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History Course Descriptions:  2015-16

First Year Courses

Hist 121 FW The Intellectual Origins of the Contemporary West

Co-ordinator: Dr. Richard Bailey and Dr. Ana Siljak

This course is a survey of the major ideas that collectively constitute the cultural heritage of western civilization. The course begins with visions of the creation of the universe and its nature and observes the changing ideas that have culminated in the vision of modern science. Students are introduced to the views of the classical age on governing a society and to some of the subsequent major ideas on political structures, down to our own time. The aim of the course is to help the contemporary student develop vocabulary that will aid in understanding the contemporary world. The course is presented through a combined weekly lecture and seminar discussion format. The weekly lecture and seminar have been designed to work in tandem and neither is optional. The weekly lecture provides necessary background to the more intensive seminar discussions where groups of moderate size meet to discuss material that has been read in advance. The readings are excerpts from the actual writings of thinkers who influenced the development of Western Civilization. Students should be prepared to do to their weekly reading and to participate in class discussion (which comprises a percentage of the final mark). Material drawn from the lectures and the seminar discussions will constitute both the December and April exams. To do well in this course you must attend all lectures, do all the seminar readings, constructively participate in seminars, complete all seminar assignments with care, and study for exams. 

Hist 122 FW The Making of the Modern World

Co-ordinators: Dr. Laura Carlson/Dr. Awet Weldemichael

This course is a thematic introduction to world history from prehistoric times to the present, with particular emphasis on the changing balance of power between regions of the globe and the contributions of the peoples of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas to modernity. In questioning what has been a European-centered explanation for progress and development, this course examines ingrained patterns of thinking about non-European peoples, the environmental aspect of the north/south divide, the emergence of social inequalities within and between states, as well as the role of modern capitalism, colonialism and militarism in enforcing an order from which only a small percentage of the world's population benefit. In introducing students to conceptual tools and basic chronology, this course provides a firm foundation for future studies in history and the social sciences.

This course is in two parts: i) a lecture and ii) a seminar. There will be a lecture once a week of approx. 245 students usually led by professors, and a weekly seminar of some 30-40 students led by different seminar instructors. Lecturers will determine all in-lecture assignments and examinations. Seminar instructors will determine seminar assignments, mark all coursework and exams, and make decisions regarding your grades for the seminars.

Hist 124 FW Canada in the World

Co-ordinators:  Steven Maynard

This course is a critical survey of the main social, economic, and political developments in Canadian history. The approach taken can be called "a history of the present." Approaching the Canadian past as a history of the present offers at least three advantages. First, it defamiliarizes some of the defining features of present-day Canada, such as liberalism, capitalism, or multiculturalism by subjecting them to historical scrutiny rather than treating them as timeless or taken-for-granted categories of Canadian history. Second, it questions the linear narrative of Canada's development from 'colony to nation' by exploring both the nation's own complicated history of colonizing and the competing claims of other nations within Canada. Third, it fosters a dynamic dialogue between the past and the present, and in doing so encourages us to consider the crucial role critical historical thinking can play in our everyday lives as we ponder news ways of inhabiting the world.

The course comprises three parts: a weekly lecture by the course coordinator; a bi-weekly, in-class seminar led by Teaching Fellows; and, in the weeks between seminars, exercises in self-directed learning. Course requirements - assignments, tests/exams, participation, etc. - will be set by the course coordinator and will be the same for all students in the course, while Teaching Fellows will supervise and mark the work of students in their particular sections. Written work will emphasize the art of book critiquing and the analysis of primary historical documents.

Hist 125 S/S and FW (on-line) The Evolution of Modern Europe

Instructor: Dr. Leonid Trofimov /h4>

A survey of Western and Central Europe and Great Britain from the 18th to the 20th century. The focus is on the revolutions which produced modern Europe, notably the political revolutions (1789 and 1848), industrialization, urbanization, population growth, secularization, the rise of new classes, and changes in ideologies and popular attitudes.

For more details see Continuing and Distance Studies

Second Year Courses - Lectures (Hist 200-299)

200*W (on-line) India and the World

Instructor:  Dr. Aditi Sen

For more details see Continuing and Distance Studies

201*W  Europe, 1572-1815

Instructor:  Dr. Jeff Collins

This course provides a narrative overview of European history from the Reformation to the Age of Napoleon. Major themes to be explored over the course of the semester include religious transformation, social relations, state formation, colonialism, gender dynamics, the slave trade, intellectual movements, and political revolution. Readings and lectures will focus on both historical narrative and close analysis of primary sources.

206*W  The United States in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1868-1920

Instructor:  Dr. Rosanne Currarino

An introduction to the history of the United States during the turbulent period from 1868 until 1920.  Topics may include industrialization, reform movements, mass consumption, corporations, imperialism, immigration, urbanization, the rise of segregation, agricultural transformation, art, and literature.

208*F Introduction to Themes in Canadian History I

Instructor:  Christo Aivalis

This class examines a broad look at Canadian history, from before French and English contact with the new world, to 1900. Because this course takes a thematic approach, we will move forward in chronological order, but will focus on key events in Pre-Confederation and early Post-Confederation Canada, using techniques from social, political, economic, intellectual, and cultural history. The goal in most weeks will be to absorb lectures and readings that try to answer a major historical question or illuminate understanding of a key issue (for example: was Sir John A Macdonald guilty of genocide, or was he a well-meaning product of his own time and place? Was Louis Real a hero or a villain? Was confederation a noble pursuit, or was it driven by upper class economic interests? Are these questions too complex to give a one-dimensional answer?) Themes covered in this class include, but are not limited to: Pre-contact aboriginal life, the interpretations of contact by both Europeans and aboriginals, French Canadian life before, during, and after the English Conquest, the influences of the American Revolution and the 1830s rebellions, the political and economic debates that surrounded confederation, early trade union organization, and the legacies around Louis Real and Sir John A. Macdonald. The course will be evaluated through three essays, ranging from 4 to 9 pages in length, as well as a take-home exam. These essays will have you examining primary sources, academic works, and the well-known Canadian Heritage Minutes.

209*W Introduction to Themes in Canadian History II

Instructor: Christo Aivalis

This class examines a broad look at Canadian history, from 1900 to 1990. Because this course takes a thematic approach, we will move forward in chronological order, but will focus on key events in 20th century Canada, using techniques from social, political, economic, intellectual, and cultural history. The goal in most weeks will be to absorb lectures and readings that try to answer a major historical question or illuminate understanding of a key issue (for example: Was William Lyon Mackenzie King a deranged man or a political genius? Was 20th century Christianity a force for progress or conservatism? Was World War 1 a futile process, or the birth of an independent Canada?)

Themes covered in this class include, but are not limited to: World War 1, the national meaning of Winnipeg General Strike, the economics and popular struggles of the Great Depression, Quebec’s Quiet Revolution, the importance of feminism, the limitations of multiculturalism and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the debates around free trade)

The course will be evaluated through three essays, ranging from 4 to 9 pages in length, as well as a take-home exam. These essays will have you examining primary sources, academic works, and the well-known Canadian Heritage Minutes.

