School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

History

     SEMINAR COURSES     

HIST-801     Religious Identity, dissidence and interaction in the pre-modern Mediterranean
This course examines the formation of religious identities and confessional cultures in the medieval and early modern Mediterranean world, including Muslim, Byzantine and Latin societies. It approaches these issues from two complementary vantages, examining intra and inter-religious difference. The course investigates the construction of religious orthodoxy and unorthodoxy, the nature of dissent, controversy and "heresy" in Muslim and Christian religious cultures. Likewise, it examines interreligious relations and experiences among Muslims, Christians and Jews and the treatment of religious minorities in the Mediterranean. It explores the possibility of an interplay between these two processes historically in the Mediterranean world in order to understand the consequences on religious and political cultures and identities.

HIST-802*     Selected Topics in History I: Radicalism, Revolution, and Religion in Russian History and Literature
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. (May be offered jointly with HIST-400.) One term seminar; fall. A. Siljak.

HIST-803*     Topics in Irish History 1798 to the Present     
An exploration of topics in the social, cultural, political and economic history of Ireland from the Rising of 1798 onwards (May be offered jointly with HIST-484). One term seminar; winter. D. Akenson.

HIST-804*       The Atlantic World I     
This seminar explores the exchanges, circulations, mobilities and interconnectedness of goods, texts, ideas and people comprising the four continents of the Atlantic World from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries.  Topics to be explored in the 2017 seminar include encounters between different peoples, cultural geography, ethnographies, network ontologies, material circulations, cartography, and indigenous and African slavery. We will also spend several classes focusing on the early modern indigenous Atlantic. Topics will vary from year to year. One term seminar; fall. N. van Deusen.

HIST-805*       British North America, c. 1749-1880     
This field seminar will survey the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the British colonies that became Canada from roughly the founding of Halifax in 1749 to the Confederation era. Topics may include British imperialism, Native-newcomer relations, the development of neo-British settler societies, and the new social relations and institutional structures of an emerging capitalist and liberal order. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-806*      U.S. History since 1900     
This course will introduce students to major works and themes in US history since 1900. Topics will vary from year to year. Consult the department website for details. One term seminar; winter. R. Currarino.

HIST-807     Reading French (If available)     
This non-credit course is designed to develop students' reading skills in French. Although some grammar is covered, the primary emphasis is on comprehension of a wide variety of texts in French in order to equip graduate students for research. Assessment for this course will be either Pass/Fail. Students are not permitted to audit this course. However, they may write the final exam without enrolling in this course, as a way of satisfying the language requirements for the PhD in History. Assignments and evaluation:Three in-class tests (75%), final test (25%).  Not offered 2017-18.
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of French.           
Exclusion: Open only to graduate students who need to fulfill their graduate language requirement.

HIST-808*     Capitalism: A Historical View     
This seminar approaches the economic, sociology and culture of capitalism from a global and historical perspective. Departing from an examination and critique of the European canon (Smith, Marx, and Weber)  students will explore themes, question assumptions and develop a new understanding of the global dimensions of economic change and the resulting relations of power and inequality between peoples and within societies. One term seminar; winter. A. Salzmann

HIST-809*     Imperial and Postcolonial History     
This course examines the history of imperial formations and colonial contact in the British empire in the east in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on the interdisciplinary and theoretical approaches of postcolonial criticism. Themes include statecraft and governmentality, colonial development, race and diaspora, power and archives, decolonization and the afterlives of colonialism. One term seminar; winter. I. Pande.

HIST-810*     First Nations of North America     
Examination of the ethnohistorical method and the writing of Native American history. Topics will include archaeology, anthropology, contact between Europeans and First Nations, trade, missionaries, colonization, and there will be a geographic focus on Canada and the United States and a chronological focus on the period 500 A.D. to 1900. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-812* Selected Topics in History: Empires and Intimacies
This course explores the transnational “emotional economy”: that is, familial and intimate relations of power created in and by empires, in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  The readings are thematic and interdisciplinary, drawn from national and transnational contexts, primarily in the Americas. Topics include colonial knowledge formation, tourism, visual cultures, racialization, sexual politics, the politics of childhood and other bonds of affect. One term seminar; fall. K. Dubinsky.  May be offered jointly with HIST-400 or HIST-401. EXCLUSION: HIST-400 or HIST-401.

