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History HTST

Instruction offered by members of the Department of History in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Department Head - W.M. Elofson

Junior Courses

History 201 H(3-0)

The History of Europe

Selected topics may include formation and breakdown of political structures: cultural, social, and technological continuity and change; development of religious and secular belief systems; interactions among cultures. Course content will vary each session. Please consult the History Department for more specific information.

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History 205 H(3-0)

Encounters in History

Selected topics may include formation and breakdown of political structures: development of societies, cultures, religious and secular belief systems; developments in technological science and economies, anywhere on earth. Course content will vary each session. Please consult the History Department for more specific information.

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History 207 H(3-0)

The History of the Americas

Thematic treatment of the history of the American continents, with special attention to multicultural encounters, immigration and migration, economic and labour systems, social structures, and the frontiers of European settlement. Course content will vary each session. Please consult the History Department for more specific information.

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History 209 H(3-0)

The History of China

A survey of thought in China from the cultural heroes to the present, with emphasis on philosophy, religion, and ideology. Topics covered include Shang religion, Confucianism, Taoism, Mohism, minor schools of thought, Legalism, Buddhism, Neo-Confucianism, Qing textual studies, republican ideologies, nationalism, Marxism-Leninism Mao Zedong Thought, and late twentieth-century reformist movements.

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History 211 H(3-0)

Canada: Origins to 1867

An introduction to the dynamic themes in early Canadian history. Special attention will be devoted to social, economic, and political development, White-Aboriginal relations and the settlement of the Maritimes and the Canadas, and the opening of the West.

Note: Not open to students with credit in History 203 or 339.

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History 213 H(3-0)

Canada Since 1867

Themes in the development of the Canadian nation from Confederation to the present, with particular attention to federal-provincial relations, economic development, social movements, and western political protest.

Note: Not open to students with credit in History 203 or 341.

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Senior Courses

History 301 H(3-0)

The World to 1500

An historical survey of the development and rise of civilizations, their divergent and interacting patterns of belief, social and political organization and material life.

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History 303 H(3-0)

Great Explorations

The concept of exploration from the time of Columbus to the space voyages, based on the reading of primary sources. Topics include the idea of conquest, views of different races and religions, and myths and realities of explorers and discovered lands.

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History 307 H(3-0)

The Contemporary World

The contemporary world from the nineteenth century era of industrialism and empire, through to twentieth century struggles of underdeveloped countries for independence. Stress will be laid on growing global interdependency and the rise and the erosion of western cultural, economic, and political hegemony.

Note: Not open to students with credit in Social Sciences 202.

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History 309 H(3-0)

African History

History of Africa with special reference to economic, social and political developments. Topics include society and the natural environment; migration of peoples, ideas and religions; trading networks; the impact of the slave trade; African reactions to European rule; nationalism and the road to independence.

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History 311 H(3-0)

South Asia and the Indian Ocean from 2500 B.C.E. to the Present

Major events and themes in the history of South Asia and the Indian Ocean littoral. Topics include state formation, the trading world of the Indian Ocean, social and religious developments, the impact of Islamic and European states and economies, modes of reaction to colonial rule, and the course of nationalism.

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History 315 H(3-0)

East Asia to 1800

China, Japan and Korea from antiquity to 1800, highlighting continuities, discontinuities, and salient cultural features. Topics include the relationships between society, political institutions and thought during certain key periods in the history of China and Japan.

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History 317 H(3-0)

East Asia from 1800

The modern histories of China, Japan and Korea beginning with the Mid-Qing dynasty in China and the Late Tokugawa period in Japan.

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History 319 H(3-0)

Early Medieval Europe, 410-1076

The sack of Rome to the eve of the Investiture Controversy. The economic, social and institutional features of Western Europe, including the origins and rise of the Church, monasticism, barbarian kingdoms, feudalism and the agrarian economy.

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History 321 H(3-0)

High and Late Medieval Europe, 1076-1418

Western Europe from the emergence of national states to the end of the Great Schism. The evolution of the economic, social, religious and cultural structures of Medieval Europe: the revival of agrarian, commercial and urban economies, the development of religious divisions, and the rise of church and state powers.

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History 323 H(3-0)

Renaissance Europe, 1350-1550

Political, economic, social, cultural and intellectual developments which transformed Europe at the end of the Middle Ages.

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History 325 H(3-0)

Reformation Europe, 1460-1559

Roots of religious schism and its impact on politics, diplomacy and society. Special emphasis on religious thought and its repercussions upon society.