210*F The History of Sexuality in Canada

Instructor: Steven Maynard

From First Nations to Queer Nation, this course is an introduction to Canada's sexual past. We will explore the diverse history of sexualities in the nation we now call Canada, from "berdache" to buggery in Nouvelle France and from lesbian bars to the birth control pill in the postwar period. We begin with several classes on how to think about sexuality as historical – as the basis for identities and communities, as a form of regulation, and as a hotly contested terrain of politics. Subsequent lectures approach sexuality as a prism through which to view the operations of power in the past, both in its pleasurable and dangerous manifestations. Drawing on Foucauldian, feminist, and post-colonial thought, we will investigate sexuality's historical intersections with gender, race, age, class, colonialism and nation in Canadian history.

In terms of format, this is a lecture course. Lectures will provide broad overviews and interpretations of Canada's sexual past. Lectures will be supplemented by readings and film and video. Written work will include critiquing both recent scholarship on and the public presentation of the history of sexuality in Canada.

212*F Experimential Learning in Historical Practice

Instructor: Undergraduate Chair

Experiential Learning in Historical Practice Offers credit for non - academic work in historical practice. Examples include but are not limited to work in or at: museums, archives, historic sites, NGOs, or government agencies. Students must submit to the chair of Undergraduate Studies a one - page proposal before the work experience and a ten page report after the work has been completed.

212*W Experimential Learning in Historical Practice

Instructor: Undergraduate Chair -

Experiential Learning in Historical Practice Offers credit for non - academic work in historical practice. Examples include but are not limited to work in or at: museums, archives, historic sites, NGOs, or government agencies. Students must submit to the chair of Undergraduate Studies a one - page proposal before the work experience and a ten page report after the work has been completed. 

213 FW Comparative Public Policy

Instructor:  Dr. Tim Smith

214*W (on-line) Food in Global History

Instructor: Dr. Aditi Sen

For more details see Continuing and Distance Studies

216*F U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction

Instructor:  Dr. Rosanne Currarino

The Civil War has been the defining moment in American history.  This lecture course examines the political, cultural and social origins of the conflict, looks that experiences of the war itself for both soldiers and civilians, studies the unfinished revolution of Reconstruction, and considers the legacy of the Civil War and Reconstruction in the contemporary United States. 

221*F Jewish and World Civilization (until 1492)

Instructor:  Vassili Schedrin

A thematic-chronological history of Jews from ancient times to the beginning of the modern era: the biblical background; political, social, religious and cultural interactions with the ancient Near East, Hellenism, Rome, Christians, and Muslims; the rise of rabbinic Judaism and its opponents; communal life; gender; Diaspora cultures. The course traces continuity and change of Judaism and Jewish civilization through examination of a variety of source material: primary historical texts, historical scholarship, and works of art, including literature and film.

222*W Jewish and World Civilization (since 1492)

Instructor: Vassili Schedrin

A thematic-chronological history of Jews from the beginning of the modern era to the post World War II period: the resettlement of Jews in Europe; modernization of Jewish life and culture and resistance to it in Western and Eastern Europe, North America, Palestine, Middle East, and State of Israel; heresy, political emancipation, developments in antisemitism, enlightenment, secularization, nationalism, revolutions and radicalism, modern religious movements. The course analyzes the impact of modernity on Jewish life through examination of a variety of source material: primary historical texts, historical scholarship, and works of art, including literature and film.

241-001*W Issues in History: Rise of Consumer Society

Instructor:  Dr. Ariel Salzmann

In her hymn to late twentieth-century consumerism, Madonna celebrated "living in a material world" in a chart-topping single entitled "Material Girl"  (1984). Manufactured things – from cars, home appliances, televisions and cell phones to outings in shopping malls and vacations in make-believe kingdoms like Disneyland-- have come to define middle class lives. Although for many individuals under 30, it is difficult to imagine a world before the production and consumption of mass marketed commodities, for most of human history the immediate, natural world determined choices of food, settlement patterns and possibilities for exchange. Beginning with an investigation of the ancient trade in luxuries and the first global markets created by  sugar, tobacco and coffee, this course retraces the rise of consumer societies.  We ask how early consumerism reshaped geography, culture and interpersonal relations. Along route, we consider the political systems that have made mass production possible, the toll that industrialization has taken on ecosystems, and the costs born by millions, from the silver miners of sixteenth-century Bolivia to the garment workers in today's Bangladesh, whose unpaid or underpaid labour satisfies our demand for things.

241-001*F Issues in History: Science and Sexuality, 1880-1950

Instructor:  Dr. Ishita Pande

This course considers why, when and how “sex” emerged as an object of scientific scrutiny in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries around the globe. Students will learn about the changing scientific understanding of marriage, reproduction, homosexuality, heterosexuality, auto-eroticism, and other such institutions, practices and identities. They will consider how race, class and gender relations were reinforced, or challenged, through evolving scientific understandings of sex and sexuality in diverse contexts from Germany to China. How did sexologists define “norms” and “deviance”? Did they draw on a social consensus or try to change them? Topics considered will include: shifts in the understandings of sex-difference and gender roles; overlaps in the theorization of sexual and racial ‘deviance’; the mutual constitution of social norms and scientific principles; politics of birth control and eugenics; exoticism in the scientific classification of global sexual practices. Materials assigned include primary documents produced by sexologists, historical accounts of sexual science, and theoretical debates on sexuality as a category of analysis. Assessment is based on two in-class exams, a primary source exercise, and a short essay.

243*W The Crusades

Instructor: Dr. Richard Greenfield

For many today, mention of the medieval Crusades stirs ideas of barbaric violence, cruelty and religious intolerance, the negative effects of which still linger in the contemporary world. For others, however, Crusading may still, as it did in the nineteenth and earlier twentieth centuries, also conjure images of romance, of chivalry and the first encounters of the West with an exotic Orient. The Crusades are a hot topic, not only in popular but also in academic debate. If you take this lecture course, you will learn about the social, political and religious context in which the idea of the crusade was born and flourished in medieval Western Europe, about the extraordinary series of expeditions that left Europe for the region we now call the Middle East from 1095 to the later thirteenth century, and about the impact these expeditions had on the societies and politics of the Eastern Mediterranean, Muslim and Christian. You will also learn about life and attitudes in the societies the Crusaders themselves established along the eastern seaboard of the Mediterranean, as well as about the great variety of activities and campaigns back in Europe that also came, over time, to be understood as forming part of ‘crusading.’ You will encounter some of the greatest characters of the medieval period: Richard the Lionheart of England, Frederick “the Wonder of the World” II of Germany, Pope Innocent III, and the great Muslim ruler Saladin, but you will also discover a lot about the ordinary people who participated in or were affected by these world changing events, events that were themselves the product of a rapidly and radically changing world. By the end of the course you will have acquired an understanding of the terms, issues and events of medieval crusading, based on historical scholarship and debate, which will allow you to form your own informed opinions and judgements of this controversial but fascinating and instructive topic.

