miller, “ Our Glory and Our Grief….”
  • Jeff Keshen, “Words as Weapons….”

Suggested Reading:

Francis, Jones and Smith, Destinies, pp. 255-7.

Optional: Play Strategy 19194 online game: http://www.supremacy1914.com/index.php?id=66

Module 3

17 Feb - Week 6: Lesson 7 - The Interwar Years and the Outbreak of the Second World War

Topics:

  • The Interwar Period: Political, Economic, and Social Context
  • Military Developments in the Interwar Period
  • Canada and the Outbreak of the Second World War
  • Evaluating War Games

Required Reading:

Text book:
Desmond Morton, A Military History of Canada, 165-224.
Course Reader:
Stephen Harris, “Training and Education, 1919-1939”

Suggested Reading:

Text book:
Francis, Jones and Smith, Destinies, chapters 11 (especially “From Colony to Nation” pages 265-267) and 12 (skim).
Course Reader:
James Eayrs, “‘A Low Dishonest Decade’: Aspects of Canadian External Policy, 1931-1939”

Evaluating Internet Sources due: Friday 19 February


24 Feb - Week 7: Lesson 8 - Canadian Army Operations in the Second World War (less Italy)

Topics:

  • Military Failures
  • North West Europe
  • Pacific
  • Leadership
  • Evaluating Photo Essays and Fiction

Required Reading:

Text book:
Desmond Morton, A Military History of Canada, 193-224.
Keshen and Durflinger, “Becoming Seasoned Soldiers,” in War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada, read the following selections:
  • Martin, “Battle Diary”
  • Blackburn, “The Guns of Normandy”
  • Copp and McAndrew, “Battle Exhaustion….”

Suggested Reading:

Text book:
Francis, Jones and Smith, Destinies, chapter 13.
Optional Reading A.E. Powley, “Broadcast From the Front,” in War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada
Peloquin, “A Conspiracy of Silence…” in War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada
Villa, Brian Loring. “The Bare Facts of a Historical Tragedy,” (located at the end of the Course Reader in the Topic A section of the Assignment 3.1 Articles)
Henshaw, Peter. “The Dieppe Raid: A Product of Misplaced Nationalism?” (located at the end of the Course Reader in the Topic A section of the Assignment 3.1 Articles)

Report Outline and Annotated Bibliography due: Friday 26 February

Optional: Call of Duty 3 or any other Second World War first person shooter game


3 March - No Class March Break


10 March - Week 8: Lesson 8 - The RCAF and RCN in the Second World War

Topics:

  • Battle of the Atlantic
  • No 6 Bomber Group
Required Reading:
Text book:
Keshen and Durflinger, “The Air War: Canadian Participation in Bomber Command” in War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada, read the following selections:
  • Greenhous et al, “The Crucible of War…”
  • Peden, “A Bomber Pilot’s War”
Course Readers:
  • Marc Milner, “The Implications of Technological Backwardness: The Canadian Navy 1939-45”

17 March - Week 9: Lesson 9 - The Second World War in Italy and on the Home Front in Canada

Topics:

  • Sicily and Italy
  • Recruitment, Mobilization and Conscription
  • Wartime Economy
  • Regional Impacts
  • Treatment of Minorities
  • Women and Labour
  • Canada and the World in 1945
  • Demobilization
  • Discussion: Was there ever a failure in high command in Normandy?

Required Reading:

Text book:
Keshen and Durflinger, “A Nation Transformed” in War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada, read the following selections:
  • Dexter, “Canada and the Building of Peace”
  • Forbes, “Consolidating Disparity”
  • Greenhous and Hillmer, “The Impact of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan on Western Canada”

Optional Readings

W. Peter Ward, “British Columbia and the Japanese Evacuation” (located at the end of the Course Reader in the Topic C section of the Assignment 3.1 Articles)
J.L. Granatstein and Gregory A. Johnson, “The Evacuation of the Japanese Canadians, 1942: A Realist Critique of the Received Version” (located at the end of the Course Reader in the Topic C section of the Assignment 3.1 Articles)
Pierson, Ruth Roach. Canadian Women and the Second World War. Ottawa: Canadian Historical Association 1983, Historical Booklet No. 37, 3-29. (Online at: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/cha-shc/index-e.html)
Jeffrey Keshen, "Revisiting Canada's Civilian Women During World War II," (located at the end of the Course Reader in the Topic E section of the Assignment 3.1 Articles)

