Who killed Canadian history?
Have we lost our past, and, in turn, ourselves?
Who is slamming shut our history books -- and why?
In an indictment that points damning fingers at our education system, the media and our government's preoccupation with multiculturalism to the exclusion of English Canadian culture, historian J.L. Granatstein offers astonishing evidence of our lack of historical knowledge. He shows not only how "dumbing down" in our education system is contributing to the death of Canadian history, but how a multi-disciplinary social studies approach puts more nails in the coffin. He explains how some teachers think studying the Second World War glorifies violence and may worsen French-English conflicts if conscription is mentioned, And he tells how the pride Canadians should feel over their past has been brushed aside by efforts to create a history that suits the misguided ideas of successive ministers of Canadian heritage and multiculturalism. Finally, he shows that there is hope, and there are steps we must take if we are to renew our past -- and ensure our future.
With his intelligent and outspoken "blow the dust off the history books" approach to his subject, J.L. Granatstein has produced a brilliantly argued book that addresses a subject too important to ignore. Published to coincide with the anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge (April 9, 1917), and appearing at a time when our education system is coming under ever sharper attack Who Killed Canadian History? is a
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Jack Granatstein has written a book lamenting the lack of teaching of Canadian political and military history from a national perspective. I agree with him. He notes that what history is taught in Candian schools and universities has largely become regionalized, and is now almost exclusively social history. He supports the need for social history, and for the inclusion of multiple perspectives. He just wants national political and military history included as part of the mix. I agree with him. I like his writing style, and his frankness in putting his personal views on the line throughout the book. At 186 pages, though, the book is too long. It is repetitious. It could have been a magazine article without losing any of the messages, and would have been equally compelling.
Review: Who Killed Canadian History?User Review - Stephanie - Goodreads
This is an interesting book, and a must read for any history students. This book discusses the past a future of history in Canada. While extremely critical and harsh on social history and social ... Read full review