245*F Imperial Russia

Instructor: Dr. Ana Siljak

This course is an overview of the history of Imperial Russia from the reign of Peter the Great up to the Russian Revolution.  Particular attention will be paid to the intellectual and cultural developments of the age. Readings include memoirs, documentary sources, and works by Dostoyevsky and Turgenev.

250 FW The Middle Ages

Instructor:  Dr. Laura Carlson

This course will explore the Middle Ages, spanning approximately 300 to 1500 CE. A Eurasian rather than a European scope defines this course, as topics will include regions as far east as Persian's Asian frontier, as far south as Africa, as far west as Ireland, and as far north as Scandinavia and the Vikings. Prominent themes of the course will include religion, language, economics, and art; all of which may serve as conduits to understanding the transformation from the ancient world to medieval civilization to the modern age. In so doing, students will be asked to confront constructions of the medieval period. As an epoch traditionally delineated by being "in the middle", usually between the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, this course will examine to what extent perspectives of the middle ages have been constructed by later time periods, up to and including the modern era. Students will be asked to examine both textual and material history in their examination of over 1000 years of history.

252 *W Africa and the Modern World

Instructor:  TBD

For more details see Continuing and Distance Studies

255*F Renaissance and Reformation Europe

Instructor: Dr. Tony D'Elia

A survey of the social, cultural, political and intellectual life of Europe in the Renaissance and Reformation. Topics to be discussed include: humanism, secularism, printing, and exploration; war and the early modern state; prophecy, heresy, and dissent; popular culture; sex, marriage, and family life; witchcraft and magic; and the impact of the Reformation and the Counter Reformation.

260 FW (on-line)

Instructor: Dr. Barrington Walker/Dr. Jamey Carson

For more details see Continuing and Distance Studies

263*F War in the Twentieth Century: Myths and Reality

Instructor:  Dr. Claire Cookson-Hills

This course is an introduction to the key issues of international violence and armed force in the twentieth century, and will allow students to connect military history to the experience of the modern world. History 263 will explore both the myths and realities of what military force is, how it is organized, how it is used, how war has shaped modern society, and how societies shape warfare. Examples and case studies will be drawn from throughout the twentieth century and around the globe, all based around the theme that how we imagine war (heroic, masculine, physical) often bears no resemblance to how modern war is conducted (mechanical, bureaucratic, industrialized, and highly influenced by culture). History 263 has been designed to deliver a small-group environment experience to a large lecture class through blended learning. Most course materials, including parts of the lectures, readings, and weekly quizzes, will be delivered through Moodle in an online format. In class, students will work on collaborative projects and writing, discussions and debates, games and in-class activities in small-group sections. There are no scheduled exams for this course. History 263 will serve as an introduction to modern military history, and no existing knowledge in the subject is required.

274*W Cultural History of Modern France

Instructor:  Dr. Harold Mah

In the context of the development of French politics and society, this course examines French art, literature, and philosophy, as well as some of the venues and institutions of culture. In these forms and media of mainly high culture, we will analyze some of the dominant ideas and issues of French intellectuals, writers, and artists from 1750 to the present. Among the themes we examine are changing images or representations of selfhood, gender, class (aristocracy, bourgeoisie, and working class), of sociability or social interaction, of the meaning and meaninglessness of life, and of how history might have an intimate and personal, as opposed to public and prescribed significance. The course plots these developments on the trajectory of the great dramatic cycles of French history: revolution and counter-revolution, war and civil war, decolonization and student rebellion.

285*W Latin America from 1850: The Colonial Experience

Instructor: Dr. Nancy van Deusen

This lecture course (there will be no separate tutorials) examines the significance of pre-contact Mexica (Aztec) and Inca civilizations, Africa and Iberia in the late medieval period, the European invasion, colonialism as a historical "problem", the Independence movements in the early nineteenth century, and the struggle of the new nations to build viable economic, political, and social institutions within the shadow of what some historians call the "colonial legacy". We will focus primarily upon the Spanish Viceroyalties of Mexico and Peru, as well as the Portuguese colony of Brazil. Readings include biographical accounts that tease out the nuances and complexities of social relations and what it meant to be a colonial vassal. This course is meant to increase your knowledge of Latin American history, enhance your analytical and independent thinking skills, and help you gain a clearer sense of how to write a historical essay.  There will be a mid-term, final, and a seven-page essay.

294*W Arab-Israeli Conflict and Regional Security

Instructor: Yakub Halibi

The history of violence and attempts at peacemaking in the Arab-Israel conflict, from its beginnings in the twilight years of the Ottoman Empire to the 'Oslo (1993) peace process' and the outbreaks of autumn 2000. The impact of this conflict on regional security.

295*F The Holocaust

Instructor:  Dr. Gordon Dueck

A lecture course which examines the genocide of European Jews , as well as the interlocking roles played by perpetrators, collaborators, and bystanders The experience of other minorities under Hitler's regime, e.g., the disabled, the Roma people, homosexuals, and Afro-Germans, will also be discussed.

296*F The Making of the Muslim Middle East (550-1350 C.E.)

Instructor: Dr. Adnan Husain

This course surveys the process by which the Middle East became predominantly Muslim while maintaining a cosmopolitan and plural social order—what I call "Islamicate" societies. The story begins with the Late Antique world and the advent of Islam and continues until the aftermath of the devastating Mongol invasions, before the emergence of the Ottoman empire in the fifteenth century. The course will examine the myriad political, social, religious, cultural and intellectual transformations of the region through the Arab conquests, the establishment of a new Muslim empire on the foundations of ancient Near Eastern polities, and the process of forging a Muslim society and culture from its classical efflorescence through its medieval elaboration and extension from al-Andalus (Muslim Spain) to Central Asia. It will introduce students to Islamic civilization through a broad, interdisciplinary range of topics: political formations including empires, "slave" states, and Turkic tribal confederacies; the historical development of Islamic religious institutions, practices, doctrines, and literatures, their relationships to political authority and its legitimation, and the manifold sectarian and mystical movements of the region, including the challenge of Shi'ism to Sunni Islam and the spiritual aspirations of Sufism; social structures and their evolution; the historical content and context of intellectual and cultural productions including philosophy, theology, mysticism, literature, art and architecture; and the problem of medieval encounters with Christendom in the Levant and the Maghrib (the Muslim West in North Africa).

Second Year "Core Seminars" (Hist 300-329)

303 FW History of the Caribbean in a Global Perspective

Instructor: Dr. Amitava Chowdhury

The Caribbean is a crucible where myriad of global processes intersect, a plethora of cultures and communities crisscross and a multitude of traditions and horizons of memory merge and evolve. It is as much a destination of immigrants as it is a point of departure for emigrants. White planters and colonial administrators, itinerant merchants and trading diasporas, enslaved and liberated Africans, as well as time-expired indentured servants and their successors leave the Caribbean quite readily to continue their journey elsewhere. This course provides a unique lens to examine the intersections of the narratives and processes of global history within the confines of the multifaceted and colorful Caribbean crucible.

