Western University HistoryWestern Social Science

Keith Fleming

- Associate Professor

Keith Fleming
PhD, The University of Western Ontario, 1988
Office: Lawson Hall 1208
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84967
Email: kfleming@uwo.ca
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Research Interests

Professor Fleming is a specialist in Canadian history and North American business history, with research interests in:

Teaching Philosophy

Effective teaching entails achieving a creative balance between communicating facts (although many historical “facts” are disputable), and enabling students to arrive at their own reasonable conclusions about the practical and intellectual implications of a particular historical event, personage, or idea. Through the examination of historiographical trends I attempt to convey to students the importance of repeatedly questioning and reinterpreting what is commonly regarded as knowledge and truth, not just in history, but in any subject. By assisting students to become diligent researchers, careful readers, clear and cogent writers, and critical interpreters and synthesizers of multiple forms of information, my underlying purpose is to communicate to them that informed and substantiated opinions are a hallmark of an educated and hopefully engaged citizen.

Current Research Projects

Currently I'm working on two book manuscripts.  One is a history of civil disobedience in Canada, which in turn will become the starting point of a larger study of movements of political protest in Canada from the nineteenth century to the present.  A question I am asking is whether historically there have appeared, within the broader North American context, uniquely Canadian manifestations of civil disobedience.

The second project is a history of Ontario spanning the late 16th century to the early 21st century that I'm writing for the University of Toronto Press. Unlike previous surveys of Ontario’s history which overstate the province’s regional divisions and diversity, a central objective of the book will be to describe how a distinctively Upper Canadian/Ontario identity evolved over time, and in particular since the mid-eighteenth century, by focusing on the political, social, cultural and economic events that contributed to the formation of provincial attitudes and perspectives reasonably deemed “Ontarian.”  The book will be comparable in scope to three excellent regional/provincial studies also published by University of Toronto Press:  Gerald Friesen, The Canadian Prairies: A History (1984), Jean Barman, The West Beyond the West:  A History of British Columbia (1993), and Sean A. Cadigan, Newfoundland and Labrador: A History (2009).

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