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HIS101H5     Introduction to Historical Studies

This writing-intensive course introduces Historical Studies through a variety of exercises that will allow students to read models of good writing and to practise the integration of successful strategies into their own work. After a basic overview of the disciplines of Classics, Diaspora and Transnational Studies History, History of Religions and Women and Gender Studies, students will try different tools and approaches for developing the skills useful at every stage of the creative process from pre-writing and preliminary research through to editing and undergraduate publication. Each year will focus on a particular historical event that will appear as a recurring theme in readings and assignments.

HIS201H5     Introduction to Middle Eastern History

An introduction to the history of Islamic culture from its beginnings to modern times.


HIS203H5     The Making of the Atlantic World (1000-1800)

An introduction to African, European, and American peoples around and across the Atlantic Ocean between 1000 and 1800. Themes include ideologies and practices of exploration, conquest, and colonization; perceptions and misunderstandings; forced and voluntary migration; effects of disease; resistance and revolt; and the "Atlantic World" as a field of study.


HIS204H5     History Of The Ottoman Empire, 1299 -1923

This course provides an overview of the history of the Ottoman Empire, the longest lasting Muslim superpower and a major player in world history, from its inception in 1299 until its dissolution after World War I. Among current members of the United Nations, close to 40 member states were, for periods ranging from 50 to 600 years, integral parts of the Ottoman state. Present-day conflicts in political hot-spots, such as the Middle East, Bosnia, Kosovo, Cyprus and the Caucasus can only be understood through exploring their origin in the Ottoman past. At the same time in many cases the Ottoman Empire was an example of tolerance and accommodation of various ethnic and religious groups.


HIS220H5     The Shape of Medieval Society

Introductory survey of European history from the late Roman Empire to the fifteenth century. During this period a distinctly Western European civilization, of which we are the heirs, emerged and reached maturity. This course will outline the major developments that account for the shape of medieval civilization and its influence on the thinking and institutions of subsequent centuries.


HIS221H5     Themes in Medieval History: From Antiquity to the Middle Ages in Europe, 300-1000

This course is a brief survey of the transition from ancient to medieval Europe (approximately a. 300-1000), that is from the Roman Empire to the regional kingdoms that succeeded it and served as the basis for the major political configurations of medieval and modern history. 


HIS222H5     Eastern Europe Since 1815

The course will provide a historical overview of the lands, peoples and states of Eastern Europe roughly encompassing the band of countries stretching from today's Poland to the Balkans from 1815 to the present. In addition to providing insight into the major historical events and developments, it will also raise and debate some of the following larger questions: does the name Eastern Europe mean more than a geographic concept, how were its experiences different or similar to those of the rest of Europe or other parts of the world, how did the histories of the various states and communities within the region resemble or differ, and how was the region significant for European and world history.


HIS230H5      Introduction to 19th - Century European History 1300-1815                                                                                                                               

European history from the late Middle Ages to the end of the Napoleonic Wars, emphasing the major political, cultural, economic and social changes that created early modern Europe.


HIS236H5     Introduction to British History

An introduction to some of the major themes of British history and civilization from the late seventeenth century. This includes - the emergence of industrial society, evangelical humanitarianism, parliamentary democracy, foreign and imperial issues such as the "Eastern Question", Victorianism, the "Irish Question", trade unionism, and war and society.


HIS241H5     Introduction to 19th Century European History

An introduction to the principal themes of western European history from the French Revolution to the 1890's.


HIS242H5     Introduction to Contemporary European HIstory 

The evolution of European politics, culture, and society from 1890: the origins and consequences of the two world wars, the Bolshevik Revolution and Stalinism, Fascism and Nazism, the post-1945 reconstruction and division of Europe. This course is essentially a continuation of HIS241H5.


HIS250H5     Introduction to Russian History

An introductory survey that examines the political, social, and cultural developments that shaped the Russian empire from the settlement of Kiev in the 9th century to the collapse of the Romanov dynasty in 1917.


HIS261H5     Introduction to Canadian History

A survey of the political, social, and economic history of Canada, topically treated from the beginning to the present. This course is intended for students from disciplines outside of History looking for a broad-ranging approach to Canadian history.


