Topic: History

Educating the Child in Enlightenment Britain - book cover

Plus ça change? Education in the Enlightenment and Now

By Mark G. Spencer

Stephen Bygrave, Uses of Education: Reading in Enlightenment in England (Bucknell, 2009) and Mary Hilton and Jill Shefrin, eds, Educating the Child in Enlightenment Britain: Beliefs, Cultures, Practices (Ashgate, 2009).


Obama and the Crash: reshaping the intellectual agenda in Canada

By James Laxer

Major developments in American politics and society always provoke some combination of consternation, envy, imitation, rejection, or righteous indignation north of the […]


Polytechnique: what we remember, what we invent, what we forget

By Karen Dubinsky

Some say Denis Villeneuve’s film, Polytechnique, about the Montreal Massacre of 1989, opens old wounds. But for many of us the wounds […]


An old printing press

Reflections on University Press Publishing

By Bill Harnum

Former University of Toronto Press executive Bill Harnum describes the current terrain of scholarly book publishing and looks to the future. There are a number of daunting challenges, he writes, but they can be overcome.


Universities and The Great Depression: Then and Now?

By Paul Axelrod

It is positively eerie for a baby boomer like me to hear talk of a possible “Depression” in Canada. Having come of […]


No University Buildings

By Robert Jan van Pelt

On November 17, 2008 the Senate of the University of Waterloo met to discuss a proposal to establish a satellite campus in […]


Nothing Gold Can Stay

By Nancy McCormack

Lucien X. Polastron, Books on Fire: The Destruction of Libraries Throughout History, translator: Jon E. Graham (Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions, 2007); Fernando Baez, A Universal History of the Destruction of Books, translator: Alfred MacAdam (New York: Atlas & Co, 2008).


“Saving floods of useless ink”: academic historians and cinematic history

By John Herd Thompson

Duke University’s John Herd Thompson explores how academic historians always lose when taking on filmmakers and their depiction of the past