Worth Fighting For
Historians, veterans, museums, and public education campaigns have all documented and commemorated the experience of Canadians in times of war. But Canada also has a long, rich, and important historical tradition of resistance to both war and militarization. This collection brings together the work of sixteen scholars on the history of war resistance. Together they explore resistance to specific wars (including the South African War, the First and Second World Wars, and Vietnam), the ideology and nature of resistance (national, ethical, political, spiritual), and organized activism against militarization (such as cadet training, the Cold War, and nuclear arms).
As the federal government continues to support the commemoration and celebration of CanadaÕs participation in past wars, this collection offers a timely response that explores the complexity of CanadaÕs position in times of war and the role of social movements in challenging the militarization of Canadian society.
Lara Campbell is Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, where she teaches women’s history and the history of social activism. She is the author of Respectable Citizens: Gender, Family, and Unemployment in Ontario’s Great Depression (University of Toronto Press, 2009) and co-author, with Willeen Keough, of Gender History: Canadian Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2014). Her current project focuses on the gender politics of war resistance in the Vietnam era.
Michael Dawson is Professor of History at St. Thomas University. His research has focused primarily on consumerism, tourism, and popular culture and their relationship to regional, national, and imperial identities. With Catherine Gidney and Susanne Klausen, he recently edited E. Maud Graham’s A Canadian Girl in South Africa: A Teacher’s Experiences in the South African War, 1899–1902 (University of Alberta Press, 2015). His current projects include (separate) studies of Jell-O and the Muppets.
Catherine Gidney is an adjunct professor in the History Department at St. Thomas University. She is the author of A Long Eclipse: The Liberal Protestant Establishment and the Canadian University, 1920–1970 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004) and Tending the Student Body: Youth, Health, and the Modern University (University of Toronto Press, 2015). Her current research focuses on the commercialization of schools in Canada.