About Christopher Dummitt

I am a cultural and political historian who specializes in modern Canadian history, with an emphasis on political culture and the culture of everyday life and the way these intersect with political, intellectual and social developments.

I am a Chair of the Department of Canadian Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

My current book project (in press) is titled The People Unfooled: Mackenzie King's Secret Life and the Making of an Irreverent Democracy. In the first instance, it tells the story of how Canadians came to learn about the odd parts of Mackenzie King's private life in the years after he died. But more than this: it uses this example to explain how Canadian political culture was radically altered by the rise of more individualistic, psychological, rights-based ideas in the second half of the twentieth century.  

In 2011 I was the Guest Professor of Canadian Studies at the JFK Institute for North American Studies at the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin. Previously I taught at the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of London (2005-2007). I have degrees from Simon Fraser University (PhD), Dalhousie University (MA) and Trent University (BA).

I have published two books, The Manly Modern: Masculinity in the Postwar Years (Vancouver 2007) and (co-edited with Michael Dawson) Contesting Clio’s Craft: New Directions and Debates in Canadian History (London, 2009). My research has appeared in refereed journals including Histoire Social/Social History, Labour/Le Travail, The Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, BC Studies as well as scholarly edited collections. My essays, op-eds and reviews appear in a variety of magazines, newspapers and journals.  

You can contact me at: cdummitt [at] trentu.ca


  1. I am greatly enjoying your blog and check it every couple of days for updates. Please keep it up!

  2. Your blog has renewed my interest in History-- thank you!!

    1. Can't think of a nicer compliment. Thanks.

  3. I think that you should write an article about how the depiction of masculinty on the AMC show Mad Men is either accurate(or not). It would get picked up in the wider press and increase the number of visitors to your blog and it would be a great follow up to the manly modern-think of the royalties if it goes into a second edition printing..... You can borrow my dvd's if you like-I have seasons 1-4 :)

  4. Excellent blog, Chris. I'm sorry I've only just discovered it now.

  5. I enjoy your blog - and everyday history in general (I like to think of it as history I can touch). I thought you might find this post interesting:


  6. 'history I can touch' - I love it. I might just have to use it.

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