The Friday Roundup is a new weekly feature that offers a look at news, archive, and worthwhile links around the web on the study of War and Society.
Finding primary documents for research can often be a pain and with the upcoming federal budget cuts to the Library and Archives of Canada the task will become more difficult in the future. The Avalon project, run out of Yale Law School, is a digitized collection of primary documents spanning several thousand years. The majority of materials available are official treaties and major government documents, some of which can be difficult to find elsewhere. The organization of the site also allows for the user to browse easily through documents from related themes such as the Second World War. This is a valuable digital resource for any student of history.
Canadian Veterans Advocacy Inc. is an Ontario-registered not-for-profit corporation focused on improving the quality of life for Canadian veterans. The issue of looking after returning veterans who need assistance has become a more prominent political topic since Canada joined the conflict in Afghanistan. The protests on June 6 by Second World War veterans demanding better support and care for today’s veterans is another page in the history of veteran support in this country as veterans from Canada’s past wars are now more publicly standing behind Canada’s Afghan veterans. This website offers the stories of veterans and their experience dealing with the government as well as updates on the group’s events.
Dr. Dan Cohen is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the Director of the Center for History and New Media. His own research is in European and American intellectual history, the history of science (particularly mathematics), and the intersection of history and computing. His own personal musings, on his blog, are well worth sifting through. His blog charts the the rise of the digital humanities and Dr. Cohen offers his own unique perspective at every stage.