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History Course Descriptions:  2016-17

First Year Courses

Hist 121 FW The Intellectual Origins of the Contemporary West
Co-ordinator: TBD

This course is a survey of the major ideas in Western Civilization and the societies, cultures, and people, which helped to form them. Students will learn about the past by reading and discussing the great works of philosophy, history, and literature from antiquity to our contemporary world. The first half of the course (Fall term) starts with creation ideas in Hebrew thought and Greek myth, and ends with contact between Europe and the so called New World in the sixteenth century. Students will study the roots of modern society in the political and educational ideals of the ancient Greek city-states, Roman notions of justice and power, the Christian transformation of pagan antiquity, Islam and science, monks and knights in medieval Europe, and the rebirth of the arts and religion in the Renaissance and Reformation. The second half of the course (Winter term) continues the survey of themes and ideas from the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution to Romanticism, Marxism, liberalism, modern feminism, colonial exploitation, and the destructive theories behind Nazism and fascism. This course reveals how the past is very much alive in our contemporary society; an inheritance for better or worse most evident in ideas about politics, morality, religion, and education.   

The course is presented through a combined weekly lecture and seminar discussion format. Attendance in both is required. The weekly lecture provides necessary background to seminar discussions where groups of moderate size meet to discuss material read in advance. The readings are all excerpts of primary sources -- the actual writings of thinkers who lived in the times under discussion and influenced the development of Western Civilization. Students are required to do weekly assigned readings and to participate in class discussion. To do well in this course students must also attend lectures, complete assignments with care, and study for exams.


Hist 122 FW The Making of the Modern World
Co-ordinators: Dr. Aditi Sen/Dr. Amitava Chowdhury

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-ordinator:  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 124 F/W (on-line) Canada in the World
Instructor: Valerie Martin

An introduction to major themes and events in the history of Canada placed in a North American and world context. Topics include relations between natives and newcomers, comparative colonialism, the emergence of nation-states and new social and cultural identities. Assignments emphasize analysis of historical texts and development of research and writing skills.

For more details see Continuing and Distance Studies

Hist 125 S/S and FW (on-line) The Evolution of Modern Europe
Instructor: Dr. Leonid Trofimov

A survey of European history from the 18th to the 21st 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*F (on-line) India and the World
Instructor:  Dr. Aditi Sen

For more details see Continuing and Distance Studies

212*F Experiential 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 Experiential 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. 

214*W (on-line) Food in Global History
Instructor: Dr. Aditi Sen

For more details see Continuing and Distance Studies

215*W Sport and the Spectacle of Violence from Antiquity to the Renaissance
Instructor: Dr. Anthony D'Elia

Sport and public entertainments were spectacles of violence, from ancient Greek athletic contests and Roman gladiatorial combat to the jousts, hunts, executions, and mock battles of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. Exploring ruins of buildings, texts, and images as evidence will illuminate such issues as gender roles, the social and political functions of violence, eroticism, and cruelty to animals.

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:  Dr. Vassili Schedrin

A thematic-chronological history of the Jews from ancient times to the beginning of the modern era. Topics to be explored include: emergence of Biblical Judaism; political, social, religious and cultural interactions of the Jews and other ancient and medieval civilizations and religions, such as Babylon, Greece, Rome, Christianity and Islam; the rise of rabbinic Judaism and Jewish communities in Diaspora. The course traces continuity and change of Judaism and Jewish civilization thorough examination of a variety of source material: primary historical texts, historiography, and works of art, including literature and film.

222*W Jewish and World Civilization (since 1492)
Instructor: Dr. Vassili Schedrin

A thematic-chronological history of Jews from the beginning of the modern era to the post World War II period. Topics to be explored include: political emancipation of the Jews in Western Europe; Jewish attempts to integrate into European societies; reform and counter-reform of Judaism; rise of modern antisemitism; Holocaust; emergence of Zionism and establishment of the Jewish state. The geographic span of the course includes Western and Eastern Europe, North America, and Middle East. The course analyzes the impact of modernity on Jewish life through examination of a variety of source material: primary historical texts, historiography, and works of art, including literature and film.

