The Dorchester Review

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The Dorchester Review
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EditorC. P. Champion
CategoriesHistory and culture
FounderC. P. Champion
First issueJune 1, 2011; 8 years ago (2011-06-01)
Based inOttawa

The Dorchester Review is a semi-annual magazine of history and historical commentary founded in 2011 and published in Ottawa, Canada. The magazine describes itself as a non-partisan outlet for "elements of tradition and culture inherent to Canadian experience that fail to conform to a stridently progressivist narrative."[1]


The journal is named after Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester, Governor of the Province of Quebec and British North America. The choice of "a bewigged British soldier, an ...unapologetic colonial governor from the pre-democratic era" is intended to underscore the journal's belief that "history consists of more than a parade of secular modern progressives."[1] Its core readership consists of 50% professionals and businesspeople, 10% academics, 15-20% politicians, and 20-25% eclectic readers.[2]

Editorial stance[edit]

National Post columnist Barbara Kay described the Dorchester Review as "politically incorrect and iconoclastic" writing which resists "the prevailing progressivist view that historians must choose between a right and wrong side of history," without catering to a specific ideology. Jonathan Kay has described it as "the only high-level publication in Canada that examines our history and traditions without even a passing nod to academic fashions and identity politics."[2] The Literary Review of Canada cited The Dorchester Review among works that "might...prompt readers to rethink the way in which not all liberals are Liberals and not all conservatives sound like the Conservatives."[3] Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper was observed reading the journal in Canada's House of Commons, contributing to its image as a right-wing publication.[2] Founding editor C.P. Champion is a former senior advisor to Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney, and the author of The Strange Demise of British Canada (MQUP, 2010) and Relentless Struggle: Saving the Army Reserve 1995-2019 (Durnovaria, 2019).[4]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Dorchester Review — About". The Dorchester Review. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "The Dorchester Review — the little magazine that can". National Post. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  3. ^ Jerry White (June 2013). "Political Inheritance". Literary Review of Canada. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  4. ^ Gil Taylor (19 September 2019). "The battle to save the Canadian Forces' army reserve". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 23 September 2019.

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