Clio's Warriors examines the role of academic military history in the writing of the world wars in Canada. To elucidate the role of historians in codifying the sacrifice and struggle of a generation, Tim Cook discusses historical memory and writing, the creation of archives, and the war of reputations that followed each of the world wars.For much of the twentieth century, official historians of the Department of National Defence controlled the tenor and focus of war writing. Training, administration, and operational war fighting remained the dominant topics. Only recently have academic military historians pushed the discipline to explore the impact of the wars on Canadian society, and even so, the publications of the official historians continue to provide the central narrative of Canada's world wars.The opening of the archives has allowed new generations of historians to address long-standing controversies. Clio's Warriors examines where the profession has come from and where it needs to go from here,
Tim Cook is the curator of the Canadian War Museum. He is the author of No Place to Run: The Canadian Corps and Gas Warfare in the First World War (1999-2000), which won the C.P. Stacey award for best book in Canadian military history, and Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting in the Great War 1917-18 (2009), winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction.
Introduction: Writing the World Wars 1 Documenting War and Forging Reputations, 1914-18 2 The War of Reputations, 1918-39 3 Clio in the Service of Mars, 1939-45 4 History Wars and War History, 1945-48 5 Official History, Contested Memory, 1948-60 6 Forging the Canon of Canadian World War History, 1960-2000 Conclusion: An Ongoing Dialogue Notes Select Bibliography of Official and Semi-official Canadian Histories Index