HIS263H5     The History of Canada

The department's most comprehensive survey of Canadian history, this course is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of history students, those preparing to teach and others who want to benefit from a full lecture course and weekly tutorials. The first half of the course examines the French colony along the St. Lawrence River and its conquest by Great Britain. How did French culture survive? Political topics include Rebellions and Confederation. The course also explores the many peoples who arrived on our shores: stone-age hunters, French soldiers and brides, white and black Loyalists, and famine Irish; as well as later waves heading to eastern cities and western prairies. Twentieth century topics include modern social movements; the nation at war; popular culture; consumer society; and issues of Canadian identity. Lectures, debates and weekly tutorials help students master historical methods.


HIS271H5     US History, Colonial Era to 1877

A survey of the main developments and themes of U.S. history from the colonial period to the end of Reconstruction.


HIS272H5     US History, 1877 - present

How did the US move from the Civil War to a world power? What have been the tensions between national ideals of "liberty for all" and US market expansion? Topics covered include: Jim Crow South; immigration and urbanization; Populism and the Progressivism; consumerism; many wars; post-45 social movements; Reaganism and after.


HIS282H5     Introduction to South Asian History

A critical introduction to the main themes and questions defining South Asian history from its beginnings to the present. Emphasis will be placed particularly on the period after the 1750s, which saw the emergence of British imperialism, anti-colonial struggles, and the formation of new nation states after 1947.


HIS283H5     Introduction to Southeast Asia

This course is a survey of Southeast Asian history from the classical to the post-colonial period. It particularly explores the themes of autonomous history, European-Asian collaboration and contestation and state development in the region.


HIS284H5      Introduction to East Asian History

A survey of East Asian civilization and history from antiquity to modernity. It particularly explores the interrelations of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cultural and political development.


HIS290H5     Introduction to Latin American History

An introduction to the history of Latin America from pre-conquest indigenous empires to the end of the 20th century. Lectures, films, readings, and tutorials explore a set of themes in historical context: nationalism, authoritarianism, religion, racism, patriarchy, and Latin America's multiple interactions with the outside world.


HIS295H5     Introduction to African History

This course will provide an introductory survey of the major themes, questions and transformations in African history from antiquity to the present. Particular focus will be given to exploring Africa as a social, political, cultural and geographical construct, both from within and in relation to global histories; the methods and sources of African history; pre-modern histories of religion, gender, labour systems and intellectual thought; and Africa in the modern world, including the nature of colonial societies, the problem of postcoloniality and historical understandings of the contemporary.


HIS299Y5     Research Opportunity Program

This courses provides a richly rewarding opportunity for students in their second year to work in the research project of a professor in return for 299Y course credit. Students enrolled have an opportunity to become involved in original research, learn research methods and share in the excitement and discovery of acquiring new knowledge. Participating faculty members post their project descriptions for the following summer and fall/winter sessions in early February and students are invited to apply in early March.


HIS300H5     Islam and Muslims in the Balkans

This course explores in some detail the specifics of Islamic civilization in the Balkans and the formation and fate of Muslim communities in the region from the Ottoman conquest until the present day. The Balkans, at one time an integral part of the longest living Islamic Empire, the Ottoman state, are nowadays the home of more than 6.5 million Muslims of various ethnic backgrounds. In spite of the growing body of scholarly literature on the subject and the significance of the region, the Balkans still remain marginalized or neglected in the context of both European history and the study of Muslim societies, while local Muslim communities have drawn popular attention primarily in connection to recent conflicts, such as the violent break-up of Yugoslavia. The course seeks to correct this imbalance and bring deeper and more nuanced understanding of how Islam and Muslims contributed to shaping Balkan society, demography, culture and politics, and their relationship to Europe and the larger Muslim world.


HIS306H5     The Cold War

This course will review the alliance systems and conflicts that dominated international relations in the period 1945-1991. It will examine specific incidents such as the Berlin Blockade and Airlift of 1948-49, the Hungarian uprising of 1956, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, and the Prague Spring, as well as the broader strategies and tactics that followed by the two superpowers and their allies. Particular attention will be given to the documentary evidence that has been declassified in the past two decades, and the light it sheds on earlier developments.

