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Canadian Historical Review, Vol 93, No 3 / Sept 2012

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Canadian Historical Review

Volume 93, Number 3 / September 2012

This issue contains:

Fashioning a Constitutional Narrative: John S. Ewart and the Development of a 'Canadian Constitution'

Peter Price

John Skirving Ewart (1849-1933) was one of the most controversial public figures in early-twentieth-century Canada. With a background as an experienced lawyer, Ewart wrote extensively on Canadian law and national independence. This paper examines Ewart's private and public writings, focusing on the way in which he crafted a new and unique narrative of the Canadian constitution that positioned Canada as historically and politically distinct from the British Empire. At a time when a robust sense of imperialism energized much of English Canada, Ewart's ideas were controversial and contested. Assessing Ewart's constitutional narrative provides a way of understanding the early development of independent Canadian nationalism and the constitutional changes that emerged in the mid-twentieth century.
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DOI: 10.3138/chr.1247

'The rich . should give to such an extent that it will hurt': 'Conscription of Wealth' and Political Modernism in the Parliamentary Debate on the 1917 Income War Tax

David Tough

The parliamentary debates on the Income War Tax in the summer of 1917 were marked by fierce criticisms from Liberal members who argued that the tax measure fell short of the ideal of 'conscription of wealth' that had been in wide circulation in the months leading up to the debate. Scholars have repeatedly pointed out that 'conscription of wealth' rhetoric, which attempted to link the unfair sacrifices of the war effort to the need for income taxation, and revealed a rapidly polarizing political climate at the end of the war, was the key inspiration for the introduction of the Income War Tax. However, the use of similar rhetoric by parliamentarians, and the call for 'radical' taxation across political differences, suggests that something else - a shared desire for a modernist 'break from the past' - was at work in the debate.
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DOI: 10.3138/chr.640

'When I was your age': Bearing Witness in Holocaust Education in Montreal

Stacey Zembrzycki, Steven High

If Holocaust survivor testimony has been the subject of enormous public attention, the educational activism of these survivors has been largely overlooked. Recorded interviews, like public testimonies, have tended to focus on their wartime experiences and specifically the violence they endured. Consequently, little time has been spent exploring their postwar lives and the central role that many have played in Holocaust education.
Taking survivors' work seriously allows us to view testimony from a different angle. The reasons they bear witness and how their stories touch and inform those who listen to them become just as significant as what is said.
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DOI: 10.3138/chr.10077

A Life in History / La vie d'historien

A Life between Geography and History

Cole Harris

Asked to write about my scholarly career, I do as bid. I briefly explain how I became a historical geographer and what I take to be the particular interests and opportunities of this small field tucked between geography and history. I describe the different intellectual climates in which my work has been situated, a brazen, law-seeking positivism in the sixties and later an almost equally brazen cultural theory, and my response to them. I identify my broad research interests - social and cultural change as Europeans migrated to new settings overseas; Canada as a historical geographical construction; the territorial dispossession of Native peoples by settler colonial societies - and my principal observations thereon. Finally, I look back on an enjoyable and rather spoiled academic life, muse about academic pressures that my generation hardly faced, and insist on the continuing value of work situated between geography and history.
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DOI: 10.3138/chr.9332

Workers and Soldiers: Adventures in History

Terry Copp

In this article Terry Copp looks back on a fifty-year career as a historian and teacher. He uncovers his roots as a young scholar and professor in Montreal during the height of the Quiet Revolution, recounts the joys and challenges of teaching at both the high school and university levels, and explains how his approach to history has allowed him to traverse disciplinary boundaries over the course of his career. In doing so, Copp also elaborates on what compelled him to move from labour history to military history. As he explains, academic opportunities, the peer review process, and his own approach to history all affected this career transition. His approach to teaching and writing history, however, remained the same.
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DOI: 10.3138/chr.9331

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DOI: 10.3138/chr.93.3.487

Recent Publications Relating to Canada

Michael D. Stevenson
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DOI: 10.3138/chr.93.3.521


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