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Whitney Lackenbauer

The CHA Journal Prize ( The best article from #1 and #2 issues)

2004

Whitney Lackenbauer, “The Methodological Challenge of non-Events: A Reflection Using Comparative Case Studies on Military-Aboriginal Relations Over Land Use in Twentieth-Century Canada”

This paper successfully intertwines local history, Native history, and the Canadian experience during the Second World War. It challenges accepted interpretations and presents a nuanced interpretation of motivations within the aboriginal community and among federal government officials. The paper serves as a reminder that historians should embrace complexity in historical events, and presents a striking example of what can be achieved through using this approach.