This is a yearlong core seminar course on Caribbean history designed as a comprehensive introduction for second year students. In the fall term, we shall concentrate on the major events and processes of Caribbean history in a chronological fashion remaining within the confines of the Caribbean geographical space but sensitive to transnational and global dimensions. In the winter term, we shall attempt to enhance our understanding of the Caribbean inter-regional arena by exploring the history of the region through various organizing lenses such as gender, race, ethnicity, and identity. We will explore popular culture, music and cricket and examine global cultural transactions within the Caribbean cultural horizons. Particularly in the twentieth century, the Caribbean became a crucible for intellectual traditions. Shaped by wider global intellectual trends, the region in turn has enhanced and influenced global intellectual traditions.

This course will provide a thorough understanding of the methods and sources of history as an academic discipline and prepare second year students for advanced seminar courses. With this in mind, we shall examine the various sources for Caribbean history including primary documents, multimedia resources, and digital repositories and engage in discussions on methodology, modes of reading, critical thinking and schools of historiography, and academic writing.

305 FW Muslim Societies

Instructors: Dr. Adnan Husain /Dr. Howard Adelman

This course is taught in conjunction with History 296: the Making of the Muslim Middle East, which it uses as a broad base to continue an exploration of various topics related to the historical experience of pre-modern Muslim societies. In particular, this course will examine the intersections between Jewish and Muslim experience in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean world, so students are also encouraged to take History 221 in Fall 2013 as it is addressing Jewish-Muslim historical relations, though this is not a pre-requisite. This collaborative course aims to develop skills of critical reading of historiography, primary source interpretation and analysis, and engagement in historical argumentation in writing and oral discussion in the special context of Jewish-Muslim interchange, dialogue, and interaction in the pre-Modern Mediterranean. To accomplish this we will examine primary sources like Islamic and Jewish religious writings, chronicles, philosophical treatises, literary and artistic productions, and cultural artifacts alongside scholarly studies and debates on major historical questions in the field. Some topics include: messianic movements and apocalypse; conversion and religious identity; expulsion and diaspora; merchant networks and commercial communities; cosmopolitanism and religious pluralism; co-existence, conflict and violence among religious communities; "Islamicate" intellectual culture that integrated Jews and Muslims in poetry, science, philosophy, polemics, theology and mysticism.

306 FW Holocaust:  Problems and Interpretations

Instructor: Dr. Gordon Dueck

A fall/winter course taught in conjunction with HIST-295, the first half comprises the lecture component (described above); the second half is a seminar that explores the vast field of Holocaust literature/historiography.

313 FW British North America, 1759-1867

Instructor:  Dr. Jeff McNairn

This core seminar in early Canadian history has two basic goals. First, it will introduce students to the full range of scholarship on the British colonies and their diverse Aboriginal, European, and African populations from the conquests of Nova Scotia and Quebec to the union of several British colonies in 1867. How have historians written about this period and why have their framing questions and conclusions changed over time? What's at stake for the discipline and for us living in the present? Second, as a core seminar, it will focus on developing the skills required of history students as readers, researchers, discussants, and writers.

Topics will include major historical problems and themes such as Native-newcomer relations, the loyalist and later emigrant diasporas, the creation of neo-British settler communities, the emergence of capitalist economies, and the evolution of social, cultural, and political institutions. In a number of weeks, Kingston will serve as a case study to help ground these problems in a common local context. Weekly readings and discussions will also focus on analytical categories (such as ethnicity, racialization, social class, gender, and colonialism) and the practicalities of historical research and writing. Students will have ample opportunities to work with a range of primary sources (such as official documents, newspapers, art and material culture, novels and emigration narratives, and diaries and personal letters) and be exposed to major resources for historical research (such as digital databases, biographical dictionaries, historical atlases, archives, and art galleries).

314 FW American Society and Culture Since 1877

Instructor:  Dr. Jeff Brison

This course provides an examination of selected themes and events in the social and cultural history of the United States in the twentieth century.  Particular emphasis is placed on the development of an urban-industrial culture and society, on popular and/or mass cultural forms, and on continuity and change in the ways Americans have lived their lives. In short, the course explores what "culture" meant in the everyday lives of working-class and middle-class Americans as well as to members of intellectual, cultural, and social elites. It looks as well at the emergence of social hierarchies based on gender, race, class, and ethnicity.

316 FW European Politics and Society Since 1789

Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Manley

This course seeks to introduce students to major themes in modern European history and to acquaint students with a range of methodological approaches to the study of the past. To this end, we will examine the work of cultural, social, economic, intellectual, political, gender, and diplomatic historians (among others). We will also read a select but diverse range of primary sources to give students the opportunity to adopt some of these approaches themselves, in written work and in seminar discussion. Chronologically, our course will be bounded by two momentous events: the French Revolution of 1789 and the dismantling of the Berlin Wall exactly two centuries later. Some of the topics to be covered in between these two bookends include European colonialism; labour history and the working class; nations and nationalism; modern state practices and ideologies, in the western democracies, the fascist states, and the socialist Soviet Union; violence and warfare, culture and consumption, memory, and decolonization.

318 FW Modern East Asia

Instructor: Dr. Emily Hill

The formation of modern China, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan in historical and regional contexts. War, colonialism, anti-colonial and communist movements, economic change and environmental challenges are the general themes of the course. The development of a historian's skills is emphasized, along with structured discussion of readings and research. Previous coursework or knowledge of an East Asian language is not required or assumed. The instructor will provide introductory surveys of national and regional histories. In short assignments, you will explore a variety of accessible source materials, review important secondary works, and develop ideas for term essays. A 1,250-word essay will be due each term, and you will present your research findings in term-end class conferences. The final assignment will be a take-home examination worth 15 percent of the total mark.

Upper Level Seminars for 3rd and 4th Year History Majors and Medials

(Hist 333-499)

335 FW The Age of Jackson

Instructor:  Stephen Smith

The purpose of HIST 335 is to reveal the tumultuous period of life in the antebellum United States between 1800 and 1850. While usually overshadowed by the Revolutionary era and the Civil War, this period witnessed economic and political growth and turmoil as the United States moved from a new colonial nation to a continental power. Through this course students will gain a deeper understanding of the lived experience of ordinary Americans during these fifty crucial years in US history. How did ordinary United States citizens, First Nations, slaves, and freedmen negotiate the legacy of the American Revolution? What differing ideas of democracy, republicanism, and liberalism did contemporaries believe the new republic should embody? What should the boundaries – geographic, ethnic, racial, gender, political, and social – of the United States be? Both chronologically and thematically, the course will place the Jacksonian period within wider histories of North America and broader historical themes. Students will delve into nineteenth-century America through weekly readings and discussion of major works in the field, exposure to primary sources, and in-class activities. Assessment will be based heavily on seminar participation. Written assessment consists of three assignments (a historiographical assignment, an essay proposal, and an essay presentation) that culminate in a major research paper. On completion of the course, students should have a greater knowledge of and interest in the Jacksonian period, an ability to ‘think like an historian,’ and effective research and writing skills.

