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Peter Moogk was born in 1943 in West Chiltington, England to Canadian parents. Moogk received primary and secondary schooling in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan.
Moogk undertook his first two years of university studies at the University of Saskatchewan from 1961-1963. Soon after, he transferred to the University of Toronto, where he completed a B.A. Hons. degree in History in 1965. In 1966, Moogk completed an M.A. in History. By 1973, Moogk received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Toronto after defending a thesis titled “A Social History of the Craftsmen of New France.”
Moogk became an assistant professor in the University of British Columbia’s History department in 1969. He advanced to the position of associate professor in 1977 and professor in 2000. Moogk’s scholarly research focused on American loyalist history from 1774-1800; the social and cultural history of early French Canada, including Acadia, prior to 1800; eighteenth century European and colonial currency; Ontario’s Niagara region before 1867; and twentieth-century Canadian military history.
In addition to publishing several monographs and numerous articles, Moogk was an active member of many provincial and national historical societies, including the British Columbia Heritage Society, the Canadian Historical Association, the Canadian Numismatic Association, the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, and the French Colonial Historical Society. Moogk was also involved in local historical societies in the province which focused on transit history, including the Steveston Interurban Restoration Society and the Transit Museum Society.
Moogk’s contributions to academia and historical societies were affirmed by numerous awards, including the Saint-Marie Prize for outstanding contributions to seventeenth century Canadian History (1975) and the Alfred A. Heggoy prize of the French Colonial Historical Society for the best book on French colonial history published in 2000.
Moogk retired in 2005, and in 2006, he became professor emeritus.