- Publisher: Between the Lines
- ISBN: 9781771132756
- Price: $29.95 CAD
- Publication Date: Oct 2016
- Rights: World
- Pages: 392
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or, How We Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Great War
The story of the bloody 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge is, according to many of today’s tellings, a heroic founding moment for Canada. This noble, birth-of-a-nation narrative is regularly applied to the Great War in general. Yet this mythical tale is rather new. “Vimyism”— today’s official story of glorious, martial patriotism—contrasts sharply with the complex ways in which veterans, artists, clerics, and even politicians who had supported the war interpreted its meaning over the decades.
Was the Great War a futile imperial debacle? A proud, nation-building milestone? Contending Great War memories have helped to shape how later wars were imagined. The Vimy Trap provides a powerful probe of commemoration cultures. This subtle, fast-paced work of public history—combining scholarly insight with sharp-eyed journalism, and based on primary sources and school textbooks, battlefield visits and war art—explains both how and why peace and buy discount online viagra war remain contested terrain in ever-changing landscapes of Canadian memory.
Prologue “The Dead on the Field”
Chapter 1 Myths, Memories, and a National Narrative
Chapter 2 The Great War of Attrition and Futility: A Capsule History
Chapter 3 In the Wake of War: Experiencing and Remembering
Chapter 4 Wartime Photos on Display: The Wounds of Memory and the Push for Peace
Chapter 5 The Contested Politics of Peace and War
Chapter 6 Sculpting the Jagged Edges of War: Monumental Questions, Monumental Decisions
Chapter 7 Vimy, Martial Nationalism, and the New Right
Chapter 8 Vimyism and the Canadian Landscape of Memory
About the Authors
Ian McKay is the L.R. Wilson Chair in Canadian History at McMaster University and the author of the award-winning Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People’s Enlightenment in Canada, 1890–1920 and the co-author of Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in the Age of Anxiety.
Kingston writer Jamie Swift is the author of numerous books. He works on social justice issues for the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.