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Welcome to History
History is the study of the thoughts, actions and achievements of human beings over time. It communicates a profound and practical understanding of how our world came into being by teaching students how to study events in historically-aware ways. History provides a methodology for research and critical thinking which is essential in most professions and walks of life. It acquaints students with important concepts, events and people, and builds their cultural literacy. History promotes a depth of understanding of ourselves and others by heightening critical thinking, deepening global understanding, and enhancing aesthetic and moral awareness. The skills History provides are invaluable in such varied professions as the law, education, journalism and public and international service.
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Vimy Hall A Community Focusing on War, Memory & The Canadian Military Experience in Europe
Chair, History Dept
People at Laurier
Matt Symes is a PhD Candidate (ABD) at WLU. His academic interests focus on gender, sport and war and society studies. More specifically, Matt is examining the ways in which recreational sport, with their emphasis on manly fitness, honour and the competitive spirit, were integral to the training of Canadian soldiers during the Second World War. His dissertation is entitled- Athena’s Sportsmen: Recreational Sport, Idealized Masculinity, and Canadian Military Training, 1939-1945 Mat is also an editor for canadianmilitaryhistory.ca, responsible for the web content and acts as the liaison between the Centre and WLU Press.