Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Matthew Barrett

Ph.D. Candidate
Canadian Military History

 

Email: 12mkb1@queensu.ca

 

Education

M.A. Queen's University, 2013
B.A. Honours, University of Toronto, 2011


About

Matt Barrett is a second-year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Allan English. He studies how the conception of warfare as taking place on the “field of honour” influenced public perceptions of military service, death and shell shock during the First World War. Additional research focuses on Canadian public and institutional attitudes toward suicide in the military. His other interests include illustration, animation and caricature. He recently illustrated a First World War graphic novel. He also has developed an online project to detail every battalion commander in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Website "Patriots, Crooks and Safety-Firsters: Colonels of the CEF" http://matthewkbarrett.com/

Publications

(R) “‘Hero of the Half-Breed Rebellion’: Gabriel Dumont and Late Victorian Military Masculinity,” Journal of Canadian Studies, 48.3 (Fall 2014): 79-107.

With Allan English. “Fallen on the Field of Honour?: Attitudes of the Canadian Public towards Suicides in the Canadian Military–1914-2014,” Canadian Military Journal, 15.4 (Fall 2015).

“Soldier-Candidates and the 1917 Wartime Election,” Active History (13 October 2015)  http://activehistory.ca/2015/10/soldier-candidates-and-the-1917-wartime-...

 “A Father’s Grief: The Case of Captain Robert Bartholomew,” Active History (16 June 2015) http://activehistory.ca/2015/06/a-fathers-grief-the-case-of-captain-robe...

Presentations

“‘Natural leaders of a democratic army’: Colonels of the Canadian Expeditionary Force,” 26th Military History Colloquium, Wilfrid Laurier University, 8 May 2015.

 “Attitudes of the Canadian Public towards Suicides in the Canadian Military–1914-2014,” 5th Canadian Institute of Military and Veterans Health Research Forum, Toronto, 25 November 2014.

 “‘Absolutely incapable of Carrying on’: Shell-Shock, Suicide and the Death of Lt-Col. Sam Sharpe,” 25th Military History Colloquium, Wilfrid Laurier University, 9 May 2014.