C.P. Stacey Award

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The C.P. Stacey Award Committee and the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) have awarded Distinguished University Professor Jonathan F.W. Vance of Western University with the 2018 C.P. Stacey Award for scholarly work in Canadian military history.

A Township at War (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) explores the Canadian experience of war both at home and overseas through the story of East Flamborough Township in southern Ontario. Drawing on a diverse array of local and family sources, Vance weaves the history of the home front into the story of Canada’s war in France and Flanders, bridging the gap between social and military history and bringing a turbulent time period to life.

In conferring the award, the committee noted: “Professor Vance, who is one of Canada’s most distinguished historians, has written a transformative history, synthesizing existing scholarship with extensive new research. At the same time, A Township at War is a forceful work, engagingly written while making a major contribution to our understanding of how the First World War was a transformative event for Canadians at the local level. It is a story that only could have been told by a master of the field such as Jonathan Vance.”

Vance is J.B. Smallman Chair in Western’s Department of History and the author of several other books. He previously won the C.P. Stacey Award for his 1997 book, Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning and the First World War.

“Jonathan Vance draws from rich narrative sources to reveal what rural people were like a century ago—how they saw the world, what they valued, and how they lived their lives. We see them coming to terms with global events that took their loved ones to distant battlefields, and dealing with the prosaic challenges of everyday life…This is a story of resilience and idealism, of violence and small-mindedness, of a world that has long disappeared and one that remains with us to this day.”

— Wilfrid Laurier University Press, publisher of “A Township at War”

The awards committee is also pleased to announce two runners up for the 2018 C.P. Stacey Award: Richard Goette’s Sovereignty and Command in Canada-US Continental Air Defence, 1940-57 (UBC Press) and Douglas E. Delaney’s The Imperial Army Project: Britain and the Land Forces of the Dominions and India, 1902-1945 (Oxford University Press). Both of these works were superb and worthy of honourable mention.

About the C.P. Stacey Award

The C.P. Stacey Award is named in honour of Charles Perry Stacey, Historical Officer to the Canadian Army during the Second World War and later a long-time Professor of History at the University of Toronto.  His influence in the field of Canadian military history continues to inspire scholars today. The Stacey Award is given annually to the best book in the field of Canada’s military history, broadly defined, including the study of war and society. The C.P. Stacey Award winner receives a prize of $1,000, made possible through the generous support of Brad and Sara Dunkley, John and Pattie Cleghorn and the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University.

The 2018 award committee consisted of Mark Humphries (Wilfrid Laurier University), Isabel Campbell (Directorate of History and Heritage), and Serge Durflinger (University of Ottawa). Questions, inquiries, and requests for interviews should be directed to Kyle Pritchard, Award Liason, at LCMSDS.

Information for Publishers

The Awards Committee is currently collecting books published during the 2019 calendar year for consideration for the 2019 C.P. Stacey Award. The award winner will be announced at the 31st Canadian Military History Colloquium at Wilfrid Laurier University in May 2020. Publishers can submit as many titles as may merit consideration for the award up until the submission deadline on January 15th 2020. The books will be judged by a panel of experts in Canadian military history.

Publishers who wish to submit titles for consideration should send three copies of each title seeking consideration to the following address:

C.P. Stacey Award
LCMSDS Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, Canada
N2L 3C5

Past Winners

2017 | Geoffrey Hayes: Crerar’s Lieutenants: Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939-45 (UBC Press)

2016 | Brock Millman, Polarity, Patriotism and Dissent in Great War Canada, 1914-1919 (University of Toronto Press)

2014 | Tim Cook: The Necessary War, Volume 1: Canadians Fighting The Second World War: 1939-1943 (Allen Lane)

2014 | Richard M. Reid, African Canadians in Union Blue: Volunteering for the Cause in the Civil War (UBC Press)

2013 |Teresa Iacobelli, Death or Deliverance: Canadian Courts Martial in the Great War (UBC Press)

2012 |Andrew Burtch, Give Me Shelter: The Failure of Canada’s Cold War Civil Defence (UBC Press)

2011 | Dean Frederick Oliver and Jack Granatstein, The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History (Oxford University Press)

2009 | Kevin Spooner, Canada, The Congo Crisis and U.N. Peacekeeping 1960-64 (UBC Press)

2008 | Paul Douglas Dickson: A Thoroughly Canadian General: A Biography of General H.D.G. Crerar (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

2008 | Stephen Brumwell, Paths of Glory: The Life and Death of General James Wolfe (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

2006 | Douglas Delaney, Bert Hoffmeister: The Soldier’s General (UBC Press)

2004 | Béatrice Richard, La mémoire de Dieppe: Radioscopie d’un mythe (VLB éditeur)

2004 | Marc Milner, Battle of the Atlantic (Vanwell Publishing Ltd.)

2002 | Brian Tennyson and Roger Sarty, Guardian of the Gulf: Sydney, Cape Breton and the Atlantic Wars (University of Toronto Press)

2000 | Tim Cook, No Place to Run: The Canadian Corps and Gas Warfare in the First World War (UBC Press)

1998 | Jonathan Vance, Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning and the First World War (UBC Press)

1996 | George Blackburn, The Guns of Victory (McClelland & Stewart)

1994 | Desmond Morton, When Your Number’s Up: The Canadian Soldier in the First World War (Vintage Canada)

1992 | Bill McAndrew and Terry Copp, Battle Exhaustion: Soldiers and Psychiatrists in the Canadian Army, 1939-1945 (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

1990 | Robert Vogel and Terry Copp, Maple Leaf Route

1988 | Norman Hillmer and W. A. B. Douglas, The Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Volume II: The Creation of a National Air Force (University of Toronto Press)