Book co-authored by Dr. Dean Oliver and Dr. Jack Granatstein wins prestigious publishing prize

January 28, 2013

Ottawa, Ontario, January 28, 2013 — The Canadian War Museum is pleased to announce that a book co-authored by Dean Oliver, Director of Research and Exhibitions at the Canadian War Museum (recently appointed Director of Research at the Canadian Museum of Civilization), has been awarded the 2011 C.P. Stacey Prize honouring the year’s best book about the Canadian military experience. The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History was written by Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack Granatstein, noted historian and former Director General of the Canadian War Museum.

The Companion was published by Oxford University Press in association with the Canadian War Museum. It examines Canada’s role as both combatant and peacekeeper from the first colonial conflicts to the Afghanistan War. The book provides concise descriptions of the many events, personalities and military-political issues that have shaped Canada and affected its role and reputation on the world stage. The book is enhanced with over 200 images of rare photographs, paintings and maps—many of which are held in the War Museum’s collections.

“My congratulations to Dean Oliver and Jack Granatstein for their achievement in writing this invaluable volume and earning this prestigious award,” said Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, which operates the Canadian War Museum. “We are proud of our association with the authors and our role in the publication of this treasure trove of information and insight about Canada’s military history.”

The C.P. Stacey Prize is named in honour of the late Colonel Charles Perry Stacey, author, academic and long-serving Official Historian at the Department of National Defence. His work on the official histories of the Canadian army during the Second World War is considered a model for similar histories. This award honours his commitment to furthering the field of military history. 

The prize is awarded by the Canadian Committee for the History of the Second World War and the Canadian Commission for Military History. Among the other finalists for the 2011 Prize was Corps Commanders by Douglas E. Delaney. It was published by the University of British Columbia Press in association with the Canadian War Museum as part of the Studies in Canadian Military History series.

The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history. Its mission is to promote public understanding of Canada’s military history in its personal, national, and international dimensions.

– 30 –

Media contacts:

Yasmine Mingay
Manager, Public Affairs
Canadian War Museum
Telephone: 819-776-8608

Avra Gibbs Lamey
Communications and Media Relations Officer
Canadian War Museum
Telephone: 819-776-8607


For more information, follow us on