Terry Copp’s Holiday Reading List

We often get asked at the LCMSDS about what we’re reading. This year we have decided to get some of the staff at the LCMSDS to put together a list of their recommendations. In the name of transparency, The centre is using Amazon Canada because of their reseller agreement and if you arrive at amazon.ca through our web portal The LCMSDS does receive a commission.


The first list is from Terry Copp, Professor Emeritus at WLU and Director of the LCMSDS:











I have been reading Alan Taylor, The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies for my War and Memory course and am fascinated by American patriotic take on the war. Taylor is a great writer which almost makes up for his lack of interest in British policy.

Ross King was one of my favourite authors before he wrote Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution and the Group of Seven. Strongly recommend to all Canadian historians.

Another favourite who is always worth reading. David McCullogh has a new book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. This lively account of the years 1830 to 1900 draws on letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts to dramatize Paris and visitors like Samuel Morse and Mary Cassatt.

During the Christmas break I plan to read Sean McMeekin, The Russian Origins of the First World War which claims that it was “Russian statesmen who unleashed the war through conscious policy decisions.” I will let you know my reaction in a future review.

I am also looking forward to Xu Guogi, Strangers on the Western Front: Chinese Workers in the Great War. Mark Humphries, now at memorial University, has some interesting evidence on Canada’s role in the story of the 140,000 labourers who contributed to the Allied war effort.

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