HIS307H5     The Russian Revolutions of 1917

This course will review the fall of the Romanovs and the coming to power of the Bolsheviks have been controversial. This course examines interpretations of the 1917 events using original sources from 1917 in English.


HIS308H5     The History of Women Pre- 1800

This course will review a selection of topics relating to the history of women in European society from ancient to early modern times.


HIS309H5     Anglo-Saxon England

This course will review a political, institutional and social history of England from the fifth to the eleventh centuries.


HIS310H5     The History of Women since 1800

This course will review a selection of topics relating to the history of women in modern European society.

HIS311H5     Introduction to Canadian International Relations        

This course will review the Canadian international affairs in a broader context. Anglo-American, Canadian-American relations; the European background to questions such as the League of Nations, appeasement and rearmament, which directly affected Canada without this country being consulted.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

HIS312H5      Canadian Communities 1600-2000                                                             

This course examines selected community interactions with the Canadian environment, society and polity. Lectures, novels and historical readings illuminate some or all of the following groups: First Nations, immigrant brides of New France, Underground Railway migrants, British orphans on Canadian farms, World War I Expeditionary Forces, Italian and Punjabi immigrants.                                                                               


HIS313H5      Canadian Working-Class History to 1919

This course focuses on the transition in Canada from a pre-industrial society to an industrial society, and the changing nature of work. It examines the impact of technological changes on jobs, themes of gender and ethnicity in the workforce, the emergence of the labour movement and workers' political action, working class family and community life, early standards legislation, workers and war, and the meaning of the Winnipeg General Strike 1919.


HIS314H5       20th Century Canadian Working - Class History

This course focuses on the changing place and definition of workers in modern Canadian society. It surveys the hard years of the Great Depression, workers' contributions to the Second World War, the rise and consolidation of the labour movement, and changing patterns of political action by workers. It examines the creation of a modern industrial relations system, legislative measures affecting workers on the job and during strikes and collective bargaining, the emergence of public sector employees and their negotiations, changing gender roles in the workforce, work experiences of immigrant workers, and Canadian workers' changing position in the global economy.


HIS318H5      Canadian Environmental History: Contact to Conservation

This course focuses on the interaction of people and the environment. Themes include environmental change as a result of: European exploration and settlement; the transfer of animals, plants and diseases; the impact of contact and the "Columbian exchange" on indigenous peoples; the fur trade; the lumber industry; the destruction of the bison, the reserves system, and immigrant settlers in the West; the emergence of the conservation movement in Canada.


HIS319H5      Canadian Environmental History: Conservation to the Modern Environmental Movement

This course focuses on the interaction of people and the environment in the 20th Century. Themes include the environmental impact of industrialization, urbanization, and the revolution in transportation, and of resource development in the mining, oil, and gas industries; the destruction and preservation of wildlife; parks and the wilderness idea; the modern environmental movement; the contested world of modern agriculture and the food industry; the collapse of the fisheries; Canadian public policy, environmental law, and Canada's international role concerning the environment. 


HIS326Y     History of Women in Canada, 1600-2000

This course samples the experience of women in various regions of Canada from pre-contact times through the First World War. Was Iroquoian society a matriarchy? Were women in New France more "liberated" than their 19th century granddaughters? Other topics include domestic servants, fur trade women, suffrage campaigns, Nellie McClung, World War II and Women's Liberation.

HIS327H5     From Aniquity to the Middle Ages: Europe 300-800

This course will lecture course on the transition from ancient to medieval civilization. Emphasizes the character of the source material and its role in shaping the interpretations of modern historiography.


HIS329H5    Modern Ireland

This course provides a topical analysis of modern Irish history concentrating on the conflict of constitutional, social, revolutionary and cultural nationalism. Topics include Fenianism, Home Rule, the 1916 rising, the partition of Ireland and the "time of trouble" in Northern Ireland since 1968. 


HIS330H5     Politics and Political Change in Latin America

Examines major movements and cultures in Latin American politics from independence to present day. Topics include: nineteenth-century militarism; revolutionary socialism in Cuba and Nicaragua; military dictatorships in Argentina, Brazil and Chile; and recent grassroots and transnational political movements. Emphasizes the integral roles of gender, race and the United States in the region's political processes.


