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Lecture-Luncheon: "The Vimy Trap: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War," with Jamie Swift

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October 14, 2017
10:30 a.m.
Entry Fees: 
$15 for SHS members, $20 for non-members, including a light lunch.
Colby-Curtis Museum, Stanstead, Qc

The story of the bloody 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge is, according to many of today's tellings, a heroic founding moment for Canada. 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 have interpreted its meaning over the decades. Was the Great War a futile imperial debacle? A proud, nation-building milestone? The Vimy Trap is a subtle, fast-paced work of public history – combining scholarly insight with sharp-eyed journalism. It explains both how and why peace and war remain contested terrain in ever-changing landscapes of Canadian memory.

Award-winning Kingston writer (and Montreal native) Jamie Swift is the author of a dozen books. A long-time producer of documentaries for CBC-Radio’s Ideas, he is adjunct professor at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

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