The Wilson Blog

Au-delà des frontières/Beyond Borders is the name of the Wilson Institute for Canadian History’s blog. It is a title that we believe best represents our mandate. It reflects our commitment to transnational history; particularly, Canadian history beyond the Canadian border. Since the creation of the Wilson Institute in 2008, we have worked to understand Canada in a global perspective and how Canada has influenced – or been influenced by – transnational phenomena.

Le blogue de l’institut Wilson

Au-delà des frontières / Beyond Borders est le nom du blogue de l’institut Wilson d’histoire canadienne. C’est un titre qui, à notre avis, représente bien notre mandat. Ce blogue reflète notre engagement en histoire transnationale et particulièrement – en histoire du Canada au-delà de la frontière canadienne. Depuis la fondation de l’institut en 2008, nous cherchons à comprendre la place du Canada dans une perspective globale et à comprendre comment le Canada a influencé – ou a été influencé par – les phénomènes transnationaux.


Ian McKay was appointed the L.R. Wilson Chair in Canadian History at McMaster on 1 January 2016. He taught at Queen’s University from 1988 to 2016. Two of his recent books, both co-authored with Jamie Swift, have focused on peace and war in twentieth-century Canada: Warrior Nation:  Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety and The Vimy Trap: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War. Two others have been about history, tourism and culture in Atlantic Canada: The Quest of the Folk: Antimodernism and Cultural Selection in Twentieth-Century Nova and [with Robin Bates] In The Province of History: Tourism and the Romance of the Past in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia. And three have focused on the history of the Canadian left: ed., For a Working-Class Culture in 

mckayCanada: A Selection of Colin McKay’s Writings in Political Economy and Sociology, 1897-1939Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada’s Left History, and Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People’s Enlightenment in Canada, 1890-1920, which won the  John A. Macdonald Prize from the Canadian Historical Association. His present project is a co-authored study of political theorist C.B.Macpherson, a renowned authority on liberal ideology and practice.


Are you a young and/or an established scholar working on Canada from a transnational perspective or someone with a keen interest for history? Are you working on the British Empire, New France, North America, the Atlantic World, the United States, the Cold War, the United Nations, foreign policy, etc. and could provide us with an interesting read? We’d love to hear from you!

To submit an article or to discuss an article idea (or series), please contact the Wilson Institute at wilsonch@mcmaster.ca