THE SECOND WORLD WAR had a massive impact on Canada and, while historians have examined the war years extensively, the bulk of the literature has employed a national or international lens. While the war was a global event, recent scholarship, in Canada and elsewhere, suggests that the people on the home front experienced these distant conflicts from within their own “hometown horizons.”  Local experiences then, are not merely microcosms of the national war experience; they are the national war experience, replicated thousands of times across the country. This new direction in scholarship is only just developing as of 2011, and the students' websites make available original research that is a genuine and important contribution to our understanding of what the war meant to the average Canadian.


Something in the AirThere's Something in the Air: RCAF Station Abbotsford, 1943-1945
Rose Coloured GlassesRose Coloured Glasses
Stories from Fraser Valley War Brides
Split LoyaltiesSplit Loyalties: Fraser Valley Mennonite Service in the Second World War
The Mennonite MenaceThe Mennonite Menace:
Real or Imagined?
Home Town War HerosHometown War Heroes 1940-1945

Women's WWII Work in ChilliwackWomen's WWII Work in Chilliwack BC

Mothers of the Home FrontMothers of the Home Front
Mailing MoraleMailing Morale: How Mail Kept One Mission Family Connected Throughout the Second World War
TaintedTainted: The Treatment of Japanese Canadians During World WarII

Forgotton HeroesForgotton Heroes: The Stó:lô Nation World War II Veteran Experience
Conserving for the War EffortConserving for the War Effort: Canada's Mission
Harvesting VictoryHarvesting Victory: Abbotsford Agriculture in WWII
Pacific Coast Militia RangersPacific Coast Militia Rangers
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