Centenary conference in Ottawa explores Canadian literature of the First World War

Posted on centenarynews.com on 21 July 2014
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The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa is marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War with an international conference devoted to Canadian literature of the period.

The event, from July 31-August 3 2014, is described as contributing to the 'contested debate about Canada's participation in the First World War from literary, aesthetic, critical, political, historical and other perspectives.' 

Tim Cook, a First World War historian at the Canadian War Museum, will give a public lecture entitled 'Canada and the Commemoration of the Great War,1918-2018'  on July 31.

He has published several books about the military history of the war including Clio’s Warriors: Canadian Historians and the Writing of the World WarsAt the Sharp End: Canadians Fighting the Great War 1914–1916Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War 1917–1918 (2008) which won the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize and his 2012 book Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King, and Canada’s World Wars.

On August 1st, Margaret MacMillan, Professor of International History at Oxford University, will speak on 'The Great War in Literature.'

Her latest book, The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 traces the events which led to the First World War.

On August 4, the Canadian War Museum will mark the Centenary of the declaration of war  with a programme of period songs and music called Till the Boys Come Home. As a self-governing dominion of the British Empire, Canada automatically entered hostilities when Britain declared war on Germany,

More details about the Canadian Literature of World War I International Conference can be found here.

Source: The Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

Images courtesy of the Canadian War Museum

Posted by: Peter Alhadeff, Centenary News