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History 327 H(3-0)

Europe in the Era of Religious War, 1559-1715

The clash of Protestant and Catholic forces, the eventual decline in religious passions, and the general crisis of the seventeenth century.

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History 329 H(3-0)

Eighteenth-Century Europe, 1715-1815: Age of Enlightenment and Revolution

State building and international relations; aristocracy, peasants, and the urban middle classes; popular culture; critical spirit of the Enlightenment; crises of the old regimes; the era of the French Revolution and Napoleon.

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History 331 H(3-0)

Nineteenth-Century Europe, 1815-1914: Material Progress and Political Collapse

New ideologies of liberalism, conservatism, nationalism, and socialism, nineteenth-century revolutions; industrialization and its social consequences; emergence of new nation-states; imperialism, partial emancipation of women; new cultural trends; successes and ultimate failure of the European power balance.

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History 333 H(3-0)

The Age of Totalitarianism

Europe from 1900 to the Cold War. Emphasis will be placed on totalitarian regimes in Italy, Germany, and the Soviet Union; war and society in the two world wars; the Holocaust; and the Cold War.

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History 334 H(3-0)

Medieval Britain Origins to 1460

The birth and development of political, social, legal, religious, military and economic institutions; the history and successive interaction of Pict, Celtic, Roman, Germanic, Norman and Angevin societies.

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History 336 H(3-0)

Early Modern Britain 1461-1714

From a feudal to a mercantilist society: Renaissance and Reformation; Tudor and Stuart constitutions; class and social structure; urban development; the British Empire; international relations.

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History 337 H(3-0)

Twentieth Century Canada

Explores major themes in the emergence of modern Canada, with emphasis on the rise of a national consciousness, military and diplomatic involvements, the role of the state, socio-economic developments and national unity.

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History 338 H(3-0)

Modern Britain 1714 to Present

The Industrial Revolution; nationalism and imperialism; the rise of the middle and working classes; the social welfare state; emergence of modern British society, economy, politics, and constitution.

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History 343 H(3-0)

History of Women in Canadian Society

Topics may include the role of women in the economy, politics, social reform, the law, health care, the domestic sphere, life course experiences, and culture.

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History 345 H(3-0)

Canadian Native History

Aboriginal Canada, from the beginnings of contact with Europeans in the sixteenth century, to the present, with particular emphasis on Native-Newcomer relations.

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History 347 H(3-0)

Western Canada

A topical approach to Western Canadian history. Possible topics include: the native people, European exploration, settlement, rural and urban society, social and political reform, the New West, and culture.

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History 349 H(3-0)

Canadian Military History

Survey of the history of the Canadian military in peace and war from 1867 to the present. Emphasis will be placed on Canada's role in World War I and World War II and on the development of the Canadian military in the Cold War era.

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History 351 H(3-0)

A History of Canadian Politics

The historical development of Canadian politics and political culture since Confederation. Major themes will include the emergence and changing role of parties, the impact of federalism, political insurgency and reform, and leadership.

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History 353 H(3-0)

Canadian Social Development

The growth of Canadian society from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on European and American backgrounds of Canadian social institutions and their development in various regional settings. Consideration will be given to the role of immigrants, social and ethnic groups, health, crime and punishment, education, religion, the arts, and recreation.

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History 357 H(3-0)

Wild West/Mild West? Comparative History of the U.S. and Canadian Wests

The similarities and differences in the histories of the Canadian and U.S. Wests from the pre-colonial periods to the present. Topics may include the place of frontier and the West in national historical narratives, myths, and imaginations; aboriginal peoples; immigration and settlement; land policy and land use; and the social relationships and economies that characterize the U.S. and Canadian Wests.

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History 359 H(3-0)

The United States to 1877

A history of the United States from colonial settlement through the era of Reconstruction.

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History 361 H(3-0)

The United States since 1877

A history of the American people since the era of Reconstruction.

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History 365 H(3-0)

Latin America before Independence

The history of colonial Latin America with particular reference to political, social and economic themes such as race relations, imperial rivalries and the struggle for national independence.

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History 367 H(3-0)

Latin America since Independence

A history of the Latin American nations since independence with special attention devoted to political change, economic dependency and modernization, social and economic revolution, and inter-American relations.

