Brock Millman







Professor Brock Millman In Memoriam

The History Department is mourning the loss of a dear friend, colleague, and teacher – Professor Brock Millman died on 3 December 2018 at the age of 54.

A graduate of The University of Western Ontario, the University of London, and McGill University, Brock joined the faculty of his alma mater in 2001. His teaching in military history and International Relations was shaped by an incisive mind and animated by an acerbic wit. His standards were high and he expected a lot from his students, but at the same time he was a very forgiving teacher whose kindness knew few bounds.

As a scholar, Brock’s range was impressive. After publishing fine monographs on AngloTurkish relations, the British government, Somaliland, and Canada during the First World War, he turned to researching the Irish Revolution – a history that he found charmingly irrational. He had an encyclopedic memory, from which he could pull endless amusing references from obscure and unusual archival collections that he had visited.

Brock would cringe at being called “passionate” about anything, so we’ll just say that he was deeply committed to many things – to scholarship, to his family and friends, to his students, to his Regiment. His integrity was complete; he was a man to whom principles mattered a great deal. His sense of duty and service was strong – Brock went to Afghanistan in part because, having sent his own soldiers there for many years, he believed that it was only right that he send himself as well.

We shall never know what wonderful books Brock would have written if he had the chance – or what lectures he would have given, what seminars he would have led. But we know that we have lost a remarkable mind, a true heart, and an unquenchable spirit. Go well, dear friend.

-Professor Jonathan Vance

Donations will be accepted to the Colonel Brock Millman Memorial Fund.

Cheques can be made out to the “Colonel Brock Millman Memorial Fund” and mailed to:

The Colonel Brock Millman Memorial Fund
15 Wellington Street,
St. Thomas
N5R 2P3

 Funds will be used to help/assist at risk Veterans.

Research Interests

Professor Millman was completing a manuscript dealing with political developments in Botswana between 1945 and 1960. He was also engaged in research concerning the Irish revolution, 1916-1921.

Professional Service

Brock Millman was a Western under-graduate prior to going on to the University of London and McGill. Before arriving at Western to teach, he taught at the University of Windsor, the University of British Columbia and the Royal Military College. He authored a number of articles and books on international relations and its domestic connections 1917-1940. He authored a book with a focus on the Canadian home front during the First World War, published by the University of Toronto Press. His research concerned imperial administration. He completed one study of the administration of the Somaliland Protectorate, currently under consideration, and was undertaking research into the constitutional history of the British Protectorate in Bechuanaland (Botswana). In another capacity, he was an Army Reserve Officer who was always interested in issues concerning the contemporary Canadian Military, about which he published several articles.

Select Publications


Policy Book Cover (2016) Polarity, Patriotism, and Dissent in Great War Canada, 1914-1919 University of Toronto Press, 336 pp.
Winner of the 2016 C.P. Stacey Prize
Policy Book Cover (2014) British Somaliland: An Administrative History, 1920-1960 Routledge Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern History, 316 pp.
Policy Book Cover (2001) Pessimism and British War Policy, 1916-1918 CASS Series: British Politics and Society, 336 pp.
Domesitc Book Cover (2000) Managing Domestic Dissent in First World War Britain CASS Series: British Politics and Society, 352 pp.
Ill Made Book Cover (1998) The Ill-Made Alliance: Anglo-Turkish Relations, 1934-1940 McGill-Queen's University Press, 536 pp.