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Prof. Douglas McCalla

Douglas McCalla, a U of G professor emeritus, spoke to The Globe and Mail for a Nov. 10 story about the economic effects on Canada of the First World War.

McCalla, a former Canada Research Chair in Canadian Rural History, talked about the mythology around the war and the economic opportunities it created for Canada. He said the 1914-1918 period was a turning point around which Canada’s national narrative is organized, and that while the war may have had a big impact on the economy, it didn’t transform or revolutionize it.

A professor emeritus in U of G’s College of Arts, McCalla studies Canadian rural history, Canadian economic and social history, and Ontario history and settlement.