HIS338H5     Politics and Political Change in Latin America

Examines major movements and cultures in Latin American politics from independence to present day. Topics include: nineteenth-century militarism; revolutionary socialism in Cuba and Nicaragua; military dictatorships in Argentina, Brazil and Chile; and recent grassroots and transnational political movements. Emphasizes the integral roles of gender, race and the United States in the region's political processes.


HIS339H5      Postwar Germany, 1945 -present

This course will explore the history of Germany beginning in 1945. We will examine the evolution of Germany from a dictatorship to a divided state by looking at Allied Policies in the 1940s, the economic wonder of the 1950s, and the tensions between East and West Germany until the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. This course will look at both East and West Germany's very different confrontations with the Nazi past, the student movement of the 1960s, domestic terrorism in the 1970s, the breakdown of communism in the 1980s, and the growing pains of reunification that exist to the present day. All of these developments will be seen through legal, political, cultural, and media trends.


HIS340H5      The Reformation in Europe

The focus of this course will be the religious movements of sixteenth century that are described collectively as the Reformation: Lutheranism, Calvinism, the Radical Reformation and the Counter-Reformation.


HIS345H5      The Popular Culture in Latin America

Examines popular culture and its relation to broader economic, social and political processes in modern Latin America. Analyzes the way that cultural forms - such as religious practice and belief; dance and sport; music and folklore; urban and rural fiestas; cinema and television - have shaped and been shaped by the evolution of the region since Independence.


HIS351H5      Twentieth Century Russia

The Social, economic, and political development of Twentieth-Century Russia: the Russian Revolution, Stalinism, the Cold War.


HIS357H5      The Renaissance

A cultural history of the 15th and 16th centuries set against the socio-economic background. The course will concetratre upon the development of the Renaissance in Italy and will deal with its manifestations in Northern Europe. 


HIS358H5     Canada Since World War Two

This course examines Canadian developments in the post-war period. It explores the tremendous economic expansion in that period. It surveys trends in immigration and urban development. The course also examines social movements and social change, as well as the growth of nationalism in Canada and Quebec.

HIS364H5      International Labour Migration

This course examines and compares the history of international labour migration from the trans-Atlantic African slavery, indentured Asian labour to the manual labour migration in the present day.

HIS366H5      Diasporic Histories & Culture

This course explores a number of significant historic diasporas - and sites of diaspora - from Constantinople to Al-Andalus to Shanghai, to the United States and the United Kingdom, and to Tel Aviv and the West Bank, through historical record, fiction, memoir and film.


HIS367H5      Diasporic Canada

This course explores the history of Canada as a recipient of diasporic communities, arriving from many parts of the world and bringing a great variety of cultures and experiences.


HIS368H5      The United States in the 20th Century

The First World War offers a focus for examining every aspect of Canadian Society in an age recognizable and different from our own. Lectures will address the basis for Canada's involvement in the conflict, the Canadian military response and the problems and achievements of the CEF overseas and the impact of the war on Canada itself. 


HIS369H5      Great Lakes Aboriginal History

This course explores the Algonkian and Iroquoian history from the eve of European contact to the present in the Great lakes region of today's Canada and the United States. Algonkian and Iroquoian societies in the 16th century, change over time, material culture, and inter-cultural realtions among natives and between natives and Euroamericans


HIS370H5      The American Revolution

A comprehensive examination of the causes, conduct, and consequences of thirteen British colonies' withdrawal from their empire. Topics will include English political theory and practice, the unification of the colonies into a new "Continental" government, the military course of the fighting, great-power interventions by Continental Europe, and the Revolution's place in history compared with the contemporaneous French and Haitian revolts. Readings include classic and recent historical writing as well as selected primary sources.


HIS371H5      The Americas: Interaction and Inequality

An introduction to the history of Americas (the present-day territories of the Caribbean, Canada, Latin America and the United States) from pre-conquest indigenous societies to the end of the 20th century. This course will explore the Americas as a zone of connection and interaction between people of distinct environments, cultures and experiences. It surveys the historical continuities and transformations within the region and its linkages to increasingly globalized networks of culture, communication and commerce.


