Quill and canon: Writing the great war in Canada
American Review of Canadian Studies , Volume 35 - Issue 3 p. 503- 530
History never repeats itself, but historians always repeat each other." That uncharitable view of profession may be true in cases, but scholarship by a new generation of historians is searching deep into the archives of the nation to find meaning in the past, asking new questions and employing new methodologies. Historians are no longer content to simply mimic previous interpretations. Despite this new research, however, most historians are guided by their predecessors, and are certainly affected by past historical interpretations. This article explores the first generation of Canadian historians to capture the Great War experience in print. The aim is not to compile an annotated bibliography, but instead to delve into the writing of these period histories, exploring the authors and their attempt to navigate the pressures and constituencies they faced in shaping the historical memory of that conflict. This article, then, is less about the final historical products than the interplay of historians within the societies that spawned them and shaped their work.