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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Two Solitudes #nlpoli

“Newfoundland and Canada, separate countries for so long, exist as two solitudes within the bosom of a single country more than 65 years after Confederation. They do not understand each other very well.  Canadians can be forgiven if they do n… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Two Solitudes #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Through a glass, darkly #nlpoli

Imagine that Newfoundland history is enclosed inside a gigantic room.  Inside the room everything is pitch black.

Every now and again,  someone opens the door and goes inside the room to take a look at an event somewhere in the past.  They don’t have much in the way of light to help them see.  When . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Through a glass, darkly #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Great War and Newfoundland Political Memory #nlpoli

“It is sobering to think,”  historian Sean Cadigan wrote in the Telegram on Tuesday, “that the memory of the casualties of war has been used partially for later political purposes for almost a century.”

Cadigan was recounting the history of the ceremony on July 1 that started in 1917 to mark the anniversary of the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Great War and Newfoundland Political Memory #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Identity Crisis #nlpoli

Newfoundland is changing, Michael Crummey writes in the Newfoundland nationalists’ newspaper, the Globe and Mail.  House prices are climbing in St. John’s.  There are plenty of expensive restaurants around and people to eat the food and drink the wine sold there.

“But,”  says Crummey,  “while oil execs tuck into their gourmet fish, much of rural . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Identity Crisis #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Shapes and sizes #nlpoli

The Duke of Connaught,  Governor General of Canada and uncle of King George, visited St. John’s in the middle of July, 1914.  During his visit,  he officially opened a new park in St. John’s and inspected the paramilitary groups that formed the basis of Newfoundland’s defence plan in the event of war,  of just the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Shapes and sizes #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Remembering… or not #nlpoli

The news release that announced a provincial commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War includes right at the start a picture of two couples, one older, and a small child.

The photograph is curious.

Look closely at it.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Great War and Newfoundland Nationalism #nlpoli

This is a revised version of post that originally appeared on July 4, 2012.

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Mark Humphries is an historian at Memorial University.  He spoke with CBC’s Chris O’Neill-Yates on July 1, 2012 about the impact of Beaumont Hamel on Newfoundland and Labrador.

Humphries does an interesting job of putting the 700 dead and . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Great War and Newfoundland Nationalism #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Some Thoughts on Politics, Myth, and Identity #nlpoli

Your humble e-scribbler saw a couple of comments last week that said the NDP town hall on Muskrat Falls was a good argument against having a referendum on the megaproject.  Some people were quite badly misinformed, so the commentary went, not just… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Some Thoughts on Politics, Myth, and Identity #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Beaumont Hamel and the Newfoundland nation #nlpoli

Mark Humphries is an historian at Memorial University.  He spoke with CBC’s Chris O’Neill-Yates on July 1 about the impact of Beaumont Hamel on Newfoundland and Labrador.

Humphries does an interesting job of putting the 700 dead and wounded on that day into a larger context. He likened it to 161,000 Canadian males between 19 . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Beaumont Hamel and the Newfoundland nation #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A river runs through it #nlpoli

Jerry Bannister’s paper “A river runs through it:  Churchill Falls and the end of Newfoundland history” is now available in the latest issue of Acadiensis.

This paper was the basis for his talks last winter on myths in local politics and history and oil and “have” status.  They were well attended and prompted some pretty . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A river runs through it #nlpoli