A panel of Canadian and French historians reviewed letters, photographs and other memorabilia from the front lines of the First World War. They then picked the 10 most significant artifacts and an additional 85 family artifacts as part of the Memory Project.


J. L. Granatstein, OC, PhD, FRSC
Military Historian

Jack Lawrence Granatstein attended the Royal Military College, Kingston (B.A., 1961), the University of Toronto (M.A., 1962), and Duke University (Ph.D., 1966). He served in the Canadian Army (1956-66), then joined the History Department at York University, Toronto (1966-95) where, after taking early retirement, he is Distinguished Research Professor of History Emeritus. He has honorary degrees from the University of Calgary, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Ryerson Polytechnic University. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada (1997). In 1995, Jack Granatstein served as one of three commissioners on the Special Commission on the Restructuring of the Canadian Forces Reserves, and in 1997, he advised the Minister of National Defence on the future of the Canadian Forces. He served as the Director and CEO of the Canadian War Museum (1998-2001). He is also co-chair of the Council for Canadian Security in the 21st Century.


Charlotte Gray

Charlotte Gray's latest book is Flint and Feather: The Life and Times of E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake. Charlotte is the author of Sisters in the Wilderness: The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill, published by Viking-Penguin in Canada in October 1999 and Duckworths in the UK in March 2001. Sisters in the Wilderness was on Canadian best-seller lists for over a year, and won the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award for the best non-fiction book, 2000, and the Floyd S. Chalmers Award in Ontario History.

Charlotte's first book, Mrs. King, The Life and Times of Isabel Mackenzie King, published in 1997, won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction, and the Canadian Authors Association / Birks Foundation Award for Non-fiction, and was nominated for the Viacom Award and a Governor-General's Award. A graduate of Oxford University, she did post-graduate work at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary doctorate from Mount St. Vincent University, Nova Scotia.


Margaret MacMillan, PhD

Margaret MacMillan received her PhD from Oxford University and is provost of Trinity College and professor of history at the University of Toronto. Her previous books include Women of the Raj and Canada and NATO. Published as Peacemakers in England, Paris 1919 : Six Months that changes the World was a bestseller chosen by Roy Jenkins as his favorite book of the year. It won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize, and the Duff Cooper Prize and was a finalist for the Westminster Medal in Military Literature. MacMillan, the great-granddaughter of David Lloyd George, lives in Toronto.


Christopher Moore

Moore's books include 1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal. He wrote the 1999 photo-history best-seller Canada: Our Century with Mark Kingwell. He helped create the best-selling children's history The Story of Canada. His first book, Louisbourg Portraits: Life in An Eighteenth Century Garrison Town, won the Governor General's Award in non-fiction. Story of a Nation Defining Moments in Our History, Louisbourg Portraits: Five Dramatic, True Tales of People Who Lived in an Eighteenth-Century Garrison Town,

His awards include the Governor General's Award, the Mr. Christie Award and the Children's Literature Roundtable Award (for The Story of Canada), and the Secretary of State's Prize for Excellence in Canadian Studies, as well as recognition from the Canadian Historical Association and Ontario Historical Society. Moore covers Canadian historical news in a long-running column in The Beaver and makes legal history sparkle in a featured Law Times column. CBC Radio "Ideas" listeners know his insightful radio documentaries. His provocative commentaries on history and politics have appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Saturday Night, and other periodicals in the authoritative Canadian Who's Who.


Annie Deperchin

Annie Deperchin received her PhD in Law and Economics and teaches at the Centre of History of Law at the University of Lille in France. Her research mainly focuses on links between War and Justice in the 19th and 20th Centuries. A specialist of the French Law system during the WWI, Annie Deperchin has extended her field of research to other wars. She has been a special envoy of the French Ministry of Justice in Kosovo in 1999 and 2000 to participate in the restoration of peace in the Balkan. She has actively taken part in Jay Winter's workshops about victims of wars and has been associated with Annette Wieviorka. Since 2002, she has enlarged her research to the question of colonial justice in North Africa in the 50s and the 60s. She is a Board member of the Centre Historial, the leading French research centre devoted to studies on the WWI. She is also a member of the editorial committee of the magazine 14-18 Aujourd'hui and actively involved in the French Association for the History of Justice.

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