Copp sees the light at the end of the tunnel? Canadian military historians certainly hope not!
"Cleghorn 2010- Langemark German War Grave Cemetery" by Nick Lachance
A visit to the Leopold canal inspired Copp to begin questioning interpretations of the Canadian Army in the Second World War. In the 1980s, military history was a perversion in the academy, but Copp soldiered on. Fortunately the students were not as anti-war as the professoriate.
The Maple Leaf Route series, co-written with Vogel, was hard-core operational military history, and received a cool reception in the book-world. To all intents and purposes the first instalment in the series was self-published. Explanation of the difficulties co-authoring Battle Exhaustion with William McAndrew gave an insider's view to an important book in the field.
Copp eventually got around to addressing the history of Brigadier Bill Megill,which his keynote nominally took for its subject. He used the controversies over Megill's reputation, inflamed by the Valour and the Horror CBC series, to emphasize his own methodology. No one minded that Megill took a sideshow to Copp's autobiography, and the release of a festschrift dedicated to the speaker was announced by the Laurier Centre after his excellent keynote.
The theme for this year's conference was pedagogy, and numerous digital additions to the classroom were debated. The Laurier Centre seem as committed to solid history teaching as they are to their impressive web presence.
"April 29th to The 21st Military History Colloquium -10" Nick Lachance photo