224*W (on-line)
Religion in Canadian Francophone Communities
Instructor: Dr. Caroline-Isabelle Caron

Culture and Religion in Canadian Francophone Communities: This course aims to introduce students to the socio-cultural and religious realities of French-language communities in Canada, from the 19th century to today. This online and distance course aims to introduce students to the socio-cultural and religious realities of French-language communities in Canada, from the 19th century to today, with particular attention to Québec, French Canadians outside Québec, Acadians and French-speaking First Nations in Canada. The main objective is to offer an overview of these communities and the challenges they face, including questions of assimilation, education, linguistic rights and the roles played by Churches and religion among them.

For more details see Continuing and Distance Studies

240-001 FW
Issues in History: Islamophobia from the Crusaders to Donald Trump
Instructors:  Dr. Adnan Husain/Dr. Ariel Salzmann

When did Islam and Muslims become an all-purpose target of Western rage ? Are current policies and violence directed against Muslims in Europe and North America simply responses to acts of terrorism by individuals and groups? Or do they betray a deeper, millennial ambivalence toward Christendom’s most proximate civilizational rival and ally? This course traces the roots of the fraught and complex relationship between the West and the Muslim world from late classical Middle East to contemporary North America. In addition to providing students with an understanding of Islam, the second largest religious civilization with roots in Europe, Asia and Africa, it explores historic patterns of interaction and competition that have shaped Western perspectives.  It examines issues of cultural identity, racial and ethnic difference, immigration, citizenship in a longer historical perspective to explore the combination of society anxiety, political opportunism, and the resilient narratives employed by mass media and pundits that continue today to distort the image of Muslims and Islam in the West.

240-002 FW
Issues in History: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
Instructors: Dr. Bill Morrow

(No pre-requisites required - open to first year students also)

The introductory biblical Hebrew course has two purposes: to introduce students to the language of Biblical Hebrew as a medium for understanding the biblical text, and to enable students to read Biblical Hebrew prose with the aid of a dictionary. No prior knowledge of Hebrew is assumed.           

By the end of the course, students should possess the following types of knowledge and skills:
       Basic knowledge of Biblical Hebrew grammar and vocabulary.
       The ability to read Genesis 1–4; 6-9 in Hebrew. 
       The ability to read many parts of a standard Jewish prayerbook (Siddur) with the aid of dictionary.

In the Fall semester, a semi-inductive method is used to learn the fundamentals of Biblical Hebrew. By the end of the first semester, the class will have read Genesis 1 in Hebrew. In the Winter semester, the focus will be on consolidation of language skills through reading most of Genesis 2–4, 6–9 in Hebrew.

241-001*F 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.

242*F Issues in Canadian History: The Canadian Challenge I, 1900-1950
Instructor:  Dr. Christo Aivalis

This class takes a broad look at Canadian history, from 1900 to 1950. 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, the emergence of women’s suffrage, the role of immigrant populations, and Canada’s transition from British dominion to member of the American sphere of influence. 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 various forms of popular media.

242*W Issues in Canadian History: The Canadian Challenge II, 1950-2016
Instructor: Dr. Christo Aivalis

This class takes a broad look at Canadian history, from 1950 to the present. 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: What are the positive and negative aspects of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Does Canadian multiculturalism actually foster an inclusive society? Has free trade been good for Canadians or the Canadian economy? What are the effects of an evolving post-war Canadian capitalism?

Themes covered in this class include, but are not limited to: Quebec’s Quiet Revolution, the role of women in the workplace, Canadian economic nationalism, the increasing prominence of Indigenous Canadians in politics, the rise of the New Right, and growing environmentalist movements. 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 various forms of popular media.

244*W Selected Topics in History: U.S. Foreign Policy, 1900-present
Instructor: Dr. Vaneesa Cook

This course is designed as an undergraduate survey in U.S. foreign relations, beginning with America’s emergence as a world power in the late-nineteenth century and ending with the war on terror in the early twenty-first century.  We will consider how U.S. policymakers, intellectuals, and the general public understood the nation’s changing role in the world.  We will also examine the ways in which foreign and domestic relations became increasingly interconnected over the course of the twentieth century.  Modern technology, communication, and transportation created global networks, which made the world seem smaller, more integrated, and, for many Americans, more dangerous.  As such, U.S. foreign policies not only affected the international environment, but they also helped determine what it means to be “American.” 

Issues of national power, imperialism, political economy, warfare, class, race, and gender were hotly debated, and the notion of American identity was continuously contested, in the context of foreign relations. For better or worse, we continue to live with the consequences, the legacies, and the lessons of previous U.S. foreign policies in our own time.

