Reassessing Vimy with Macro Data: An Examination of History in the Digital Age with Geoff Hayes and Ian Milligan

Public Lecture at 7pm – LCMSDS (232 King St. N. Waterloo, ON)

Student Workshop at 4pm – 1C18 (Arts Wing ‘C’, Wilfrid Laurier University)

Digital historian Ian Milligan has teamed with Geoffrey Hayes to reassess our understanding of Vimy and other Canadian battles of the First World War. Milligan will open the session with a brief introduction to the new tools historians the digital age has offered. Hayes will talk about how these new tools have provided new insights. See Milligan’s recent analysis of Wikipedia’s pages on Canada, Canadian History, and the War of 1812 for an idea of how powerful the results can be.

Ian Milligan is an Assistant Professor in in the history department at the University of Waterloo and a founding co-editor of the group blog at His full CV is here.

Geoffrey Hayes is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Waterloo. He is the author of the The Lincs: A History of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment (1986, 2007) and Waterloo County: An Illustrated History (1997). With Andrew Iarocci and Mike Bechthold, Hayes he is also the editor of Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment (2007). With Mike Bechthold and Matt Symes he co-edited Canada and the Second World War: Essays in Honour of Terry Copp (2012).

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