337*F Debates in Ottoman Empire

Instructor: Dr. Ariel Salzmann

In the late thirteenth century, an emir named Osman (Uthman) founded a small principality in western Anatolia (today's Turkey). Over the next three centuries, his descendents and their allies would expand this small state into a tri-continental empire. The sultans ruled North Africa, with the exception of Morocco, southeastern Europe, including Hungary, the horn of Africa and Yemen, as well as the Middle East from Egypt and Syria to Iraq and Western Iran. Although it is possible to measure the scale of this territorial endeavor, almost every other facet of the Ottoman past remains subject to scholarly debate. Over the course of the semester students will examine some of the important questions that animate discussions among contemporary historians: Who was Osman and how did he and his allies practice Islam? How did the Ottoman state treat its non-Muslim subjects? Why was the Ottoman army so successful in its campaigns against Western Christian states? How did Ottoman royal women exert power in the palace and in society? Did the empire decline because of poor policies or because of climate change?

339*W Jews without Judaism

Instructor: Dr. Gordon Dueck

Secular Jewish identities are the focus of this course, from the Enlightenment era onwards. Topics include Jewish engagement in the modern projects of liberalism, socialism nationalism, and modern Yiddish literature.

344*F Plural Visions: New World Jews & the Invention of Multiculturalism

Instructor: Dr. Gordon Dueck

This course studies the historical role of Jews as migrants—as strangers in a strange land—and their eventual transformation from "Outsiders" to "Insiders", as a way of understanding their current place in North American society. For the sake of context, readings will include comparisons with the experiences of other minority groups.

353*W Revolutions and Civil Wars in 20th Century Latin America

Instructor: Dr. David Parker

This is a focused, “hands on” research seminar on revolutions, civil wars, and political violence in Twentieth-Century Latin America. Includes case studies of Mexican and Cuban revolutions, Central American civil wars, and other insurgencies. The course explores theories of when, why, and how revolutionary violence occurs, and looks critically at different kinds of historical source materials: how they are created and preserved, and their strengths and limitations.

The course is designed to result in a substantial original research essay that:

a) incorporates a primary source or group of primary documents that students will find on their own, research, and analyze, and

b) uses secondary sources to place that original period document in context and to inform historical analysis of the event to which the document refers.

As part of work toward the final research essay, students are required to find an original document from the time period they are studying, generally in English or English translation. They will provide a short (500-1000-word) preliminary analysis/synopsis of what the document is, where it comes from, what it says and what its purpose/intent was. Students will also provide a preliminary bibliography that they will be using for the final research essay. Documents will be grouped by topic and will form the basis of class presentations during the final 2 weeks of the course.

Marks Breakdown: Essay based on assigned readings, on theories of revolution applied to a case study. 20% Primary Document Synopsis, Preliminary Bibliography, and Class Presentation. 20% Major Research Essay 40% Weekly Participation 20%

365*F and W History Outside the Book

Instructor:  Dr. Martina Hardwick

The course's emphasis is on teaching students how non-textual sources can be used as a source of historical information. To this end, we examine television, landscapes, architecture, photographs, graffiti, popular culture, advertising, oral history interviews, and household objects, among other things. Students submit a photographic analysis of a landscape or street scene, a museum review, and a final research paper.

This course is designed to introduce upper-year students to the use of historical research materials that go beyond the usual printed sources. Nevertheless, since printed materials remain the historian's primary tool, these unconventional materials should be used to supplement the printed record, not supplant it. This has particular applicability when studying groups for whom textual sources may be scanty, fragmentary, or non-existent, as is often the case in social history. Since one of the aims of social history is to allow the voiceless to have a voice, the use of non-textual sources is invaluable in the field.

During the term, we will be looking at and working with material culture, for the most part, namely the objects and items produced by a society that reflect its development and processes. The objects, in turn, can tell us about the people within a society. We will also be looking at the way in which historians use these sources, as well as the uses and pitfalls of oral history, the way in which the physical environment can act as a historical record, and finally, how printed sources can be re-examined.

367 FW Utopian Visions and Movements for a New Society

Instructor: Dr. Richard Bailey

The purpose of this course is to acquaint members of the university with the recurring dream of a glorious future and of attempts to describe and realize it. We shall see how the dreams of such a future were a function of society as it was and how in turn they affected the future. The course begins with the problem of definition and the challenge of how to read literary utopias. It then moves on to look at images of the past and future from Antiquity to seventeenth and eighteenth century France and England, concluding with critical reflections on the status of utopian thought today including technology and utopia, futurology and utopia, and utopian contributions to resolving the tension between individual and community

390-001 FW TIH: Origins of Modern Business: Medici to Diners Club, 1200 - 1960

Instructor:  Jackson Tait

This course examines key themes in the origins of modern business organization and practice in the western world, including the development of the firm and the corporation, micro and small business, accounting, management, logistics, operations, marketing and sales. Business and economic theory concerning the corporation and entrepreneurship reframe historical discussion to include the significant contributions of business persons and organizations from the middle ages to the mid-twentieth century. Themes will be addressed through a diversity of case studies representing multiple geographies and industry sectors, such as Florentine Merchant Banking, the Portuguese Spice Trade, the early stock market in London and Amsterdam, the New York department store, and the birth of the credit card.

390-002 FW  Early Encounters in the Americas

Instructor:  Tabitha Renaud

This course surveys first contact between European explorers and aboriginal peoples in the Americas from the 10th to 17th century. Students will examine early encounters both chronologically and thematically through case studies spanning from the Norse to Jamestown with emphasis on primary source analysis. Readings include a variety of primary sources such as explorer journals, aboriginal oral histories and archeological and scientific studies. This course will debunk many of the common misconceptions about "The Age of Discovery."

390-003 FW  U.S. Public Policy and society since 1945

Instructor: Dr. Tim Smith

This course examines some of the key developments in U.S. economic, political and social history since 1945. We will read from the disciplines of history, political science, economics, policy studies, sociology, business history, urban planning and criminology. The focus is on the rise and fall of the ‘New Deal Order,’ changes in the rate of social mobility, changes in family and class structures, the impact of technological change on labor markets, de-industrialization, globalization, racial divisions, gender, education, tax policies, the rise of the New Right, the fall of the Old Left, the decline of labor unions, economic policy, housing, health, Social Security and the welfare state broadly conceived. The key themes or concerns tying all of this together are trends in inequality and opportunity. For whom has the economy worked? How has this changed over time? Who got what from welfare state in 1945? And who gets what in 2015?

393*W Power and Protest in the 1960s United States

Instructor: Dr. Vaneesa Cook

This seminar is intended to broaden students’ understanding of an often mythologized decade in U.S. history: the 1960s. Protest movements, in many ways, defined the era, but they developed in a context of cultural, social, and political changes that complicate simple narratives of generational divide and youthful longings for freedom. Many Americans, of all ages, engaged in dissent as a way to confront U.S. power and expose the negative consequences of that power, both internationally and domestically. The readings in this course will examine the causes of political protest in the 1960s, including religious and moral motivations, war anxieties, and notions of human rights. We will also discuss the effects of protest in the U.S. with special attention to the rise of conservatism by the end of the decade.

