Professor Jack Granatstein

Friday, November 2nd 2018 | 7:00pm

Canada's Hundred Days, 1918: The Greatest Victory. Most Canadians have heard of Vimy Ridge. Very few know of the Hundred Days, the series of great battles led by the Canadian Corps from August 8 to the Armistice on November 11, 1918. Then Canada's 100,000 men defeated one-quarter of the German Army on the Western Front in the most significant battlefield victories in Canadian history. The cost was terrible, but the Canadians played a hugely disproportionate share in winning the Great War. It is long past time for Canadians to know and remember what their great-grandfathers did a century ago.


Jack Granatstein 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 75 titles to his credit. 

Granatstein was born in Toronto in 1939. He attended the Royal Military College, the University of Toronto, and Duke University, served in the Canadian Army (1956-66), then joined the History Department at York University, Toronto (1966-95) where he is Distinguished Research Professor of History Emeritus.

In 2008, the Conference of Defence Associations awarded 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." He was instrumental in creating the new home for the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, where he was Director and CEO from 1998 to 2000. He is co-curator of the Museum's Hundred Days 1918 exhibit.

Granatstein's better known books include: The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History; The Generals; The Greatest Victory; Canada's Army; and Who Killed Canadian History?