HIST-813*     Topics in Modern European History I     
This course will address key topics and historiographical debates in Modern European History. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-814     The Social History of Modern Canada     
Studies in Canadian society in its pre-industrial, industrial and postindustrial aspects, 1900-1975. Topics in labour, immigration, childhood, family, urban and rural history, with emphasis upon both the cultural and technological contexts of social change. Readings from the traditional and new social history literatures. The discussion is national in scope with focus upon distinctive regional developments. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-815     Quebec Culture and Society, 19th-20th Centuries     
Exploration of major topics and trends in the history of Quebec, and of the evolution of major cultural and societal aspects of the French-speaking population of Quebec during the last two centuries, from family formation and gender roles, to the role of the Catholic Church and popular entertainment. A working knowledge of French will be an advantage in this class. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-818*     Topics in Global Agrarian & Environmental History     
A course on globalizing agrarian problems.Pressures on agrarian societies are considered in relation to environmental history and the history of environmentalism. An overview of relevant literature illuminates challenges and transformations since 1900, including Green Revolutions and the weakening of collectivist modes of production.Discussion of current scholarly trends examines research on past practices as patterns of ecological sustainability. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-819*     Topics in the History of China Since 1949     
The course examines how Maoist policies shaped the People's Republic of China, how the post-Mao reform programs emerged through negotiations between state and society, and the rapid, sweeping changes experienced by the Chinese people since the 1980s. A particular focus will be the local-level and the manner in which the business interests of Communist Party and military officials have shaped reform. (May be offered with HIST 499.) One term seminar; winter. E. Hill.

HIST-822     New World Societies     
An exploration of how New World societies were born out of the contact between Europe, Africa, and the Americas that followed Columbus’ landing in 1492. Topics will include contact, colonization, slavery, trade, race, culture, and creolization. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-823*     Canada's Racial State     
This course is a study of nineteenth and twentieth century Canada in the context of non-Native settler colonialism, biopolitics and human rights activism. Students will be required to lead each seminar. One term seminar; fall. B. Walker.

HIST-824*     Cultural History of Enlightenment France     
An examination of how the Enlightenment changed French culture, focusing on key ideas of cultural development and stagnation, changing sensibility and sociability, and cultural institutions and venues. (May be offered jointly with HIST-424.) Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-825*     Global, World, and Transnational History     
This seminar is designed to provide an advanced level introduction to the methodological field of Global, World, and Transnational History based on the study of global problems, processes, patterns or issues. The course will cover the major trends in historiography, examine the primary epistemological issues, and explore how commodities, people and the environment serve as interesting and important methodological avenues. This course will also engage with the foundational debates in the field, and consider its pragmatic and epistemological challenges. One term seminar; fall. A. Chowdhury.

HIST-826*     Culture Decades: Canada, 1945-
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". (May be offered jointly with HIST-401.) One term seminar; winter. J. Brison.

HIST-827* Medieval Greece 
An examination of the complex political history of the region now understood as Greece and its multiple societies, cultures and religious communities from the 4th - 15th centuries. Attention will also focus on the construction of identities for and within this region, both during the period itself and in later Ottoman, Western European and Modern Greek discourses. (May be offered jointly with HIST-400). EXCLUSION: HIST-400.

HIST-828     The Crusades and the Latin Kingdoms     
An exploration of key topics in the history and interpretation of the medieval Crusades. The society and culture of the Latin kingdoms will be studied, as will the impact of the Crusades on the peoples of the eastern Mediterranean, both Muslim and Christian. (Offered jointly with HIST-430.) Two term seminar; fall and winter. R. Greenfield.

HIST-829     The Italian Renaissance     
This course explores the society and culture of the Italian Renaissance (ca 1100-1600). Students will read and discuss great works of literature (Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio), philosophy (Ficino, Pico della Mirandola, Erasmus), political thought (Machiavelli, Guicciardini), lesser known sources, such as letters, diaries, and trial records, recent works of social history, and in general the historiography of the Renaissance. Topics include: humanism (the reception of classical antiquity), art, religion, plague, war; ideals and realities about family life, marriage, and gender. (May be offered jointly with HIST-419.) Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-830*   Selected Topics in History: Hunger in Modern European History
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. (May be offered jointly with HIST-400.) One term seminar; winter. R. Manley.

