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Mountains and Memorials

Yesterday, Andrea Eidinger tweeted a post about Vimy Peak in Waterton Lakes National Park, in Southern Alberta. The post appeared on Retroactive, the government of Alberta’s blog for historic places, to mark the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Being a First World War historian who grew up in Calgary and spent most weekends hiking up the peaks of Kananaskis Country, I knew of a handful … Continue reading Mountains and Memorials

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Recruiting Footprints 2: Scattered Thoughts

In my previous post, I talked about some maps that I made using Leaflet, a JavaScript library, to map the enlistment footprints of four battalions in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The goal of the maps was to compare the enlistment patterns of ethnically-defined battalions, such as the 223rd (Canadian Scandinavian) Battalion and the 233rd (Canadiens-Français du Nord-Ouest) Battalion, against the enlistment patterns of local battalions raised in … Continue reading Recruiting Footprints 2: Scattered Thoughts

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Recruiting Footprints 1: A Certain Cultural Gravitas

Scottish communities in Canada rallied to the imperial war effort by forming Scottish battalions in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. As explained in a previous post, these battalions relied heavily on the hallmarks of Scottish culture. Members of these battalions would march in their kilts, often accompanied by the skirl of their regimental pipe band, while recruiting posters often relied on images of soldiers in kilts. Historians … Continue reading Recruiting Footprints 1: A Certain Cultural Gravitas

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Letter Rip

At the beginning of the year, I resolved to experiment more with Gephi to explore the possibilities of network analysis in historical research. Prompted largely by the need to organize some classroom activities for my course on the First World War, I delved back into the Canadian Images and Letters Project (CLIP) to scale up my efforts. In my first attempt, I explored the letters of … Continue reading Letter Rip