ISITT, Benjamin

Challenging some conventional memories of World War I, UVic historian Benjamin Isitt has told the little-known story of how and why some 4,200 Canadian soldiers were sent from Victoria to Vladivostok in 1918 to help defeat Bolshevism in From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada’s Siberian Expedition, 1917-19 (UBC Press 2010) $85. 978-0-7748-1801-8

In the late 1950s, half of B.C.’s workers belong to unions. Benjamin Isitt’s Militant Minority (UTP 2010 $35) examines the rise of left wing activism in B.C. that resulted in the election of Dave Barrett’s NDP government in 1972, focusing the post-war influence of the Communist Party and the CCF from 1948 onwards. 978-1-4426-1105-4

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada's Siberian Expedition, 1917-1919
Militant Minority: British Columbia Workers and the Rise of a New Left, 1948-1972