246*W The Soviet Experiment
Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Manley

This course examines the Bolshevik attempt to found a new social, economic and political order and to create a new man and woman in the process. It is intended to introduce students to the history of the Soviet Union from its origins in the Revolution of 1917 to its collapse in 1991. We will devote attention to the policies and practices of the Soviet state as well as to the experiences of individual Soviet citizens. To this end, students will be exposed to Soviet public culture (as manifest in materials such as propaganda posters and musicals), to the secret inner workings of the Soviet leadership (as revealed in the letters and orders of top officials), and to the sensibilities of the Soviet population, which we will access through memoirs, literature, and diary excerpts. 

250 FW The Middle Ages
Instructor:  Dr. Abigail Agresta

This course serves as an introduction to medieval Europe, a society that went from the scattered remains of the Roman empire to a power that would go on to dominate much of the world.  The goal is to acquaint undergraduates with the slow creation of European culture and society during the period 300-1500, including the invention of romantic love, the rise of the university, and the growing use of credit.  Comparisons will also be made with the other two heirs of Rome: the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic world.  In particular, the course will focus the roles of different kinds of power--physical violence, writing, economic instruments, and the holy bodies of saints--in shaping and reshaping European society. 

The first semester will cover the disintegration of the Roman Empire and the subsequent emergence of new kingdoms and social structures.  In the second semester we will examine the increasing complexity of medieval society after the year 1000: the growth of cities, royal power and religious dissent, and increasing contact with a wider world.  Readings will include a number of primary sources in translation.

263*S/S (on-line) War in the Twentieth Century: Myths and Reality
Instructor:  Dr. Claire Cookson-Hills

An online course that will introduce students to armed forces in modern history, and how they relate to the societies they function within and against.

This course will thematically draw together some of the key issues of international violence and armed force from the twentieth century, and will allow students to connect them to the experience of the modern world. It will explore the fundamental questions of what military force is, how it is organized, how it is used, and what some of the ramifications of that use are both to the military and to civilian populations. Thematic examples will be drawn from throughout the twentieth century, with the overarching theme that how we imagine war (heroic, masculine, physical) often bears no resemblance at all to how modern war is conducted (mechanical, bureaucratic, and industrialized). Other themes will include how war has shaped modern society, how these societies shape warfare both in history and today, and how war is portrayed and consumed in contemporary Canadian culture.

For more details see Continuing and Distance Studies

263*W War in the Twentieth Century: Myths and Reality
Instructor:  Dr. Claire Cookson-Hills

A blended course that will introduce students to armed forces in modern history, and how they relate to the societies they function within and against.

This course will thematically draw together some of the key issues of international violence and armed force from the twentieth century, and will allow students to connect them to the experience of the modern world. It will explore the fundamental questions of what military force is, how it is organized, how it is used, and what some of the ramifications of that use are both to the military and to civilian populations. Thematic examples will be drawn from throughout the twentieth century, with the overarching theme that how we imagine war (heroic, masculine, physical) often bears no resemblance at all to how modern war is conducted (mechanical, bureaucratic, and industrialized). Other themes will include how war has shaped modern society, how these societies shape warfare both in history and today, and how war is portrayed and consumed in contemporary Canadian culture.

270*W (on-line) Contemporary China
Instructor: tbd

For more details see Continuing and Distance Studies

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.

280 FW (on-line) Gender in North American History
Instructor:  Sonia Dussault

This online course introduces students to history of gender in North America. Over the course of the year, we will use the lenses of manhood, womanhood and modern – “gender analysis” to: (1) explore change and continuity in the cultural meanings and lived experiences of men and women; (2) investigate some of the ways, in which popular understandings of masculinity and femininity and family formations have shifted (or been subtly reinforced) overtime; and (3) examine the social construction of gender in relation to other categories of power and difference, including class, ethnicity, “race”, sexuality, and religion. The course also considers the impact of gender on historical events and phenomena such as colonization, industrialization, class conflict, economic upheavals, and wars. The goal is to teach students about the craft, practice, and discipline of history while also offering a broad introduction to gender history in the North American past.

For more details see Continuing and Distance Studies

285*F 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, a 6-page essay and a final exam.

286*F Latin America from 1850 to Today: The Modern Era
Instructor: Dr. David Parker

This course surveys the history of Central and South America, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean from the mid nineteenth century to recent years.  Major political events and social trends will be explained in their broader economic, cultural, and intellectual context, with significant attention to issues of development, political conflict, and movements for social change.  History 286 is a lecture course.