HIST-831*   Selected Topics in History: Machiavelli’s World and the Italian Renaissance
This course introduces students to the field of Italian Renaissance history through the writings of Niccolò Machiavelli and recent scholarship in social, cultural, intellectual, and political history. Apart from the enormous influence Machiavelli has had on political thought, his writings directly relate to many of the issues and debates that concern modern historians of the Renaissance and our own contemporary world, such as theories and realities of war, religion, and the status of women. May be offered jointly with HIST-400.) One term seminar; fall. A. D’Elia.

HIST-835*     Comparative Public Policy
Examines public policy in Western Europe, the United States and Canada from the late nineteenth century to the present day, with an emphasis on the post-1945 era. Topics include the rise of the welfare state (health care, employment, housing, pensions, family, and education policy); taxation; urban planning, economic policy, immigration policy, free trade and globalization. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-836     Studies in Russian History
Major problems in the history of the Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union. Special emphasis is placed on the first two decades of Soviet rule and the Stalin period.  Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-839*       The State in Canada to 1914
This seminar explores how historians have studied the state, power, and authority in the long 19th century from diverse theoretical perspectives. Topics may include the new political history, settler colonialism, and technologies of the liberal state such as maps, the census, treaties with First Nations and reservations, schooling, and the law. One term seminar; winter. J. McNairn.

HIST-840     Studies in 18th Century France: The French Revolution, 1789-1799     
An examination of the main events of the French Revolution in the light of modern research. Special emphasis will be placed on cultural developments as seen in symbols, festivals, music, plays, caricatures, monuments, and architectural projects, using the rich collection of primary sources available at Queen's. A reading knowledge of French is desirable. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-841*     U.S. History to 1900     
This course will introduce students to major works in US history up to 1900. One term seminar; fall. R. Currarino.

HIST-843*     Comparative Colonial North American Societies     
A thematic examination of some of the social, cultural, religious and intellectual aspects of colonial societies in North America in the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. Special emphasis is placed on issues surrounding race, gender and status and how differing peoples and cultures interacted over time and in specific places and cultural contexts. One term seminar; fall. J. Errington.

HIST-850     Religion and North American Society, 1850-1960     
Through select topics this course will probe the nature of religion and its profound influence upon Canadian and American society and culture, from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1960's. Topics include: method and theory in the writing of religious history; the nature and impact of revivalism; the relationship between religion, gender and class; and the nature and extent of secularization in the twentieth century. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-851* Global African History
This course focuses on global African history from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean and the African diasporas. Seminar topics include oral traditions and oral history; historical linguistics; subaltern voices and vocal subalterns; religious histories and histories of religions; civilizations and missions to civilize; the environment and developmental pursuits across time.

HIST-852* African Decolonization and In-Dependence
This advanced seminar offers an in-depth examination of African history since independence. Core topics include the contradictions of colonialism; upheavals of decolonization; economic crises and famines after independence; dislocations of the Cold War and attendant socioeconomic re/mis-configurations; and the challenges and prospects of the 21" century, including the War on Terror and the rise of China (May be offered jointly with 400 level History course).

HIST-855* The British in India
This course examines the impact of colonialism in the subcontinent from the mid-eighteenth century to the present, with a focus on the diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of colonial India.Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-858     The English Revolution and its Origins, 1600-1661     
This course will explore recent historiographical trends in the study of early Stuart England and will deal with such areas as the nature of society, religious disputes, and both central and local politics in the period lasting from 1600-1661. (May be offered jointly with HIST-418.) Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-859* Modern Britain and the World
This course is an exploration of the history of Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a particular focus on how the world shaped this history. One term seminar; winter. S. den Otter.

HIST-865     Selected Topics in History II: Empires and Intimacies    
This course explores the transnational “emotional economy”: that is, familial and intimate relations of power created in and by empires, in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  The readings are thematic and interdisciplinary, drawn from national and transnational contexts, primarily in the Americas. Topics include colonial knowledge formation, tourism, visual cultures, racialization, sexual politics and other bonds of affect.Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-866*     Race and Ethnicity in Latin America, 1492 to the Present     
This course examines the history of race relations in Latin America from European contact to the present day, focussing on the significant indigenous and African contribution to the complex multiethnic societies of Mexico, Central and South America. Major topics include indigenous resistance and adaptation to conquest and colonial rule, long-standing debates about assimilation versus cultural survival, and contemporary struggles over land, resources, and identity. The course also looks at slavery, emancipation, and the cultural contribution of Africans to modern Latin America, and at the much-debated assertion that Latin America provides a unique and less conflictual model of race relations (May be offered jointly with HIST-461.) Not offered in 2017-18.

