Geoffrey Hayes has won the 2017 C.P. Stacey Award


The C.P. Stacey Prize Committee members have unanimously agreed to grant the 2017 prize to Geoffrey Hayes, for his book: Crerar’s Lieutenants. Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939-1945, Vancouver, UBC Press, 2017.

Les membres du comité du Prix C.P. Stacey ont unanimement accordé le prix 2017 à Geoffrey Hayes pour son livre : Crerar’s Lieutenants. Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939-1945, Vancouver, UBC Press, 2017.

Hayes’ focus on junior commissioned ranks is new and key to understaning the training and combat successes of Canada’s Second World War army. In this mature study, the author draws upon multiple perspectives. He utilizes comparative analysis, examining a broad historiography and deploying transnational sources and ideas to challenge myths in the field. This work particularly draws upon concepts of masculinity and their impact on these junior officers, while reaching well balanced conclusions, built upon deep understanding and empathy for the junior officers. The Committee was impressed at how the author weaves superb literary sources into his analysis and succeeds in shedding new light on diverse aspects of the historical experience. This book is a ‘page-turner’ built upon decades of research and teaching in which Geoffrey Hayes is recognized as a leading scholar.

En concentrant son travail sur les lieutenants canadiens de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, Hayes a innové et nous donne accès aussi bien à leur entraînement qu’à leurs succès au combat. Cette étude de maturité ouvre plusieurs perspectives. Hayes fait usage de la comparaison, de l’historiographie,  de sources et d’idées transnationales, tout en  reconsidérant certains mythes. Il manie des concepts de masculinité et leur impact sur ces jeunes officiers. Ses conclusions,  bien équilibrées, sont basées sur sa compréhension profonde et son empathie pour son sujet de recherche. Le magnifique alliage qu’il a réussi à faire de ses sources nombreuses et variées permet de présenter celles-ci sous un nouvel éclairage. Ce livre se lit d’un trait : il découle de décades de recherches et d’enseignement d’un domaine dont il est le spécialiste incontesté



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