Course Requirements:  Midterm 25%.  6-7-page document analysis essay 30%. Essay-style Final, 45%.

Hist 289*F Britain Since 1851
Instructor:  Claire Cookson-Hill

A survey of British history in the 19th and 20th centuries.

This chronological survey of British history looks to understand the relationships between Britain, its empire, and Europe. The course will explore broadly thematic elements within different eras of British history. Industrialization, liberal democracy, commerce, and imperial expansion will be examined in the late nineteenth century. The course then focuses on the World Wars, financial collapse, and internationalism in the early twentieth century. Finally, in the mid- and late-twentieth century, the course surveys national policies, cultural exports, decolonization, and the Cold War. Through these themes, the course examines the rise of fall of Britain as a great power.

Although a lecture class, HIST 289 is dedicated to active learning. In class-time, students will be asked to write five-minute papers on questions addressed in lecture, watch movie clips, and engage with in-lecture activities. Utilizing the excellent British history resources available at the Queen’s libraries, HIST 289 will also sharpen students’ research abilities through a series of primary source assignments. In order to foster real-life teamwork and communication skills, a group project will also be assigned as the major assignment for the term. Quizzes will wrap up each Module and a final exam will provide a summary for the entire course.

294*F Arab-Israeli Conflict and Regional Security
Instructor: Dr. Yakub Halabi

"This course provides students with insight into the causes and consequences of the Arab-Israeli conflict since the late nineteenth century. We will examine the detailed history of the political tension and hostility between Israel and the Arab world in general and Israelis and Palestinians in particular. Throughout this course we will analyze the history of this conflict since the rise of Zionism in Europe, and the role of regional and international actors and will relate them to primary documents that have come to define the conflict over time. We will also explore the present-day attempts of conflict resolution or conflict management and other contemporary issues and potential solutions to the conflict."

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.

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

302 FW Colonial Invasions, Colonial Lives
Instructor:  Dr. Nancy van Deusen

The course is meant to deepen your knowledge of the impacts of invasion and colonialism on the lives of colonial Latin American subjects, and enhance how you read and interpret primary and secondary sources, conduct historical analysis, discern a thesis and methodology in secondary sources, and write analytical, short essays. We will examine chronicles, films, legal documents, a spiritual diary, Inquisition records, etchings and paintings: all sources that will be read in tandem with books and articles related to the specific topic of the week.  There will be short writing assignments, presentations, and a take-home essay final based upon the topics covered in the course. The professor will give consistent feedback, encouragement and guidance on written and oral work that will serve students as they enter their third and fourth years at Queen’s. Hist 302 includes a lecture component in the fall term - seminar component in the winter term. You may not take this seminar if you have already taken Hist 285.

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.

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.

312 FW Canadian Social History
Instructor: Steven Maynard

If we are what we eat, then we were what we ate – or didn’t eat, as the case may be. This year’s iteration of HIST 312 will adopt the newly established subfield of food history as a way to explore Canadian social history more generally. We will look at topics such as immigrant food cultures and food as assimilation; the role of food in Indigenous histories and the processes of settler colonialism; the relationship of food to gender relations; and “would you like fries with that?,” or food as paid work. In short, we will use food as a prism through which to explore the customary variables of social historical experience and power – race, gender, class, etc. – in the Canadian past. This being a core seminar, emphasis will be placed on honing your skills in seminar presentation, historiographical critique, and primary historical research. In the second term, a major research project will involve excavating the local history of food provision and poverty in Kingston in the context of current concerns over food security.

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. Dinah Jansen

This intensive survey course examines major political, social, and economic developments in Europe from the late 18th century to the present day and the significance of these processes in shaping the modern European world.  Coursework will introduce students to major historical debates and use a variety of primary source materials. Beginning with the Enlightenment and French Revolution, students will also examine reconstruction and revolutions after the Napoleonic Wars, the emergence of new political ideologies, the public sphere, imperial expansion, and national unifications.  Students will also learn about the First World War, its causes and consequences, as well as the emergence of authoritarian states, World War Two, the Holocaust and the Cold War.  The course will culminate with an examination of the processes that led to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and an assessment of issues related to migration and European integration since 1991.


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.

