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Alan Gordon holds a BA from the University of Toronto and both an MA and PhD in History from Queen’s University at Kingston. A member of the History Department at the University of Guelph since 2003, he has also been an active participant in the Tri-University program since that date, working with students on such diverse topics as local Ontario museums, the idea of the citizen soldier, the building of Maple Leaf Gardens, capital punishment in Canada, and antimodernism. Professor Gordon sits on the advisory boards of H-Canada and the “Canadians and their Pasts” project, and is the English-language editor of the Urban History Review/Revue d’histoire urbaine. His publications concentrate on Quebec and Canadian urban history, political history, and in particular centre on questions of history and memory.
Recent publications include Making Public Pasts: The Contested Terrain of Montréal’s Public Memories, 1891-1930 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, Studies on the History of Québec / Études d’histoire du Québec 2001); “Heritage and Authenticity: The Case of Ontario’s Sainte-Marie-among-the-Hurons,” Canadian Historical Review (September 2004); “The New Cultural History and Urban History: Intersections,” Urban History Review/Revue d’histoire urbaine (Fall 2004); and “Heroes, History, and Two Nationalisms: Jacques Cartier,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association (1999).On going projects include a study of representations of the explorer Jacques Cartier in 19th and 20th century Canada, and an examination of the development of Canada’s living history museums and the historical messages they have produced.
Urban History Review/Revue d’histoire urbaine: