Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario
November 3rd and 4th, 2017
The History Department, of the Royal Military College of Canada will be hosting its annual Military History Symposium November 3rd and 4th 2017. The main theme of this bilingual symposium is L’histoire du maintien de la paix: Nouvelles perspectives / History of Peacekeeping: New Perspectives. Only sixty years ago Canadians in their “blue helmets” were at the forefront of one of the first UN peacekeeping missions to resolve the Suez crisis; an enterprise that won its sponsor Lester B. Pearson the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957. Since that time peacekeeping has undergone great changes both in Canada and worldwide. New historical studies are beginning to focus on this changing history and perspectives regarding peacekeeping’s origins, chronology, as well as its successes and failures. Current challenges to peacekeeping must lead us to rethink the place of peacekeeping in the military and political history of Canada and other nations in this distinct military and diplomatic endeavour.