400-001*F Topics in History: Hunger in Modern European History

Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Manley

This course probes the nature and meaning of hunger in Modern European History. It seeks to map European hunger (across famine zones, European colonies, and amongst the urban and rural poor), and to critically examine the diverse causes of hunger in the modern era. At the same time, the course aims to explore how Europeans themselves conceived of and sought to manage hunger. To this end, we will investigate how hunger was variously constituted as a problem of political economy, public health, agronomy, and social welfare. Topics to be covered include the Irish Famine, British colonialism, rationing during the Great War, European welfare states, Soviet collectivization, World War II and the Holocaust, international humanitarian and food relief programs, and the Cold War.

400-002*F Topics in History: Israel/Palestine: One Land, Many Narratives

Instructor: Dr. Howard Adelman

A dialogue seminar on the geographical, historical, and cultural setting of the Land of Israel\Palestine; impact of foreign powers and ideas; its role in religious and political thought; nationalism; construction of narratives, competition for hegemony and territory; attempts to divide the land; the role of dialogue between Palestinians and Jews.

400-003*F Topics in History: Reform and Revolution in Russia from Peter the Great to Putin

Instructor:  Dr. Leonid Trofimov

Our seminar will examine political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of the history of Russia from 1700 to the present. We will focus on the most pivotal moments of Russian history – major reforms and revolutions and study the ways they changed Russia as well as resistance to these changes. The seminar should help us develop a better understanding of Russia’s pathways to modernity as well as its current standing in the world. We will be formulating and discussing historical questions drawing on scholarly literature, but we will also try to feel and experience Russian history through a variety of primary sources and multimedia tools.

400-001*W Topics in History: Jews and Muslims in Modern Europe: The Enlightenment Origins of Islamophobia and Antisemitism

Instructor: Dr. Howard Adelman/Mehmet Karabala

During the Middle Ages, although constituting a small percentage of the European population, Muslims and Jews played a central role in Christian thought. Constituting three intertwined world views, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam relied on each other as vehicles for self-definition as they tried to establish their own boundaries through a process of conversion, apologetics, polemics, and violence.  In the process of doing so they studied each other's texts, met with each other, and used each other as a foil.  Rather than using reason to rise above confrontations, the European Enlightenment used reason as a way to establish more permanent boundaries between Christian Europe and Jews and Muslims.   Reason and science became the foundation for racism, orientalism, and colonialism, which led European intellectuals to formulate The Jewish Question and The Eastern Question, for which Europe continues to seek solutions as it struggles with antisemitism and Islamophobia.

400-002*W Topics in History: Medieval Greece

Instructor: Dr. Richard Greenfield

This seminar course considers the history, society and culture of the region we think of today as Greece, along with its peripheries in the Aegean and the Balkans. It covers the period from the emergence of the East Roman (Byzantine) empire in the early 4th century CE down to the start of Ottoman domination in the later 15th century CE. The course will outline the often kaleidoscopic patterns of political control in the region as well as the complex interaction between the different ethnic and religious groups who occupied these areas or impinged on them. Classes will cover patterns of administration and government as well as urban and rural settlement, economic activity, daily life, religious practice and belief, literature, art, and architecture. The historiography of the period will be discussed as well as the part it plays in later imagination of the ‘orient’ and the construction of a Modern Greek national identity. The course will be of primary interest to students of the Middle Ages, Byzantium, and the Mediterranean, but it will also be useful for those wishing to know what happened to the Ancient world and to explore the roots of the Early Modern period in this region and the intersection of Islam with the indigenous Christianity of the eastern Mediterranean.

400-003*W Topics in History: Jews on Film: Representations in and Contributions to North American Media

Instructor: Dr. Gordon Dueck

This course shifts focus from year to year. Topics have included the history of Hollywood; Jewish stereotypes; and the treatment of the Holocaust in film and television.

400-004*W Topics in History: Foucault for Historians

Instructor:  Steven Maynard

He is one of the most frequently cited authors in the humanities. His impact on a remarkable range of disciplines is profound. But what is the "Foucault effect" on the practice of history? In this seminar, we will explore the productive tensions in the encounter between historians and Foucault. We will sidestep the sterile debate – philosophe ou historien? – to instead examine Foucault as an archivist, archeologist, genealogist, and cartographer in the many historical fields in which he intervened, including madness and medicine, prison and punishment, sexuality and the self. We will also look at how historians have made use of the 'Foucauldian toolkit' – concepts such as governmentality, biopolitics, security/territory – in their own research and writing. Our aim will not be to genuflect before Saint Foucault, but to examine how historians have adapted, elaborated, and critiqued Foucault, notably in the areas of gender, race, and colonialism. Finally, we will consider what we might learn from Foucault in terms of the ethics and politics of doing history.

In terms of format, for each historical subject or concept we take up, we will read Foucault (emphasis will be placed on Foucault's more accessible interviews, lectures, and short writings) and pair this with the work of several historians on the same topic and influenced by Foucault in one way or another. There will be occasional mini-lectures by the instructor, but, in the spirit of Foucault who much preferred the collective work of the seminar over the lecture, our primary mode will be intensive seminar discussion. Note: For students who prefer their history unadulterated by theory or philosophy, this may not be the course for you.

400-005/802*W Topics in History: Radicalism, Revolution, and Religion in Russian History and Literature

Instructor: Dr. Ana Siljak

In nineteenth-century Russia, religion, politics, and literature were inextricably intertwined. This course will look at how Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, and other Russian writers grappled with religious questions, revolutionary activism, and the role of the writer in society. In turn, the course will examine how literature influenced wider society, from radical political movements to artistic and poetic cultural organizations.

400-006/878*W  Postwar, Cold War, and the 'American Century': U.S. Culture, 1945 to the Present

Instructor: Dr. Jeff Brison

History 400 examines selected themes in post-World War II American cultural history and historiography. Topics for discussion include the development of mass consumption, the postwar rise of the "affluent society," anti-communism, sexuality and gender, the television age, popular music, suburbanization, social upheaval in the 'long sixties', and the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s.

400-007/8xx*W  Topics in History:Africa's Decolonization and In-Dependence

Instructor: Dr. Awet Weldemichael

The 1960s euphoria of independence in Africa lasted a short decade. Natural and man-made as well as internal and external setbacks delayed the dividends of political independence, dampened the excitement about decolonization. As a result pessimism set in although pockets of optimism persisted against pervasive cynicism. This seminar is designed to examine the rollercoaster decades of African independence and explore how African nationalist movements braved the perils of wresting decolonization only to falter in-dependence. Or did they? The readings and discussions will consider the structures of late colonialism, methods and processes of decolonization, and the place of the newly liberated continent in a global political economy oiled by finite non-renewable natural resources and shaped by rivalries of the Cold War and considerations of the War on Terror.