HIS372H5      The United States in the 20th Century

Major developments in the economic, social, political, and cultural life of the United States during the past century as it grew from a burgeoning industrial nation to the leading Superpower.


HIS373H5      From the Gilded Age to the Jazz Age: The Emergence of Modern America, 1877-1929

Examines the major social, political and cultural developments of American society from the end of reconstruction to the stock market crash of 1929. Topics include the rise of mass culture; the growth of the corporation; labour politics; the rise of Jim Crow; the Populist revolt; Progressive Era reforms; WWI; women's suffrage; the Harlem Renaissance; and the "roaring" 1920s.


HIS372H5      The United States in the 20th Century


HIS374H5      Gender and Sexuality in the US, 1945-present

This class historicizes the intersectional analysis of gendered and sexed bodies after 1945. We explore topics such as normative gender expectations; reproductive freedom; masculinities; second-wave feminism; race, class and poverty; conservative backlash; media and gender/sexuality; LGBTQ social movements; trans histories. In terms of methods, I look forward to introducing students to experiments in digital history.


HIS378H5      East Asian Cities

An examination of the historical transformation of East Asian cities from the imperial to modern times. The course focuses especially on how cities have been planned, depicted, experienced. 

HIS381H5      The Politics of Asian Pacific War Memories

This course examines how Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea and the US try to remember the Asian Pacific War. It will particularly focus the bitterly contested representations of war atrocities such as the Nanjing Massacre, the comfort women system, and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


HIS382H5      Nationalism in Modern South Asia

This course foregrounds and examines the relationship between nationalism and popular movements 'from below', against the backdrop of variables such as class, community, gender and religion. In this regard, it relates the broader themes and question under review to the social history of varied groups such as peasants, the working class, tribals, lower castes and women in the era of colonialism, the national-liberation movement and the postcolonial nation-state.


HIS384H5      International Relations in Middle East - Regional Perspectives on the 20th Century

The discovery of oil, the establishment of the state of Israel and subsequent wars for Palestine, Pan-Arabism and Political Islam were the over-riding factors in the regional balance of power. This course examines international relations as they were shaped by state- and non-state actors in 20th Century Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and Syria.


HIS385H5      Orientalism and Occidentalism

This course reflects on Edward W. Said's seminal Study Orientalism. The first part focuses on the debates around academic representations of the Orient before and after Said's intervention: his critics, alternative perspectives and methodological elaborations. The second part dissects the ways in which Orientalism inhabits political forms of belonging such as romantic nationalism or Islamic fundamentalism, as well as colonial constructions of liberalism, race, gender and sexuality. The third part examines the ramifications of Orientalist knowledge production in the media and in visual culture. The course also raises questions of strategic reversals of Orientalism, and to what extent Occidentalism can be considered the non-Western equivalent to Western constructions of Otherness.


HIS386H5      Gender and History in Modern South Asia

This course seeks to understand the manifold ways in which gender has shaped South Asian history, with a particular emphasis on the period from the colonial era to contemporary times. The themes will include the relationship between gender, kinship, society and politics on the one hand and race, imperialism, nationalism, popular movements and religion on the other.


HIS387H5      Popular Culture in East Asia

This course seeks to understand the manifold ways in which gender has shaped South Asian history, with a particular emphasis on the period from the colonial era to contemporary times. The themes will include the relationship between gender, kinship, society and politics on the one hand and race, imperialism, nationalism, popular movements and religion on the other.


HIS388H5      Histories of Modern Hinduism in South Asia

This course examines the social, cultural and political history of Hinduism since 1800. Themes include Hindu socio-reform and political movements, public and popular engagements with Hinduism, and the role of religious institutions, sites, beliefs and rituals in crafting contestatory Hindu 'publics’ and ideologies. It emphasizes the nexus between gender, class, caste, region and the language of religion in shaping national and transnational political and cultural identities.


HIS389H5      Localities, Regions and Nations in South Asia

This course foregrounds and examines the role of localities and regions in forging social, cultural and political identities and cartographies in South Asian history before and after colonial rule. The course examines the shifting relationship between localities, regions and empires from 1200-1800, and thereafter in the era of colonialism, nationalism and post colonial nation-states. The course is especially interested in how social groups from the margins shaped, or alternatively contested political and spatial articulations of region, locality and nations.


