war

Category: war

When Bryan and I initially read Arthur Manuel’s untitled manuscript, we were uncertain as to his intentions when he had decided to “tell his story” almost forty years ago. The document tone suggested Arthur wanted to set the record straight, as he saw it  — a Great War history told from the common soldier, front line infantryman’s perspective. He had plainly spent many hours researching, as the stubs from various book chapters confirmed, ones inserted at places where Arthur was making a specific point.

History is not what actually happened, but rather what is recorded to have happened. For numerous reasons, some deliberate, others not, the recording of history can often be a distortion, if not a complete misrepresentation, of the events as they actually occurred. As such, the historian must be a sleuth to uncover, as closely as possible, the actual reality and drivers behind those events. This can be a daunting task as there are a myriad of challenges to obscure the “truth,” especially for military historians.

The world is not at war, but as we scan almost every continent, it is naïve and optimistic to say that we are at peace. Over the last five years, the end of wars in Iraq or Afghanistan has really meant the outbreak of other hostilities across a plethora of countries,  outbreaks in Europe and North America, Indonesia and elsewhere.

Elizabeth Muir’s recent book Canadian Women in the Sky: 100 Years of Flight, shines a light on the often little-known contributions of Canadian women in aviation. Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail delves into Muir’s reasons for writing the book, and the surprising things she learned.

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