HIST-867*     Modernisation and Cultural Change in Latin America, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries     
This course examines the transformation of Latin America from a comparatively traditional, rural, poor and unstable region in 1850 to a comparatively modern, urban, but still poor and unstable region in the mid-twentieth century. Key themes include nation building, the changing role of women, and debates about immigration, crime, public health, and the "social question." Throughout the course we will be looking at the cultural impact of modernisation, the persistence of fundamental problems of poverty and inequality, and the ongoing tension between the past and the present. (May be offered jointly with HIST-462.) One term seminar; fall. D. Parker.

HIST-868     Topics in Modern European Intellectual and Cultural History      
An in-depth examination of intellectual and cultural changes in continental Europe, 1750 to the present, organized around such themes as changing views of selfhood, rationality, emotions, irrationality, and technology. Movements that might be examined include the late Enlightenment, Romanticism, realism, and modernism. (May be offered jointly with HIST-468.) Not offered in 2017-18.

HIST-876     Canada at War     
An exploration of war in a Canadian context, with an emphasis on how war has shaped Canadian society and the relationship between Canada and its armed forces. Topics to be studied, from a Canadian perspective, include the military as a profession, military culture, combat stress, leadership, gender and sexuality in the military, and mutinies. Two term seminar; fall and winter. A. English.

HIST-877*     History, Memory, Commemoration     
Students will explore the multitudinous ways individuals and collectivities imagine, (re)create, perform and relate to their pasts, since the 19th century. This graduate seminar will introduce the major theoretical frameworks of collective memory, commemoration and memorials, public and institutional history, and other forms of collective memory making, using seminal Canadian, American and European case studies. Particular attention will be given to the major approaches developed over the last thirty years, introducing the most important researchers of this very popular field, also focussing on ground-breaking techniques and innovative primary sources. The major objective is to familiarize students with the best studies in the field and prepare them to undertake studies using these principles. One term seminar; fall. C.I. Caron.

HIST-878*  US Culture and Society, 1945-
An examination of selected themes in US cultural history. Topics for discussion include mass consumer society, 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. (May be offered jointly with HIST-400.) EXCLUSION: HIST-400. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-880* Miracles and Magic in Byzantium
An examination of evidence for, attitudes towards, and perceived mechanisms of, miracles and magic in the Byzantine world, while considering differing theoretical approaches to and historiography of the subject Topics to be covered will include: traditions of sanctity and miracle, demonology, and magic or sorcery (roughly categorized under protection, discovery and manipulation). (May be offered jointly with HIST-400). EXCLUSION: HIST-400. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-881* Religious Identity in Byzantium
Beginning with the creation of the concept of religious identity in the early Christian and Late Antique context, this course explores issues in the construction of an orthodox religious identity, and, in parallel, the establishment of dissidence as unorthodoxy in the Byzantine and East Mediterranean world to the fifteenth century. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-882*     Historiography of Medicine     
An introduction to current issues in the historiography of medicine through an examination of subjects, methods, sources, historians, and texts. Students will be able to direct their readings to areas of individual interest pertaining to period or place. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-883*     Epistemological Issues in Medical History     
An exploration of concepts of disease, with emphasis on the origin, history, and nature of the medical model, its advantages and shortcomings. The course will begin with discussion of readings concerning competitive theories of disease (e.g. ontological versus physiological views; person-centered versus population-centered). The history of the disease, tuberculosis, will be used as an initial example to orient students to the changing conceptualizations of single forms of suffering. (May be offered jointly with PHIL-871*; exclusion PHIL-871* under HIST-883* and exclusion of HIST-883* under PHIL-871*.) Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-884*     Nobel Prize in Medicine: Who won it; Who didn't; and Why?     
Since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been the ultimate certificate of major contributions in medical science. Yet, some Nobel achievements are now viewed with disdain (eg lobotomy, DDT); others seem incomplete or undeserved because they overlook workers who made key discoveries. By studying the work and careers of some laureates, students will become familiar with landmarks (and disasters) in twentieth-century science. They will also learn to write and criticize histories of science and commemoration. Mechanism: core and secondary readings, student presentations, essays. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-885     The History of Sexuality     
This course examines the history of sexuality in a comparative context, using Canada, Britain and the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries as a focus. (May be offered jointly with HIST-464.) Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-886*     Topics in Early Modern Europe I     
This graduate seminar examines topics in the political, social, economic, cultural and intellectual history of Early Modern Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution. Topics may include the rise of the modern state, the age of exploration and colonialism, revolution, gender and sexuality, intellectual and religious life, and economic transformation. One term seminar; fall. J. Collins.