HIS390H5      Revolutions and Nations in Latin America

Examines social revolutions in Guatemala, Bolivia, Cuba and Nicaragua. It emphasizes the historical linkages between these revolutions and national identity, and stresses the roles of gender, race and the United States in revolutionary processes. This course considers as well the counterrevolutionary politics of the 1970s and 1980s in Central America and the Southern cone. 


HIS391H5      Mexico from Aztec to Zapatista

This course examines the origins and evolution of Mexican society, from its prehispanic empires to the Mexican Revolution (1910-1940). Drawing on primary sources, literature, films and secondary texts, the course will track a set of historical themes, including ethnic identity, Catholicism, economic development and migration.


HIS392H5      Topics in Global History

An examination of global historical issues. Content in any given year depends on the instructor.


HIS393H5     Slavery and the American South

An examination of the role of slavery in the development of the American South from the early colonial period through the Civil War. Among the topics to be dealt with are: the origins of slavery, the emergence of a plantation economy, the rise of a slaveholding elite, the structure of the slave community, and the origins of the war.


HIS394H5      Race and Empire in Colonial South Asia

This course investigates the language of power and race underwriting the colonial state structure in South Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries. It examines the ways colonial ethnographic, geographical, scientific, medical and legal discourses emerged as fundamental cultural, political and ideological tools in the creation and maintenance of the British Empire.

HIS395H5      Topics in History: Modern African History

This course looks at the last one hundred years of modern African history. Tracing the conception of "modernity" and "history" in African studies, this course will examine the consolidation of colonial societies following World War One; transformations in gender, sexuality and identity politics; the roots of ethnic patriotisms, racial ideologies and African nationalisms; the role of violence in colonial and postcolonial governance; and contemporary challenges and potentials in historical perspective. While taking a comprehensive and comparative approach, particular attention will be paid to case 


HIS396H5      Modernity and Islam

The aim of this course is to engage students in the ongoing historiographical debates on modernity and Islam. Students will critically explore recent public discussions concerning "Islamic Fundamentalism," "Islamic Feminism," and "What Went Wrong" in the Islamic world.


HIS397H5      Iran's Islamic Revolution

This course explores the making of the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79 and the subsequent establishment of the Islamic Republic. Framed in a comparative perspective, it explains the cultural and political peculiarities that shaped the Islamist outcome of the Revolution. It examines the staging of the hostage crisis, the Iran-Iraq War, and the secularization of private lives.


HIS399Y5       Research Opportunity Program

For senior undergraduate students who have developed some knowledge of a discipline and its research methods, this course offers an opportunity to work on the research project of a professor. Students enrolled have an opportunity to become involved in original research, develop their research skills and share in the excitement and discovery of acquiring new knowledge. Project descriptions for the following fall-winter session are posted on the 
ROP website in mid-February and students are invited to apply at that time.


HIS402H5      Topics in the History of French Canada

The development of the French-Canadian community under leaders such as Papineau, Laurier, Duplessis and Trudeau. The course traces Quebec's economic development, and the birth and evolution of its nationalism. Novels and films provide insight in to this enduring culture, both in its home province and elsewhere in North America.


HIS403H5      Empire and Colonization in the French Atlantic

This course examines French imperial expansion into the Atlantic world during the 17th and 18th centuries. It focuses on two regional centres of colonial settlement: New France (including the upper country of the interior of North America) and the Caribbean.


HIS407H5      Imperial Germany 1871-1918

This course will explore Germany's history beginning with its unification and trace the events that led to the First World War and the end of the Imperial era. We will examine the Imperial period through various different focal points including unification and the legacy of Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Sonderweg debate, gender, nationalism, German Jews and the birth of modern antisemitism, German's brief colonial era, the path to war and the revolution of 1918. By reading historical texts, articles, and novels, and by addressing numerous historiographical debates, we will attempt to understand Germany's foundational period in the context of this country's troubled history.


HIS409H5     The Life Cycle in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

This course examines the daily lives of medieval and early modern Europeans as they moved through birth, infancy, childhood, adolescence, marriage, adulthood, old age and death. Special attention is given to the ways in which gender, social status and local custom shaped thoughts and experiences throughout the life cycle.


