Dr. William Hamilton's interest in history stretches back decades.
Through teaching and writing, he believes in a "backward into
history" approach that he first introduced in his 1974 book Local
History in Atlantic Canada. In essence, one must "start with the
local community then work out in concentric circles to the province,
the region, the nation, the world" in order to gain a personal
perspective on broader issues.
Bill taught history at the secondary school level in Nova Scotia and
at the university level in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario,
United Kingdom, and Australia. He is professor emeritus in the
Faculty of Social Sciences at Mount Allison University. Since retiring in Sackville, New Brunswick, Bill has worked as a freelance journalist and historian. He
is a regular contributor to CBC Radio and the Sackville Tribune-Post.