Authorized to supervise theses. and Full Professor, Department of History

1997 – PhD, McGill University
1987 - MA, McGill University
1984 - BA, McGill University

Desmarais Building
55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 9124
Office Hours: Monday 13:00 - 14:00 ,Thursday 14:30 - 15:30

Office Phone: 613-562-5800 ext. 1277

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Serge Durflinger


Courses Taught

  • HIS 1101 The Making of Canada
  • HIS 1501 La formation du Canada
  • HIS 2364 Contemporary Canada
  • HIS 2764 Le Canada contemporain
  • HIS 3314 The Second World War
  • HIS 4135 Canada and the World Wars
  • HIS 5103 Canada and Empire
  • HIS 5503 Le Canada et la guerre



Current Research

As of 2016, my main research interests concern veterans' history, First World War commemoration and aspects of French Canada's reaction to, and participation in, both world wars.


Selected Publications


  • Veterans with a Vision: Canada's War Blinded in Peace and War. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2010.
  • Fighting from Home: The Second World War in Verdun, Quebec. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2006.
  • Lest We Forget: A History of the Last Post Fund 1909-1999. Montreal: The Last Post Fund, 2000.


(Edited Collections):

  • With Douglas E. Delaney, Capturing Hill 70: Canada's Forgotten Battle of the First World War. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016. (forthcoming)
  • With Jeffrey Keshen, War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada. Toronto: Thomson-Nelson, 2006.


(Articles and Book Chapters):

  • "Vimy's Consequence?: The Montreal Anti-Conscription Disturbances, May-September 1917." In Turning Point Year 1917: The British Empire at War, edited by Douglas E. Delaney and Nikolas Gardner. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017. (Forthcoming)
  • “Remembering Hill 70 in its Time and ours." In Capturing Hill 70: Canada's Forgotten Battle of the First World War, edited by Douglas E. Delaney and Serge Marc Durflinger. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016.
  • “Safeguarding Sanctity: Canada and the Vimy Memorial during the Second World War.” In Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Re-assessment, edited by Geoffrey Hayes, Andrew Iarocci, and Michael Bechthold, 291-305. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press,  2007.
  • “'Six Thousand Tons of Fighting Apparatus': The Visit of the German Cruiser Karlsruhe to Vancouver, March 1935”, The Northern Mariner. Vol. XVI, No. 2 (April 2006): 1–13.
  • “Owing Allegiance: The British Community in Verdun, Québec during the Second World War”, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Vol. 36, No. 1 (2004): 1-20.
  • “Making Wartime Continue: War Industry and Economic Recovery in Verdun, Quebec 1941-1946.” In Canada 1900-1950: A Country Comes of Age, edited by Serge Bernier and John Macfarlane, 77-86. Montreal: Organization for the History of Canada, Montreal, 2003.
  • “'Nothing Would Be Too Much Trouble': Hometown Support for H.M.C.S. Dunver, 1943-1945”, The Northern Mariner, Vol. XII, No. 4 (October 2002): 1–12.
  • With Clifford Quince, “Through the Eye of the Lens: Photographs from Aboard the Frigate HMCS Dunver, 1943-45”, Canadian Military History, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Spring 2001): 60–68.
  • “‘I regret to inform you...’: Next-of-kin Notification and Official Condolences, the Case of Flight Lieutenant George J. Chequer, RCAF,” Canadian Military History, Vol. 9, No. 4 (Autumn 2000): 44–55.
  • “Serving Whose Interests?: The R.C.N. and Naval Diplomacy in El Salvador, 1932.” In Canadian Gunboat Diplomacy, the Canadian Navy, and Foreign Policy, edited by Ann L. Griffiths, Peter T. Haydon, and Richard Gimblett, 27-44. Halifax: Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, 2000.
  • “A Touch of Home: the War Services of the Salvation Army”, Canadian War Museum Dispatches, No. 12 (May 2000).  Republished in Vanguard, (January 2001): 28-30 and The War Cry, (November 2000): 9-12.
  • With Barbara Dundas, “The Canadian Women’s Army Corps, 1941-1946,” Canadian War Museum Dispatches, No. 5 (April 1999): 1-4.
  • With Bill Andrews, “Fortress Europe: German Coastal Defences and the Canadian Role in Liberating the Channel Ports,” Canadian War Museum Dispatches No. 3 (January 1999): 1-4.  
  • “Bagarres entre militaires et ‘zoot-suiters’ survenues à Montréal et à Verdun, juin 1944.” In L’impact de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale sur les sociétés canadienne et québécoise, edited by Serge Bernier, 7-21. Ottawa: Université du Québec à Montréal et la Direction Histoire et patrimoine de la Défense nationale, 1998.
  • “Otter’s Wound and other Matters”: The ‘Debate’ Between William Dillon Otter and Lawrence Buchan, Canadian Military History, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Autumn 1998): 55-60.
  • Les Purs Canayens: French Canada and Recruitment during the First World War”, Canadian War Museum Dispatches, No. 1 (November 1998): 1-4.
  • “The Canadian Defence Quarterly 1933-35: The Military Writing of a Bygone Era,” Canadian Defence Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 6 (1991): 43-47.

Fields of Interest

  • Post-confederation Canada
  • Canadian military and diplomatic history
  • Naval history
  • War and society
  • Commemoration and memory
  • The world wars
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