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The Myth of Vimy: War and Peace in Canada

Start Date and Time:

Monday, April 10, 2017, 7:00PM

End Date and Time:

Monday, April 10, 2017, 9:00PM


Ian McKay (McMaster University)

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Workers have fought in wars. Workers have also opposed wars. On April 10th, 2017, we mark the 100th anniversary of the bloody battle of Vimy Ridge, where many working men died. Some voices are urging us to commemorate that slaughter as a noble, heroic struggle that “forged our nation.” Ian McKay, one of Canada’s most respected historians, debunks that myth in The Vimy Trap, or How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War (co-authored with Jamie Swift). The authors argue against using militarism to build patriotism, remind us how often Canadians preferred peace to war, and make a loud, clear call to avoid glorifying war.

Lest we forget.


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Canadian troops in the second wave of the attack on Vimy Ridge wait in a trench for the signal to advance.
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