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Myths of Ireland's Easter Rising

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Myths of Ireland's Easter Rising

The belief that the 1916 Easter insurrection in Ireland was in resistance to British oppression is completely inaccurate, writes Kevin Myers

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Napoleon and the French Canadians

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Napoleon and the French Canadians

By Serge Joyal. All countries create myths to adumbrate their aspirations and to reflect an image of their national identity. Such was the myth of Napoleon in France and, as we shall see, even in French Canada.

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Macdonald: A Hero for Our Times?

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Macdonald: A Hero for Our Times?

The Old Flag and the Old Policy probably mattered more than the Old Man to most Canadians, writes Phillip A. Buckner. We can debate Sir John A. without losing our heads — or his.

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In Kamloops, Not One Body Has Been Found

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In Kamloops, Not One Body Has Been Found

At the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, so far not a single body has been found, writes Professor Jacques Rouillard. Nearby, the existing cemetery is located on the Indian Reserve itself ...

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The Dieppe Raid: Telling and Retelling

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The Dieppe Raid: Telling and Retelling

By Mike Bechthold Originally published in The Dorchester Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, Autumn-Winter 2018, pp. 38-41.   THE DIEPPE RAID of 19 August 1942 is the subject more discussion, research, writing, and controversy than almost any other event in Canadian military history. This is especially striking considering the short, disastrous nature of the event. Canadian historians, along with those in the UK, Germany, and US, have written dozens of books and articles examining the raid from multiple perspectives. Documentaries and film dramas abound. Planning, training, political dimensions, fighting on the beaches, the war in the air, the German view,...

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