HIS413H5      Medieval and Early Modern Scotland

This course examines the political, social, cultural and religious history of Scotland from 1100 to 1707. Topics include the Anglo-Norman impact, the Wars of Independence, Stewart monarchy, the growth of towns and trade, Highlands and Lowlands, the medieval Church, the Protestant Reformation and Union with England.


HIS416H5      Canada and the Second World War

This course is primarily a social and cultural history of the Canadian experience during the Second World War. Themes include: women in the war plants, internment camps, war brides and war orphans, war and memory, displaced persons, the Holocaust, the atom bomb, and displaced persons in 1945.


HIS420H5      Topics in Medieval History

Critical evaluation of selected legal, literary and narrative sources. Thematic content will vary from year to year, but there will be an emphasis on social history.


HIS431H5      Modern China

A critical examination of the historiography of modern China. It is simultaneously a study of modern Chinese history and historiography in general.


HIS435H5      The Viking Age

A seminar on the history of Europe from the eighth to the eleventh centuries with emphasis upon the Scandinavians and their relations with western European civilization. Readings will be in both primary and secondary sources. 


HIS438H5      Remembering Atrocity: The Holocaust and Historical Memory in Europe and North America

This course will examine how Europe and North America confronts the Holocaust through the law, literature, left wing agitation, film, memorials and museums, and political debates. Among the focal points: the Nuremberg and postwar West German trials of Nazis, the fascination with Anne Frank, anti-fascist terror in 1970s Germany, The Berlin Memorial and the US Holocaust Museum, and films such as The Pianist and Schindler's List.


HIS440H5      Photography and American Culrure

Examines the history of photography in the United States, in relationship to society and culture. The course will follow three threads: the history of the medium, from 19th century daguerreotypes through 20th century fine art and documentary photography; the relationship between photography and American history, especially urbanization, the rise of commercial culture, and identity formation; and finally the history of the theory of photography, i.e., how photography has been understood as a medium.


HIS448H5      Memory, History and South Asia's Contested Pasts

This course focuses on the relationship between memory and the "traditions" of historical writing and remembering in the sub continent from 1200 to the present. It also focuses on the role of politics in mediating the region's multiple, often contesting histories in our period of study.


HIS452H5      The Great Depression in Canada

This course explores the social, economic and political crisis in the 1930s. It examines social welfare policies, cultural developments, themes of regionalism and federalism and political change.


HIS454H5      Race, Gender and Nation in Modern Latin America

This seminar examines the interconnected histories of race, gender and nation in Latin America. It studies the significance of race/racism and gender/patriarchy in the construction of national societies in Latin America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Subtopics include: slavery and Indian servitude; acculturation and eugenics; immigration and urbanization; machismo and marianismo; and current Indian and women's movements.


HIS461H5      History of Upper Canada

This course surveys Ontario before Confederation. Topics include aboriginal and immigrant settlements, gender roles and the rise of schooling. Also of interest are political topics: Loyalism, the Family compact, the 1837 Rebellion and Upper Canada's key role in shaping Confederation. Each student explores one key historical figure in depth through biographies and primary sources of a key Upper Canadian figure.


HIS475H5      The French Revolution

A topical survey of the French Revolution dealing with the uprising in France and its repercussions elsewhere by examining such subjects as its causes, its effect on nations, classes and gender, and its relation to nationalism, socialism and democracy. 


HIS476H5      The Civil War and Reconstruction

An exploration of the most traumatic event in American history: the attempt to sunder, cleanse, and ultimately reunite the Union created in 1776. The course will survey the origins of the war, differences between northern and southern economies and societies, the eclipse of the Old South, slavery and race relations, the social impact of the war, and the short- and long-term consequences of attempts to develop a new regime in the South. Readings include classic and recent historical writing as well as selected primary sources.


HIS478H5      Immigration & Ethnicity in U.S. History

This course focuses on the history of immigration and construction of ethnic identities in America from the post-Civil War period to the present day. The course begins after 1865 when "New Immigrants"--those from Southern and Eastern Europe and from Latin America and Asia--arrived in significant numbers, contributing to the already complex ideologies on race and citizenship. This course challenges students to reconsider how, why and by whom ethnic identities were constructed.


