"Crerar’s Lieutenants" wins the 2017 C.P. Stacey PrizePosted: Thursday, December 06, 2018
Crerar’s Lieutenants: Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939-45 by Geoffrey Hayes is the winner of the 2017 C.P. Stacey Prize, awarded by the Canadian Committee for the History of the Second World War.
From the Committee:
"The Stacey Prize Committee members were unanimous to grant the 2017 prize to Geoffrey Hayes, for his book: Crerar's Lieutenants. Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939-1945, Vancouver, UBC Press, 2017.
Hayes' focus on junior commissioned ranks is new and absolutely integral to understanding the Second World War training and combat successes. This book is a mature study that brings to bear multiple perspectives. The author utilizes comparative analysis, examines allied historiography, including transnational sources and ideas, and he challenges myths in the field. He draws upon concepts of masculinity and their impact on these junior officers. He reaches well balanced conclusions in which he demonstrates that he has achieved considerable insight into and empathy for the junior officers who are his subject. The Committee was impressed at how he weaves together superb literary sources and succeeds in shedding new light on all these categories of historical record. To the Committee this book, while a page-turner, reflects also decades of research and teaching in wich Geoffrey Hayes is recognized as a leading scholar."
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