341 FW The Reformation
Instructor: Dr. Richard Bailey

The objective of this seminar is to offer a balanced introduction to the Reformation. The seminar takes a critical approach to a broad range of subjects including late medieval religion, Christian humanism, Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, the Radical Reformation, the Reformation beyond German lands, the social and cultural impact of the Reformation, and the Catholic Reformation. The first term focuses on Reformation thought – scholasticism and humanism, Erasmus and Luther. The second term turns away from Luther and theology to the social history of the Reformation. It is more about theory which is weighing more heavily in historical research today. In addition to weekly readings students will be asked to concentrate their research focus on one project out of which will come two research papers, one seminar presentation, and a final (take-home) exam.

344*W 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.

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 students with the recurring dream of a glorious future and of attempts to describe and realize it. In the first term 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 the present including readings from golden age traditions (western and non-western), Plato, Virgil, Dante, Thomas More, Francis Bacon, Tomasso Campanella, Gerrard Winstanley, Francois Fenelon, Edward Bellamy, and Ursula LeGuin. Other themes explored in student presentations can include utopias in the colonial Americas, ecotopias, feminist and LGBT utopias, and experiments in communal and cooperative living since the 1960s. The second term is devoted to helping students prepare for life in the world beyond the university by exploring (through online resources such as author interviews, TED Talks, author lectures) visions of the future through the eyes futurologists such as Thomas Frey, Ray Kurzweil, and Joel de Rosnay. We look closely at the coming human/machine interface and its implications for our lives including its impact on careers, leisure, society, politics, and education.  We conclude with critical reflections on the status of utopian/futurist thought today. In addition to weekly readings students will be asked to concentrate their research focus on one project out of which will come two research papers, one seminar presentation, and a final (take-home) exam.

390-001 FW Topics in History: Considering the Nation-Nationalism & Transnationalism in 20th C. North America
Instructor: Emily Leduc

What constitutes a nation? How are nations built, fortified, or deconstructed? When do borders matter? When do they not? What is the value of national narratives and are there alternative ways of studying the past? These questions lie at the heart of this ‘Topics in History’ seminar course. At its most basic, the course explores the growing trend of expanding beyond national approaches to historical study. The course serves as a thematic exploration of the study of nationalism and transnationalism, primarily with the North American individual in mind. This course calls into question the ways in which we perceive borders and ‘the nation’, and highlights the importance of incorporating a transnational historical perspective. In order to demonstrate the evolution of nationalism studies, this course is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on how nations are made and reinforced, and to what benefit or detriment. Topics to be covered include race, gender, social structures, immigration, and cultural and political conflict. The second half of the course introduces transnational frameworks of analysis and applies them to various cultural topics spanning the twentieth century. Topics for discussion include anti-American anxieties, television and radio broadcasting, music and protest politics, digital communities, celebrity activism, travel and tourism, the language of fear and terror in the media, and corporate consumer culture. The readings are intentionally thematic and widely interdisciplinary and course assignments are both conventional and creative, designed to help students expand and develop their skills in historical analysis and critical thought.

390-002 FW  Topics in History: A History of Global Development
Instructor:  William Langford

This course aims to deepen our understanding of the economic, political, social, and intellectual trajectories of development.  The seminar will engage, on a global scale, the interrelated history of dominant liberal and capitalist articulations of development and Marxist and anti-imperial resistance and alternatives.  Students will gain an appreciation of the complex history of development across the 18th to 21st centuries.

390-003 FW Topics in History: Public History
Instructor: Angela Duffett

This course is an introduction to public history in both theory and practice. Public history refers to the many ways in which historical knowledge is presented to the public. Public historians study and critique historical representations but they are also practitioners who create representations and share historical knowledge. This course lays some of the groundwork for preparing to work on reflective and responsible public history projects. Topics of study include sites and mediums of historical representation (museums, historic sites, archives, oral history, digital history, etc.), and notable case studies in public history. Most case studies are drawn from American, British, and Canadian examples. Students should be prepared to take part in group work as part of a public history project where they will apply their knowledge and confront the challenges and compromises involved in seeing a public history project through to completion. A more traditional research paper is also part of the course requirements, ensuring that students gain experience in historiography and research as well as public history practice.

390-004 FW Topics in History: 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 entrepreneurship, the firm, and the corporation 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, early stock market investing in England and Ireland, the American barbershop and department store, and the birth of the credit card.

