The 2014 Eaton Lecture

Canada's Hundred Days, 1918: Why Don't Canadians Know About Their Greatest Victories?

by Jack L. Granatstein
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, 7 p.m.
Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, Ontario

Canada's greatest victories of the First World War came late in 1918, in a series of battles known collectively as the Hundred Days Campaign. These battles dwarf Vimy Ridge in scale, sophistication and importance, yet they remain unknown and unheralded in Canadian public consciousness. The 2014 Eaton Lecture addressed this. 

Jack L. Granatstein, OC, PhD, LLD, D.Sc.Mil., D.Litt., D.Hum.Litt., FRSC

Jack L. GranatsteinJack Granatstein is a keeper of Canadian history. He writes on 20th century Canadian national history - the military, defence and foreign policy, Canadian-American relations, the public service, and politics. He has been described as “the most prolific Canadian historian of his generation” with more than 70 titles to his credit.

For many Canadians, Jack Granatstein is best known for his television and radio work. He provided the historical commentary for CBC-TV’s coverage of the 50th, 60th, and 65th anniversaries of D-Day, V-E Day, V-J Day, the 90th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, and repeated Remembrance Day ceremonies alongside Peter Mansbridge.

A Toronto native, Dr. Granatstein attended Le Collège militaire royal de St-Jean and earned a BA at the Royal Military College, an MA at the University of Toronto, and a PhD at Duke University. He served in the Canadian Army from 1956 to 1966, then joined the history department at York University in Toronto where, after taking early retirement in 1995, he is Distinguished Research Professor of History Emeritus.

Dr. Granatstein has served as editor of the Canadian Historical Review and was a founder of the Organization for the History of Canada. He was also instrumental in creating a new home for the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, where he held the position of Director and CEO from 1998 to 2000.

An Officer of the Order of Canada since 1996, his many awards and honours also include seven honorary doctorates. In 2008, the Conference of Defence Associations awarded Dr. Granatstein its 75th Anniversary Book Prize as “the author deemed to have made the most significant positive contribution to the general public’s understanding of Canadian foreign policy, national security and defence during the past quarter century.”

Dr. Granatstein's better known titles include The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military HistoryWho Killed the Canadian Military?Canada’s War: The Politics of the Mackenzie King GovernmentCanada’s Army: Waging War and Keeping Peace, and Who Killed Canadian History?