HIST-887*     Topics in Mediterranean History     
This seminar approaches the history of the Mediterranean as a space of inter-religious and cross-cultural encounter in which to investigate religious, ethnic, linguistic and/or racial identity and diversity. It may also consider the economic, social, and political expressions and consequences of cosmopolitan interaction, conflict and coexistence on the societies of the Mediterranean zone.Topics and chronological framework change from year to year; consult history website for further details.  One term seminar; winter. A. Husain.

HIST-888*     Liberalism, Authoritarianism and Citizenship in Latin America     
Key debates in the political history of Latin America from Independence (1820s) to the recent past. Themes include the tension between liberal and authoritarian traditions; struggles for civil, political, and human rights; populism and charismatic leaders; revolutionary and reactionary ideologies. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-889*     China’s Revolutions, 1911 to 1949     
A course on China’s nationalist and communist revolutions. Readings explore rival revolutionaries’ goals and programs. Seminars examine the internal and international struggles affecting the outcome of the civil war of 1946-1949. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-890*     Britain and the Empire     
This course is an introduction to recent approaches to the study of the British Empire and draws extensively on scholarship that treats ‘metropole’ and ‘colony’ as a unified field of analysis. Themes include slavery and abolition, ideological justifications for empire, empires and intimacies, knowledge and power, ‘race’ and diaspora. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-891*     Topics in Early Modern Europe II     
This graduate seminar examines topics in the political, social, economic, cultural and intellectual history of early Modern Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution. Topics may include the rise of the modern state, the age of exploration and colonialism, revolution, gender and sexuality, intellectual and religious life, and economic transformation. One term seminar; winter, A. Jainchill.

HIST-892*     Topics in Modern European History II     
This course will address key topics and historiographical debates in Modern European History. Please consult the department website for further details. Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-893*     19th Century Colonial North America     
This course will continue to explore the themes considered in HIST-843* with particular reference to the nineteenth century. The course will also offer students the opportunity to engage in original research in the field. One term seminar; winter. J. Errington. PREREQUISITE:  HIST-843* or permission of the instructor.     

HIST-894*     The Atlantic World II     
This seminar examines the creation and subsequent decentring of an Atlantic World from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries.Topics may include encounters between different peoples, methods of conversion and cultural colonialism, ethnographies, economic and social exchange, diasporas, slavery, emancipation, and revolution. Topics will vary from year to year. Consult the department website for details.Not offered 2017-18.

HIST-895*     Directed Reading     
Individual directed reading/tutorials under the guidance of a faculty member in an area of the instructor's expertise. The course is one semester in length and is normally to be held in the fall. NOTE: HIST-895* may not be counted for credit as fulfilling part of the minimum two-course requirements for History graduate students.

HIST-896 *     Directed Reading     
Individual directed reading/tutorials under the guidance of a faculty member in an area of the instructor's expertise. The course is one semester in length and is normally to be held in the winter. NOTE: HIST-896* may not be counted for credit as fulfilling part of the minimum two-course requirements for History graduate students.

HIST-897     Directed Reading     
Individual directed reading/tutorials under the guidance of a faculty member in an area of the instructor's expertise. Normally fall and winter. NOTE HIST-897 may not be counted for credit as fulfilling one of the minimum two-course requirements for History graduate students.

HIST-898     Master's Essay Research     

HIST-899     Master's Thesis Research     

HIST-901     Approaches to History     
An examination of major historical debates, schools of historical research and writing, and historical methodologies. This course is required for all Ph.D. candidates and open only to Ph.D. candidates. This course is marked on a pass/fail basis. One term; fall. A. Jainchill.

HIST-909     Canada, Military     

HIST-999     Ph.D. Thesis Research