393*W Topics in History: Gender & Sexuality in Medieval Britain
Instructor: Connor Kelly

This course will explore the development in Britain of Latin Christian views towards human sexuality and gender from late antiquity to the end of the fifteenth century. Through the close examination of a range of clerical and lay-authored texts, students will explore how shifts in the cultural and religious landscape shaped contemporary conceptions of masculinity, femininity and sexual ethics. Topics will include military service, Christian just war theory, the birth of chivalry, sex and seduction in popular literature, the composition of the medieval family, gender and the division of labour, marriage, sexual violence, gendered differences in Latin Christian spirituality and religious life, sex work in law and literature, and medieval views regarding same-sex behaviour.

400-001*F Topics in History: Israel/Palestine: One Land, Many Narratives
Instructor: Dr. Howard Adelman/ Dr. Yakub Halabi

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.

400-002*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.

400-003*F 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.

400-001*W Topics in History: Jews and Muslims in Modern Europe: The Enlightenment Origins of Islamophobia & Antisemitism
Instructor: Dr. Howard Adelman/Karabela

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.

400-003*W Topics in History: Russian Jewish Encounter in Imperial Russia: 1800s-1917
Instructor: Dr. Vasilli Schedrin

The course provides a window on the exciting field of Russian Jewish history. In this seminar we will seek to answer the following principal questions: how and why the encounter between Russians and Jews re-shaped both nations and changed their histories? Russian and Jews first encountered one another on considerable scale in the late eighteenth century. By the end of the nineteenth century Russia became a home to 5.2 million Jews, becoming the world's largest Jewish community. Through discussion of primary historical sources and scholarship we will see how, during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Jews increasingly perceived Russia their home and Russians—their countrymen. We will see how Russians increasingly perceived Jews an essential part of Russia's political, economic, and cultural landscape. We will also see how unique modern identity of a "Russian Jew" developed.

400-004*W Topics in History: Capitalism: A Global History
Instructor:  Dr. Ariel Salzmann

400-006*W Topics in History: The British Discover their Past, 1475-1730
Instructor:  Dr. Daniel Woolf

This course will examine the emergence of a sense of history, and its relationship with key events of the period: for example, discussions of the origins and history of the Christian church during the Reformation, constitutional discussions before and during the civil wars of the seventeenth century, and debates on natural rights and royal succession in the later seventeenth and early eighteenth century. Attention will be paid to formal historical writing of the period, but also to antiquarianism, memory (local and national), natural philosophy, political theory, and the relations between oral culture, writing and print. Although the course will emphasize England, select material from Scotland, Wales and Ireland will also be used. Students will have the opportunity to work with rare books from the period.

401*W Topics in History: History vs. Pseudo-Hist: Ancient Vikings, Ancient Chinese & Ancient Aliens in Canada
Instructor: Dr. Caroline-Isabelle Caron

History vs. Pseudo-History: In this 12-week senior seminar, students will explore the prevalence of pseudo-history and pseudo-archeology in Canadian popular media (books, television, web). The course aims to provide students with critical tools to identify and debunk these attractive and pervasive modern myths. Popular media, especially television, is flled with wild claims of secret origins, hidden discoveries and forgotten ancestors. From ancient aliens to destroyed civilizations, we are used to being told we have been either lied to by governments or that scientists wilfully blind themselves to the “truth”. Why does history and archeology so easily inspire endless theories about aliens, lost civilizations, dark conspiracies, apocalyptic predictions, and mysterious technologies? How do we tell the truth from the bunk?

404*W Themes in Diaspora History
Instructor:  Dr. Ishita Pande

This course is an introduction to the theories and methods of studying the history of diasporas, through key texts and a range of primary sources. Themes include migration and memory, trade and labour, 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. Examples will be drawn primarily from the South Asian and African diasporas. Students will engage closely with weekly readings through active participation in the seminar and short writing assignments, and apply their knowledge to identify a key primary source, and to write a research paper.

405 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 2016?

416*F Material History in Canada
Instructor:  Dr. Caroline-Isabelle Caron

Canadian Material History: This senior seminar will introduce students to the basics of material history methodology while exploring the many meanings of the «stuff life is made of», i.e. the artefacts among which Canadians have lived since 1900, those things that have shaped Canadian identities and cultures to this day. This course will look at how artefacts can inform and enrich historical enquiry. Because historians have traditionally and primarily relied on texts, they have often overlooked artefacts, therefore ignoring the methodological frameworks found in archeology, anthropology, art history, folklore, etc., where objects are at the centre of analysis. Consequently, they have missed out on large portions of the lived experience in the past.