Comparative Essay due: Friday 19 March

Optional: Call of Duty 3 or any other Second World War first person shooter game


Module 4

24 March - Week 10: Lesson 10 - The Cold War and Reconstruction, 1945-1965

Topics:

  • The Golden Age in Canada
  • Canada's Military in the Cold War
  • Canada and the Korean War
  • The American Influence on the Canadian Military

Required Reading:

Text book
Desmond Morton, A Military History of Canada, 225-254.
Keshen and Durflinger, “Veterans of the World Wars” in War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada, read the following selections:
  • Tremblay, “Going Back to Main Street”
Keshen and Durflinger, “Canada and the Cold War” in War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada, read the following selections:
  • Pearson, “On Signing the North Atlantic Treaty”
  • Richter, “Avoiding Armageddon”
  • Granatstein, “The American Influence on the Canadian Military, 1939-1963”

Suggested Reading:

Course Reader
David Bercuson, selection from Blood on the Hills: The Canadian Army in the Korean War.

31 March - Week 11: Lesson 11 - A Peacekeeping Nation, 1947-1989

Topics:

  • The birth of peacekeeping, 1947-54
  • The Golden age of peacekeeping: UNEF 1
  • Outside the UN: Indochina, Nigeria, MFO
  • The Congo: Anomaly or Precedent
  • Cyprus: The Never-Ending Song: 99 bottles of Beer on the Wall
  • Peacekeeping and Canadian Defence Policy

Required Reading:

Course Reader
J. L. Granatstein and D. Bercuson, “Peacekeeping: The Mid-East and Indo-China,”
Sean Maloney, “‘Mad Jimmy’ Dextraze: The Tightrope of UN Command in the Congo.”
Sean Maloney, “‘Global Mobile’: Flexible Response, Peacekeeping and the Origins of Forces Mobile Command, 1958-1964.”

Suggested Reading:

Major David Last, “Almost a Legacy: Canada’s Contribution to Peacekeeping,”

7 April - Week 12: Lesson 12 - Modernizing Canada’s Military, 1965-1989

Topics:

  • Modernizing the Military
  • The Role of the Modern Military in Domestic Disputes

Required Reading:

Textbook
Desmond Morton, A Military History of Canada, 247-269; 273-277.Keshen and Durflinger, “Aid to the Civil Power: The October Crisis and Oka” in War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada, read the following selections:
  • Bain, “The Making of a Crisis”
  • Privy Council Records, “Canada’s Cabinet Considers Its Options”
  • Sean Maloney, “A ‘Mere Rustle of Leaves’”
  • Maclean’s, “A Case for Military Intervention”
  • Goodleaf, Entering the War Zone”
  • Beauregard, “The Military Intervention in Oka”

Suggested Reading:

Francis, Jones and Smith, Destinies, chapters 15, 17, 18 and 19 (skim all chapters).

Concept Map due: Thursday 8 April


14 April - Week 13: Lesson 13 - Canada’s Defence Policy After the Collapse of the Soviet Union

Topics:

  • Aftermath of the Cold War
  • Gulf War 1
  • Kosovo Air Campaign
  • A new Kind of War in the 21st Century
  • Afghanistan
  • Discussion: What Kind of Armed Forces do we want?

Required Reading:

Textbook
Desmond Morton, A Military History of Canada, 270-318.
Keshen and Durflinger, “Peacemaking and Stability Operations: Somalia and the Balkans” in War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada, read the
following selections:
  • Bercuson, “Significant Incident”
  • Windsor, “Professionalism Under Fire”

Suggested Reading:

Text book
Francis, Jones and Smith, Destinies, Chapter 20 (skim)
Course Reader
  • Commodore Duncan (Dusty) Miller and Sharon Hobson, selection from The
  • Persian Excursion. The Canadian Navy in the Gulf War.
  • Joel J. Sokolsky, “Glued to its Seat: Canada and Its Alliances in the Post Cold War Era.”

Optional Reading

Keshen and Durflinger, War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada
  • Davis, “A Soldier’s Story”

Research Report (HIE208 Assignment 4.1) due: Friday 16 April