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War at sea

On the first Sunday of May, Canada remembers the Second World War Battle of the Atlantic and recognizes the efforts and sacrifices of members of the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force, and Canadian merchant navy.

More than 4,000 Canadians perished during the battle, which was the Second World War’s longest continuous campaign.

In honour of the annual commemoration, we’ve selected a few of the best recently published books about Canada and the Battle of the Atlantic. See the list here.

Preserving the Allied lifeline

Many Canadian men and women were unsung heroes of the Battle of the Atlantic. With number of events and projects, Parks Canada is paying tribute to these extraordinary individuals and to all who served in the battle to supply Europe and to protect Canada’s coast during the Second World War. Learn more about upcoming events.

Financial progress

This spring we spoke to Joe Martin, who along with with Christopher Kobrak wrote From Wall Street to Bay Street: The Origins and Evolution of American and Canadian Finance. Our interview with Martin will appear in the June-July issue of Canada’s History magazine, but you can read it online now.

Martin will also speak about the book at a public event at the University of Winnipeg’s Convocation Hall on May 30, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

First Blood in the Gulf

In the June-July 2012 issue of Canada’s History, we featured an excerpt from Roger Sarty’s book War in the St. Lawrence: The Forgotten U-Boat Battles on Canada’s Shores.

For three years the Battle of the Atlantic spilled into Canadian waters — the only major combat to occur within Canada's borders during the twentieth century. Read the excerpt.

Metis matriarchs

Recipients of the Reading Den are automatically entered to win one of three copies of Metis Pioneers: Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed, by Doris Jeanne MacKinnon, courtesy of University of Alberta Press. The book tells of two Metis women and the roles they played in the region that became the province of Alberta.

Book Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to:
  • Judith Nettleton, Toronto
  • Susan Ellwood, Ottawa
  • Adele Dostie, North York, Ont.

Community History webinar series

The Community History webinar series shares stories and experiences of communities from across Canada that have made significant efforts to preserve and to share their local histories. You can watch any of the six past webinars covering theatrical productions, massive online courses, poetry projects and more. Watch videos

You can also register for the last webinar in the series, the Wolfville Historical Society’s Mona Parsons Commemoration Project, with Andria Hill. Register now

Top 10 Bestsellers
  1. Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths
  2. Travellers through Empire: Indigenous Voyages
  3. Art Deco Architecture Across Canada
  4. Mapmaker: Philip Turnor in Rupert’s Land
  5. A History of Canada in Ten Maps
  6. The Halifax Explosion: Canada’s Worst Disaster
  7. The Whisky King: Canada’s Most Infamous Bootlegger
  8. Innocent Heroes: Animals in the First World War
  9. Reluctant Warriors: Canadian Conscripts
  10. Canada’s Odyssey: Incomplete Conquests
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Book Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to:
  • Robert R., Toronto
  • Darryl G., Cobalt, Ont.
  • Kerry C., Waterloo, Ont.

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