HIS479H5      Cold War America

An examination of significant political, economic, social and intellectual developments, including Cold War Foreign policies, economic and social reforms, McCarthyism, the Civil Rights movement, women's liberation, the "counter-culture,"and the Indochina Wars.


HIS482H5      Empire and Nation in Modern East Asia

This course examines the historical events associated the collapse of the Chinese Qing empire, the arrival of Western imperial powers, the rise of the Japanese empire, as well as the emergence of nationalisms in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan in the 19th to the 20th centuries.


HIS483H5      Colonialism in East Asia

This course examines the ideologies and practices of colonialisms, both internal and external, in modern East Asia.


HIS484H5      Religion and Popular Culture in Modern South Asia

The course examines the role played by religion in shaping the public sphere, popular culture and everyday practice in Modern South Asia. It also studies key themes on the subject.


HIS486H5      Political Thought in the Reformation

An interdisciplinary seminar that examines religion and its historical role in shaping culture, society, and politics in Latin America. It considers both the formal institutional practice of religion as well as informal and popular religiosities. A framing theme of the course is the complex relationship between Church and State - and more broadly, between religion and politics - in the region.


HIS487H5     Canadian Social History 

The evolution of Canada from an agrarian to an industrial society. Themes include migration and ethnicity, urbanization and industrialization, violence and social order, social stratification, education and family.


HIS490H5     Religion and Society in Latin America

An interdisciplinary seminar that examines religion and its historical role in shaping culture, society, and politics in Latin America. It considers both the formal institutional practice of religion as well as informal and popular religiosities. A framing theme of the course is the complex relationship between Church and State - and more broadly, between religion and politics - in the region.


HIS492H5     Advanced Topics in Global History

This course examines and compares the history of entrepreneurial diasporas operating in the Afro-Asian regions during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


HIS493H5     Advanced Topics in Global History

This course examines the histories of South Africa through the lens of memory and memorialization. While exploring multiple facets of South African history from the 17th century to today, the course will be structured around the ways particular people, places, events and ideas have been constructed and contested in national histories, and have been remembered, performed and memorialized in public discourses. Each week we will focus on different forms of memorialization from museums and monuments to film, literature and public events. Major themes will include gender and sexuality, race and nationalisms, youth and resistance, violence and trauma. We will also examine the intersections and disconnections between different forms of memory (historical, collective, social) and their relationship to historical methodology and practice.


HIS494H5     Advanced Topics in the History of the Americas

An in-depth examination of historical issues. Content in any given year depends on instructor                                                              


HIS495H5     Advanced Topics in European History

An in-depth examination of historical issues. Content in any given year depends on instructor. 


HIS496H5      International Relations, 1870-1945

The international relations of the European powers at their zenith and in decline. The interaction of the European powers is studied from the creation of the Second Reich to the origins of the First World War, the Versailles settlement, and the inter-war "twenty year crisis" through the Second World War. The economic and social framework will be examined as well as political conflicts.


HIS497H5Y5     Independent Reading                                                                                                                     

Student-initiated project of reading and research, supervised by a member of the Department. Primarily intended for students in Specialist or Major programs.  After obtaining a supervisor, a student must apply to the Department of Historical Studies. A maximum of 1.0 credit in a reading course is permitted.


HIS498Y5      Internship in History

Through a part-time, unpaid work placement, a limited number of advanced history students may enrol for field experience relating to expertise they have gained in the program. Placements are made at local libraries, historic sites and foundations, media outlets, public and private institutions. Five previous history courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 are required.


HIS499H5      Independent Reading

Student-initiated project of reading and research, supervised by a member of the Department. Primarily intended for students in History Specialist, Joint Specialist or Major programs. After obtaining a supervisor, a student must apply to the Department of Historical Studies.


HIS499H5Y      Independent Reading

Student-initiated project of reading and research, supervised by a member of the Department. Primarily intended for students in History Specialist, Joint Specialist or Major programs. After obtaining a supervisor, a student must apply to the Department of Historical Studies.