Thunder Bay and the First World War, 1914-1919


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Thunder Bay, and the First World War, 1914-1919 is a narrative history shaped, in a large part, by what remains of the voices of those from the period – the letters and correspondence produced by soldiers, nurses, governments, organizations, and families. Their stories are augmented, particularly on the home front, by the remaining archival records. The book seeks to understand the role the region and its people played during the war in a broader context and, for better and for worse, why and how they fought, how they addressed the problems the war created, where they differed from elsewhere in Canada, and what impacts the conflict had on their community and their lives. It it the story of a community at war.

By: Michel Beaulieu, David Ratz, Thorold Tronrud and Jenna Kirker

Michel S. Beaulieu is a Canadian born writer and academic. He holds a PhD in History from Queen’s University and is currently the Associate Vice-Provost Academic (Special Projects) and an External Relations Association at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada. He is a Professor of History and a former Chair of the Department of History.

David K. Ratz, CD has taught a wide variety of courses over the two decades. These have included courses Making of the Modern World, Canada to 1885, Modern Canada, the First World War, the Second World War, Canadian Military History (before and after 1919), and Introduction to the Canadian North. Outside of Lakehead, Dr. Ratz is a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and the former Commanding Officer of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment. Dr. Ratz is a specialist in Canadian and European history, particularly foreign policy, military, and Finland and the Nordic region. Recent books have explored Finnish and Canadian bilateral relations, Canadian military history in Northwestern Ontario, and German Prisoner of War Camps in Canada

Dr. Tronrud is the past Executive Director of the Thunder Bay Museum. He has taught courses in British, European, and Canadian history since 1979. He has also taught in the field of Museum Studies and Library Science. Dr. Tronrud has been the editor of the journal Ontario History since 2005 and is also the managing editor for the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society’s journal Papers & Records.

Jenna Kirker is a first year PhD Candidate, and is currently pursuing research on the role of youth in socialist and communist movements in twentieth century Canada under the supervision of Dr. Ian McKay. Jenna holds a Master of Arts in History, an Honours Bachelor of Arts, and a Bachelor of Education First Class Standing from Lakehead University. She is a member of the board for the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, chairing its membership, special events and fundraising committees, as well as serving on the executive for the Thunder Bay branch of the Canadian International Council. 

  • Published by: Thunder Bay Museum Historical Society
  • Pages: 232
  • Binding: Softcover