401/826*F Topics in History: The Cultural Decades: Canada after 1945

Instructor: Dr. Jeff Brison

This course will examine selected themes in post-World War II Canadian social and cultural history. Themes include the intersection of foreign relations and nation-building, the ever-increasing influence of a largely U.S. based mass culture, Canadian elite and popular responses to perceived "Americanization," baby-boom culture, the development of the "affluent society" Canada style, suburbanization, gender constructions in "cold war Canada," narratives of English-Canadian national identity, and social movements in the "long 1960s."

404*F Themes in Diaspora History

Instructor:  Dr. Amitava Chowdhury

Students are introduced to the theories and methods of studying the history of diasporas, through key texts and a range of primary sources. Themes covered include the history of migration and memory in the formation of diaspora communities; labour and trade in the creation of diaspora societies; race, religion and gender in the construction of identities in 'host' nations; and, tensions between national, imperial and diasporic social formations in the modern world. Specific historical examples will be drawn from the African diasporas, the Irish diaspora, the Italian diasporas, and the South Asian diasporas.

418 FW Reformation and Revolution in Early Modern England

Instructor: Dr. Jeff Collins

HIST 418/9.0 Reformation and Revolution in Early Modern England Explores the two watershed crises of England’s early modern era: the Tudor Reformation and the Revolution of 1640-1660. Topics will include: religious warfare; early modern state-building; social and economic upheaval; and the evolution of political thought; England during the age of exploration and early colonization.

424/824*F Cultural History of Enlightenment France

Instructor: Dr. Harold Mah

This course examines how the Enlightenment interacted with French culture to challenge and reaffirm the ideas and institutions of the old regime and to shape developments that led to the French Revolution. We consider key ideas of the French Enlightenment concerning, among other things, nature and civilization, sociability and politics, and gender and the image of the philosophe. We also look at the significance of different venues of Enlightenment culture, including the aristocratic salon and theatre. As we shall see, all these key ideas and institutions were subject to intense debates or divisions between the philosophes of the Enlightenment, and those divisions fuelled the political and cultural conflicts of the French Revolution. Readings examine the eighteenth-century salon, opera and music, art, and the literary and philosophical writings of prominent philosophes such as Montesquieu, Diderot, and Rousseau.

430/828 FW The Crusades and the Latin Kingdoms

Instructor: Dr. Richard Greenfield/Dr. Adnan Husain

The crusades were among the most formative as well as dramatic episodes of the Middle Ages. While their history has been heavily romanticized or vilified over time, depending on the cultural perspective from which they are viewed, there can be no doubt that they brought people from the societies of medieval Western Europe into direct contact, often into violent conflict, but also into situations of significant cultural exchange with those, Muslim and Christian, of the Eastern Mediterranean. In doing so they forged new relationships, developed new attitudes and ideas, created new patterns of behaviour and thought. These would play a vital role in Western Europe and the Middle East during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries but would also continue to be of influence for centuries afterwards, even down to the present day. Study of the crusades has in recent years become one of the most vibrant topics in the discipline of history. This upper year seminar will give students the opportunity to examine key topics in the history and interpretation of the medieval Crusades both in the Middle East and Western Europe from the late eleventh to the late thirteenth centuries. The society established by the crusaders in the Eastern Mediterranean and its interactions both with the different peoples of the region and with those of Western Europe will also be studied in some depth, while students will be encouraged to relate medieval crusading to relevant present day debates and issues. Stress will be placed on the use of original source material (in translation) and the development of research, analytical, writing, and communication skills of students in the upper years of a History concentration. The course will be of particular interest to students of the Middle Ages, the Middle East, Byzantium, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the history of Christianity and Islam.

446*F Gender, Sexuality and Race in South Asia

Instructor: Dr. Ishita Pande

Taking gender and sexuality as a lens to study key themes in Indian history from the early nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century, this course introduces students to a range of provocative and influential historical writings on themes such as: sexual conquest as the impetus for the British Empire in India; gendered understandings of the civilizing mission; the consolidation and ruptures of feminist alliances in the colonial encounter; gender as the founding principle of Indian nationalism; anti-colonial nationalism as a crisis of masculinity; the “rule of law” as the regulation of morality; and sexual anxieties in the constitution of religious identities in colonial and postcolonial India. Students are not required to have prior knowledge of Indian history, but should aim to acquaint themselves with basic information by consulting a textbook. (Thomas and Barbara Metcalf, A concise history of India, is available for purchase at the Campus Bookstore; others are available at Stauffer). Evaluation is based on seminar participation, a class presentation and short responses to weekly readings. The final paper is a longer research essay drawing on themes discussed in class.

449*F Topics in Medieval Mediterranean History

Instructor: Dr. Ariel Salzmann

The Mediterranean Revisited (1300-1700 C.E./700-1100 A.H.) The research of the French scholar Fernand Braudel (1902-1985) casts a long shadow over the historiography of the pre-modern Mediterranean. In his monumental study, La Méditerranée et le Monde Méditerranéen à l'Epoque de Philippe II (1949), the internal sea represents a zone of paradoxes. Unified by geographic and economic realities, it remained divided by enduring cultural and political differences. This seminar departs from a critical examination of Braudel’s legacy in the field of Mediterranean studies. A combination of translated primary sources and recent historical studies will balance our perspective on the region as a whole, particularly with respect to the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean. The course will map out important structural trends, such as inter-state relations, large scale migration, and inter-regional commerce. As we follow a Moroccan pilgrim's journey from the Sahara to Syria, unravel the ties binding English merchants to their Sephardic agents in Istanbul's bazaar, and consider the Inquisition transcripts of those accused of apostasy and heresy, students will also gain a finer grained appreciation of the diversity of cross-cultural encounters.

455 FW Heresey, Holiness and Idolatry in the Iberian Atlantic

Instructor: Dr. Nancy van Deusen

This full-year seminar will explore the ways the Inquisitions in Spain, Mexico, Peru, and Brazil operated as tools of social, cultural, and political (some would argue, bureaucratic) control over the religious practices of colonial subjects between 1492 and 1700. The course will analyze Inquisition trials to understand the nature of community politics, how disparate groups tolerated one another, and how they relied upon healing, rituals, witchcraft, and mystical visions for survival. We will consider who draws the line between orthodox and deviant religious practices, and how most colonial subjects - including go-betweens, man-gods, healers, visionaries, and specialists – lived somewhere in the interstices between sin and sainthood. The course will include primary and secondary readings that encourage interdisciplinary ways of thinking about the ways coercive and controlling measures help us understand trans-Atlantic identities, and how the parameters of religious differences were defined in specific contexts.

456 FW Islam in World History

Instructor:  Johan MacKechnie

This course focuses on the political, social, and religious institutions that shaped Islamic societies in the past and will examine some of the intellectual and scholarly traditions that have characterized the Arab and Muslim world from pre-Islamic time to today.  The course material emphasizes the ways histories of different religious communities began to be intertwined and illustrates the consequential interrelations between Islamic and European societies.  The readings consist of a selection of translated primary sources as well as complementary background essays.

