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Daniel Byers

Daniel Byers

Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts
School of Liberal Arts
Faculty of Arts


  • BA Hons (Wilfrid Laurier University), 1991
  • MA (Wilfrid Laurier University), 1993
  • PhD (McGill University), 2001


Canadian military history/war and society in Canada



  • HIST 2176EL (Canadian Military History)
  • HIST 2316EL (Introduction to Military History)
  • HIST 2337EL (History of the United States From the Civil War)
  • HIST/POLI 2626EL (Canadian Prime Ministers and Politics)
  • HIST 3027EL (Canadian Defence Policy and Civil-Military Relations: A Historical Perspective)
  • HIST 3066EL (Cities in Canada: An Historical Perspective)
  • HIST 3176EL (Canada in World Affairs)
  • HIST 3196EL (Canada in the 20th Century: Historical Problems)
  • HIST 3526EL (The United States in the Twentieth Century World)
  • HIST 3847EL (Modern War)
  • HIST 4125EL (Canada and War, 1914-1945)


​Recent publications:

  • "Canada and the Mobilization of Manpower during the Second World War."  In Douglas E. Delaney, Mark Frost, and Andrew L. Brown, eds., Manpower and the Armies of the British Empire in the Two World Wars.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2021.
  • "The Battle for History: Nova Scotia's 85th Battalion and the Capture of Hill 145, Vimy Ridge, 1917-1943/La lutte pour une place dans l'histoire : le 85e Bataillon de la Nouvelle-Écosse et la prise de la cote 145 sur la crête de Vimy, 1917-1943."  Canadian Military Journal/ Revue militaire canadienne, Vol. 17, No. 2, Spring 2017: 34-44.
  • Zombie Army: The Canadian Army and Conscription in the Second World War.  Vancouver and Toronto: University of British Columbia Press, 2016.
  • "J.L. Ralston as Minister of National Defence During the Second World War: A Reassessment/Examen rétrospectif du mandat de J.L. Ralston, ministre de la Défense nationale pendant la Deuxième guerre mondiale." Canadian Army Journal/ Le Journal de l'Armée du Canada, Vol. 16, No. 1, Spring 2015: 70-95/76-103.
  • "J.L. Ralston and the First World War: The Origins of a Life of Service."  Canadian Military History, Vol. 22, No. 1, Winter 2013: 3-16.