Department of History

DEPARTMENT OF

History

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Allan English EnglishAllan.jpg

Associate Professor
Canadian Military History

 

Email: kmg1@sympatico.ca
History Graduate Office: 613-533-6931
Fax: (613) 533-6298
Office: Watson Hall 129
Office hours: By appointment

 

Education

B.A. (1971), M.A. (1987) (Royal Military College of Canada)
Ph.D. (1994) (Queen's University)   


Curriculum Vitae

About

Allan English served in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for 25 years in various operational and instructional positions as an air navigator. He completed his MA in War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) in 1987 and taught in the Military Psychology and Leadership Department there until he retired from the CAF in 1991. He completed his PhD in history at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario in 1993. His book, The Cream of the Crop: Canadian Aircrew 1939-45 examines the RCAF's selection and training procedures and its policies governing aviators who were judged to have a "lack of moral fibre" (LMF). He completed a number of studies on military culture, leadership, and command and control under contract to Defence Research and Development - Canada, one of which was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in 2004 as Understanding Military Culture: A Canadian Perspective. His most recent works in this area are “Outside Canadian Forces Transformation Looking In” (2011), “The Impact of Canadian Military Culture on the Defence Team” (2015) and “Cultural Dissonance: Ethical Considerations from Afghanistan” (2016).

Dr English has taught courses in the Theories of War, Air Warfare, and Human Behaviour in War at the post-graduate level in the War Studies and Continuing Education programmes at RMCC. He has also taught extensively at the Canadian Forces College (CFC), Toronto in subjects related to senior officer professional military education and he was Co-Chair of the Aerospace Studies Department at CFC from 2001 to 2005. He has edited or coedited three books on the operational art published by the Canadian Defence Academy Press: The Operational Art - Canadian Perspectives: Context and Concepts (2005); The Operational Art - Canadian Perspectives: Leadership and Command (2006); and The Operational Art - Canadian Perspectives: Health Service Support (2006). His most recent publication in this area is “Whatever Happened to Mission Command in the CAF?” (2014).

Some of his current research is focussed on how lessons learned from historical experience can be applied to improve military, veteran and family health policies and practices today and in the future. He has been associated with the Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) since its inception in 2010. He is a member of CIMVHR’s College of Peer Reviewers and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Military Veteran and Family Health. Three of his most recent publications in this area are “How the ‘New Military History’ can support Military, Veteran and Family Health Research” (2015); (with Matthew Barrett), “‘Fallen on the Field of Honour?’ Attitudes of the Canadian Public towards Suicides in the Canadian Military, 1914-2014” (2015) and “Sex and the Soldier: The Effect of Competing Ethical Value Systems on the Mental Health and Well Being of Canadian Military Personnel and Veterans” (2016).

In November 2015 he was given the Queen’s University Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Courses Taught

HIST 876 Canada at War

Principal fields for graduate supervision:

Canadian Military History, including historical aspects of military, veteran and family health; human behaviour in war; military leadership and command; and air warfare.

Major Publications

Selected Books and Articles

“Cultural Dissonance: Ethical Considerations from Afghanistan.” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 22, no.2 (Summer 2016), 1-10 (DOI: 10.1080/11926422.2016.1176937).

with Robert Engen. “Leading change in Canadian military medicine: determinants of success, 1685–2016.” Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health 2, no. 1 (April 2016), 87-90 at http://digital.utpjournals.com/i/679332-volume-2-issue-1-april-2016.

“Sex and the Soldier: The Effect of Competing Ethical Value Systems on the Mental Health and Well Being of Canadian Military Personnel and Veterans.” In Stéphanie A.H. Bélanger and Daniel Lagacé-Roy, eds. Military Operations and the Mind: War Ethics and Soldiers' Well-being. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016, 191-208.

“How the ‘New Military History’ can support Military, Veteran and Family Health Research.” Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health 1, no. 2 (November 2015), 81-2 at http://jmvfh.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.3138/jmvfh.1.2.012.

with Matthew Barrett. “‘Fallen on the Field of Honour?’ Attitudes of the Canadian Public towards Suicides in the Canadian Military, 1914-2014.” Canadian Military Journal 15, no. 4 (Autumn 2015), 22-9 at http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/vol15/no4/page22-eng.asp.

“The Impact of Canadian Military Culture on the Defence Team.” In Irina Goldenberg et al., eds. The Defence Team: Military and Civilian Partnership in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence. Kingston, ON: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2015, 123-42.

“Whatever Happened to Mission Command in the CAF?” Canadian Military Journal 14, no. 3 (Summer 2014), 73-5 at http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/vol14/no3/page73-eng.asp.

with Sydney Dale-McGrath. "Overcoming Systemic Obstacles to Veteran Transition to Civilian Life." In Alice B. Aiken and Stephanie A.H. Belanger, eds. Beyond the Line: Military and Veteran Health Research. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013, 249-64.

“From Combat Stress to Operational Stress: The CF's Mental Health Lessons from the ‘Decade of Darkness.’” Canadian Military Journal 12, no. 4 (Autumn 2012), 9-17, at http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/vol12/no4/doc/English-pages917.pdf.

“Not Written in Stone: Social Covenants and Resourcing Military and Veterans Health Care in Canada.” In Alice B. Aiken and Stephanie A.H. Belanger, eds. Shaping the Future: Military and Veteran Health Research. Kingston, ON: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2011, 230-8 available at https://cimvhr.ca/documents/Shaping-the-Future.pdf.

“Outside Canadian Forces Transformation Looking In.” Canadian Military Journal 11, no. 2 (2011), 12-20 at http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/vo11/no2/04-english-eng.asp

Command and Control of Canadian Aerospace Forces: Conceptual Foundations. Trenton, ON: CF Aerospace Warfare Centre, 2008 at http://airforceapp.forces.gc.ca/CFAWC/eLibrary/pubs/C2_Conceptual_Foundations.pdf.

With J. Don Richardson, Kathy Darte, Stéphane Grenier, and Joe Sharpe. “Operational Stress Injury Social Support: A Canadian Innovation in Professional Peer Support.” Canadian Military Journal 9, no. 1 (nd [2008]), 57-64 at http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/vo9/no1/09-richardson-eng.asp

With Richard Gimblett and Howard Coombs. Networked Operations and Transformation: Context and Canadian Contributions. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007.

With John Westrop. Canadian Air Force Leadership and Command: The Human Dimension of Expeditionary Air Force Operations. Trenton, ON: CF Aerospace Warfare Centre, 2007 at http://airforceapp.forces.gc.ca/CFAWC/eLibrary/pubs/Leadership_and_Command-2007-01-19.pdf.

Editor with James C. Taylor. The Operational Art - Canadian Perspectives: Health Service Support. Kingston, ON: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2006.

Editor. The Operational Art - Canadian Perspectives: Leadership and Command. Kingston, ON: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2006.

Editor with Daniel Gosselin, Howard Coombs, and Laurence M. Hickey. The Operational Art - Canadian Perspectives: Context and Concepts. Kingston, ON: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2005.

Understanding Military Culture: A Canadian Perspective. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004 http://www.mqup.mcgill.ca/book.php?bookid=1693.

“Leadership and Operational Stress in the Canadian Forces.” Canadian Military Journal 1, no. 3 (Autumn 2000), 33-8 at http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/vo1/no3/doc/33-38-eng.pdf.

The Cream of the Crop: Canadian Aircrew 1939-1945. McGill-Queen's University Press, 1996. http://www.mqup.mcgill.ca/book.php?bookid=337