458 FW The Social History of Modern Canada

Instructor: Dr. Martina Hardwick

This course is organized around the premise that non-elites, although largely excluded from traditional history, played an important part in the history of Canada. Their centrality has only been recognized within the last 30 to 40 years with the advent of social history. We will be considering these groups as well as the way the Canadian state has tried to deal with them. During the year, we will be examining various groups and topics in Canadian history to uncover the experiences and contributions of women, immigrants, Native peoples, the poor, and workers, among others. To allow a closer focus, the time frame will be limited to approximately 1840 -2000 C.E.

In addition to examining topics in depth, for example, the Canadian Parks movement and women's roles in the Depression, students are taught skills useful in post-graduate education. They will be required to write a Historiography paper, submit a research proposal, and produce a research paper using archival sources, as well as engage in article analysis and discussions. Social historians often face considerable obstacles in reconstructing the lives of those who left few or no written records. Part of our class time will be spent discussing the ways this problem may be partially overcome through oral history and material culture, the records of government bodies, and other means.

459 FW British Culture and Society, 1780-1914

Instructor: Patrick Corbeil

This senior seminar examines British culture and society from 1780 to 1914. In addition to surveying the broad scope of changes which characterized the long nineteenth century, we will focus on changing ideas of Britishness. This involves investigating Britishness as a national, imperial, religious, and ethnic and racial identity. We will explore how industrialization, fights for political rights, imperial expansion, colonization and emigration transformed the landscape in which Britishness was articulated, contested, and transformed. What did it mean to be British in the long nineteenth century? How did ideas of Britishness change between the late eighteenth century and the early twentieth? We will approach the question of Britishness from the methodological perspective of global history and the new imperial history. What this means is that our understanding of Britain will be informed by the ways the British empire and its colonies shaped ideas and ideals of Britishness. We will discuss both the empire and the emergence of modern Britain as part of the story of what we now call globalization.

461/866*W Race and Ethnicity in Latin America 1492 to the Present

Instructor:  Dr. David Parker

This seminar examines the history of race relations in Latin America from the colonial era to recent years, but with primary focus on the 19th and 20th Centuries. The course looks at the indigenous and African contribution to the making of complex multiethnic and multicultural nations in Spanish America and Brazil, while raising conceptual questions about how “racial” identities form and function in real-world settings. The course also studies race- or ethnically-based social and political movements, and scrutinizes the much-debated assertion that race relations in Latin America, when compared to other parts of the world, are “different,” more complex and fluid, and in certain ways less conflictual while in other ways possibly moreso. Marking will be based on a combination of class discussion (approx. 15-20%, subject to change), 2 short papers (approx. 15-20% each) including a position paper that will be presented as part of an in-class debate, and a take-home exam or optional research paper (40-50%). Weekly reading is heavy; that is why the default is a take-home exam that requires no additional research. A very small number of graduate students may also be enrolled in the course as HIST 866. They have additional weekly readings and will be required to write a final research paper.

464 FW The History of Sexuality

Instructor: Lorne Beswick

This course seeks to provide students with an advanced introduction to the history of sexuality by interrogating how human sexuality was understood, policed and transformed. I desire that our seminar act as a reconnaissance to a wide array of scholarship, from the foundational investigations of early sexologists in the Victorian era, to Foucault’s instrumental alterations to our knowledge to more recent studies influenced by science and emergent technologies, not only to recognize the diverse way that sexuality has been studied, but also to examine how investigations of sexuality may inform us of a rich history of the present. This course will ask questions interrelated to the study of sexuality, such as how social, cultural, and political forces became informed and understood the interplay between topics like gender, sex work, homosexuality, birth control, eugenics, and activist politics to name a few. As there is a strong emphasis on seminar participation students will be expected to attend class ready to critically engage with our weekly subject matter as we debate and discuss our weekly readings. While some of the topics that we discuss may be viewed as taboo, I stress that our seminar is an open and safe environment welcoming to all and that any disagreements must be intellectual and scholarly rather than based on personal morality, prejudice and so forth.

465 FW Topics in Women's History: Gender and the Nation

Instructor: Brittney Bos

This course explores the history of the modern nation through the lens of gender, considering how identities are tied to citizenship and nationalism across time and place. The focus is primarily on Western conceptualizations of the nation and its connections with gender since the French Revolution. Although the emphasis is primarily on women and their relationship with the nation, gender is treated as an intersectional category affecting all citizens and thus concepts of masculinity, race, class, religion, etc, are also explored. Each week interrogates related themes across time and in different national contexts, identifying thematic threads, including motherhood, war/violence, resistance and colonialism. Throughout the course, students will develop critical analytical skills in both reading and writing. Students will also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through creative and multi-media assignments that reflect the varied and contemporary uses of a history degree.

467 FW First Nations of North America

Instructor:  Georgia Carley

In this course we will delve into the extensive history of First Nations peoples in North America, from early times to the present, and we will see how this history continues to impact contemporary society. We will cover a range of topics including trade, war, treaties, colonization, religious conversion, identity and resistance. Particular attention will be placed on peoples and events in what is now Canada. Emphasis will be placed on the different ways that First Nations history has been told and can be told, what sources have been used and how the study of First Nations history has changed over time. This course aims to provide students with an increased knowledge of the history of the Indigenous inhabitants of North America, to underline the contemporary relevance of this history and to allow students to develop strong analytic, research, presentation and discussion skills.

468/868 FW  Topics in Modern European Intellectual & Cultural History

Instructor: Dr. Harold Mah

This examines some of the key issues of modern selfhood, with a particular focus on cultural developments in France but with an eye to how other intellectual currents both influenced the French and were influenced by them. The course looks at four main themes: first, the new emotionalism of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, from sentimentalism to surrealism; second, the arrival of modern urban culture in Paris; third, early twentieth-century cultural malaise and its “solutions,” and fourth, semiotics and popular culture. For the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the course examines some connections between German and French culture, how the former changed or clashed with the latter. For the twentieth century, the course considers how French culture influenced Americans and thinking about popular American culture. The intention of the course is to add successive layers of themes and analysis in modern European culture, while tracking its history over two and half centuries. It is a good follow-up to HIST 274.

Internships and Independent Study

501 FW History/Queen's Archives Internship

Contact: Undergraduate Chair (

Offers credit for archival work undertaken in conjunction with Queen’s University Archives. One month before the beginning of the term during which the work will be undertaken, students must submit an application to the Chair of Undergraduate Studies requesting credit hours commensurate with the project’s learning hours.

502*F or W History/Queen's Archives Internship

Contact: Undergraduate Chair (

Offers credit for archival work undertaken in conjunction with Queen’s University Archives. One month before the beginning of the term during which the work will be undertaken, students must submit an application to the Chair of Undergraduate Studies requesting credit hours commensurate with the project’s learning hours.

515  Independent Study Project