The On War & Society podcast features interviews with the most prominent historians of war and society. Host Kyle Falcon sits down with his guests to discuss their cutting-edge research, the challenges associated with doing history, and life ‘behind the book.’

On War & Society E33: Voicing Dissent during the First World War with Geoff Keelan

Henri Bourassa was a French Canadian nationalist, politician, journalist, and “one of the most…vocal voices of dissent in Canada during the First World War.” Despite Bourassa’s significance on the Canadian home front and within the international pacifist movement, his story is little-known outside of Quebec. Geoff Keelan sits down with Kyle Falcon to discuss Bourassa’s life and legacy, and how the methods of biography can help us appreciate this uniquely Canadian figure’s place amongst an international community of dissent during the First World War.

Geoff Keelan received a doctorate from the University of Waterloo and works at Library and Archives Canada as an access archivist.

Past Episodes

E01 | The War Junk Historian with Alex Souchen

E02 | Somewhere Between War and Society with Terry Copp

E03 | Complicating History with Mary Chaktsiris

E04 | Canada’s Arctic Laboratory with Matthew Wiseman

E05 | Did You Fall Into the Vimy Trap? with Geoff Hayes

E06 | Dunkirk with Terry Copp

E07 | The Conscripted with Patrick Dennis

E08 | In Search of the Canadian Officer with Geoff Hayes

E09 | Treating Wounds of the Mind with Meghan Fitzpatrick

E10 | Destruction and Dissent in the Marshall Islands with Martha Smith-Norris

E11 | Civil War and Identity with Alec Maavara

E12 | A Microhistory of an Ace with Graham Broad

E13 | Family at the Front with Kristine Alexander

E14 | Rewriting the Great War with Mark Humprhies

E15 | Unpacking the Trauma Kit, Part I with Amy Milne-Smith

E16 | Unpacking the Trauma Kit, Part II with Amy Milne-Smith

E17 | Why Military Families Matter, Part I with Geoffrey Hayes

E18 | Why Military Families Matter, Part II with Geoffrey Hayes

E19 | How to Write 7,000 Words in a Week with Tim Cook

E20 | Uncovering the Secret History of Soldiers with Tim Cook

E21 | Rural Canada at War with Jonathan Vance

E22 | Shell Shock with Mark Humphries

E23 | Stalin’s Gulag with Wilson Bell

E24 | Ambitions Unrealized with Linda Quiney

Special | D-Day in 14 Stories with Elliot Halpern

E25 | Ted Barris and the Dam Busters

E26 | Nazis, Canadian Jews and the Second World War with Ellin Bessner

E27 | Assault on the Winter Line with Terry Copp

E28 | The Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fists with Blaine Chiasson

E29 | Making a Historian with Roger Sarty

E30 | Malplaquet: The Myth of Decisive Battle with Darryl Dee

E31 | Haunted by Hitler with Robert Teigrob

E32 | The American Civil War: Under the Knife with Shauna Devine