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. 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.

436*W Topics in Canadian Legal History
Instructor:  Dr. Jeff McNairn

This senior seminar in Canadian legal history aims to develop critical reading, discussion and writing skills by concentrating on common seminar readings and both primary and secondary sources. It introduces students to the selected topics and approaches in the field, especially related to the histories of crime and punishment. Other topics may include the history of moral regulation through the law (concerning prostitution and drugs, for instance), and the role of the law in the history of colonialism involving Aboriginal peoples. The course seeks to reveal both how history can shape our understanding of the law and how legal history can inform our understanding of the past.

442*F New World Societies
Instructor:  Dr. Nancy van Deusen

This third and fourth-year seminar will consider topics relevant to the colonial (16th-18th c.), indigenous Andean world (modern day Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador). The course is geared toward students who do not have a specialization in Latin American history, but who are interested in broadening their understanding of the history of the Andes and the participation of indigenous Andeans in the construction of their own history. The book by Kenneth Andrien, Andean Worlds, provides background knowledge and is required reading for all students. Throughout the term we will read and analyze both primary and secondary sources, and consider Inca notions of sovereignty, indigenous responses to the Spanish invasion, material culture, forms of religious expression, female labour, and rebellions. This course is meant to enhance the students’ understanding of the complexities of colonial Andean social, political, and cultural history as well as enhance written and verbal skills. Students will have written assignments and a take-home final.

449*W Topics in Medieval Mediterranean History
Instructor: Dr. Adnan Husain/Dr. Howard Adelman

Messiahs, Mystics, and Martyrs in Muslim and Jewish Religious Culture (Drs. Adnan Husain and Howard Adelman)

This course explores the interplay or “symbiosis” between Jews and Muslims, Judaism and Islam, to understand the religious identities and cultures of both and their mutual development rom the time of Muhammad to the mysterious messiah and convert to Islam Sabbatai Zvi in the 17th century Ottoman empire.  Among the key topics discussed are religious dissent, sectarianism, conversion, polemics, politics, power, the treatment of religious minorities, and apocalyptic or messianic movements across the Medieval Mediterranean world. The course explores shared intellectual movements in philosophy, theology, and mysticism while investigating the tensions between traditional and text based authority and popular rebellious movements based on charismatic leaders.

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 changing understandings of race and ethnicity in Latin America from the colonial era to recent years, with primary focus on the 19th and 20th Centuries.  The course looks at the indigenous and African contribution to the making of complex multiethnic nations in Spanish America and Brazil, while raising conceptual questions about the meaning and function of “race” in a part of the world that challenges standard North American racial concepts and preconceptions.  We explore race-making as a complex interplay between economic and political structures and ordinary people’s actively evolving negotiation of culture, status, and identity.

Marking for undergraduates will be based on a combination of class discussion (15%), a 1200-word position paper that will be presented in one of two in-class debates (20%), a 1200-word discussion paper on a single week’s readings (20%), and a final take-home exam or optional research essay (45%).   Weekly readings are entertaining but substantial; that is why the default for undergrads is a take-home exam that requires no additional reading.   

M.A. students enrolled in the course as HIST 866 have additional weekly readings and are required to write a major historiographical essay (worth 50%) instead of a take-home exam. 

463*F Liberalism, Authoritarianism and Citizenship in Latin America
Instructor: Dr. David Parker

Gaining their independence only a few decades after the United States, the nations of Latin America can be counted among the oldest constitutional republics in the world.  In this they differ greatly from the postcolonial nation-states of Africa or Asia. Yet paradoxically, scholars often characterize Latin America as prisoner of its colonial past, with a distinctly anti-liberal, centralist, authoritarian political culture.  This course questions the notion of a distinct Latin American tradition, in order to spark debate about major events, issues, and turning points in the region’s political history.  The tension between liberalism and authoritarianism provides an organizing framework, informing discussion of early and mid 19th century instability and civil war, late 19th century state-building, 20th century populism and revolution, military rule and repression in the 1970s-1980s, redemocratization, and problems of citizenship.

The course is designed with undergraduates in mind; any students taking the course for graduate credit as HIST 888 attend additional tutorials and write a research paper.

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.

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