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History 371 H(3-0)

Magic, Science, and Religion in Europe to 1600

The relationships among magic, science, and religion as manifested in the concepts of the Devil, Witchcraft, Alchemy, Astrology, the Hermetic Tradition, and the emergence of science from the time of Augustine to the time of Galileo.

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History 373 H(3-0)

Magic, Science, and Religion in Europe after 1600

The relationships among these traditions from 1600 to the present. Topics will include their role in the Scientific Revolution, Science and Religion in the Enlightenment, and the debates about evolution and Christian thought.

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History 375 H(3-0)

Religion in Modern European Society

Topics in religious history from the late eighteenth century to the present, focusing on the relationship between religious belief and modernization; religion and the French Revolution; secularization; religious revival; religious dissent and minorities; the impact of capitalism, socialism, and urbanization; church-state relations; totalitarianism and religion; problems of gauging religious belief.

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History 377 H(3-0)

The Historian's Craft

An introduction to the basic skills for historical research and writing, an inquiry into historical interpretation and analysis and an understanding of various historical or theoretical studies.

Prerequisites: One 200-level History course.

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History 379 H(3-0)

War and Society I: From the Medieval Period to the Age of Napoleon

A survey of military history from the Crusades to the Age of Revolution. The emphasis will be on European warfare, and its extension overseas. Topics include: the origins and causes of war; the impact of new inventions on tactics and strategy; military and naval innovation and resistance to innovation, the changing relationship of offense and defence; and the relationship of military institutions to society.

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History 381 H(3-0)

War and Society II: From Waterloo to the Nuclear Age

A survey of military history from 1815 to the modern era. The emphasis will be on the impact of technology on offensive and defensive warfare, and on the nature and limits of naval, military and air power. Topics include: civil military relationships; the concept of mass war; themes such as the development of military medicine, the evolution of methods of supply and transport, and military theory.

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History 383 H(3-0)

War and Society III, The Cold War Era and Beyond

A historical survey of limited and conventional warfare in the nuclear age. The emphasis will be on conflict and tensions since 1945 in such regions as Europe, Asia (Korea and Vietnam), the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. Topics may include military theory, guerrilla warfare, new technology, the logistics of war, and civil-military relations.

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History 385 H(3-0)

The History of Taiwan

Survey of Taiwan history from ca. 1550 to the present, emphasizing pre-Chinese aboriginal history, migration to the island, government, society, inter-communal relations, Taiwan's international status, and recent democratization.

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History 387 H(3-0)

(Political Science 387)

Political History of Ireland from 1603

A study of modern Ireland from the English conquest of 1603 to the present. It will include a special emphasis on the origins of the contemporary Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.

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History 389 H(3-0)

Government and Politics of Japan since 1850

Political development of modern and contemporary Japan, and Japan's diplomatic relations with its Asia-Pacific neighbors.

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History 391 H(3-0)

(Political Science 391)

Modern Latin American Politics and Society

A political history of modern and contemporary Latin America. Themes may include populism, revolution, militarism, new social movements, and democratization.

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History 401 H(3-0)

African History from 1800

Thematic treatment of African societies, their subjugation to colonial rule, with the origins and impact of nationalism and decolonization.

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History 403 H(3-0)

South Asian History from 1750 to 1947

Thematic treatment of South Asian societies from the end of the Mughal period to independence in 1947; the interplay of British and South Asian factors; nationalism and anti-colonialism in India.

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History 405 H(3-0)

Topics in East Asian History

Thematic treatment of East Asian societies. The topic or topics for a given session will be announced in advance and may vary from year to year.

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History 407 H(3-0)

Chinese History

Chinese history through the twentieth century; archaeological and traditional accounts to the middle of the Ming dynasty; modern China from 1500 through the Qing dynasty and the early twentieth century; the history of the Communist movement in China to the death of Mao Zedong in 1976; cultural, intellectual, political, social, diplomatic and military history of China.
407.01. Premodern China to 1500
407.02. Modern China, 1500-1950
407.03. Communist China, 1917-1976

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History 411 H(3-0)

Russian and Soviet History

A survey of Russian history from the tenth century to the present. Topics include: the role of Orthodox Christianity in Russian society, the rise of Muscovy, the emergence of Imperial Russia, the institution of serfdom, the revolutionary movement, social and economic change, and a comprehensive survey of Soviet history, with special attention to the origins, nature and fate of the Communist Revolution.

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History 412 H(3-0)

Russia and the Soviet Union

A short introduction to pre-19th century Russian history and a survey of the history of Russia and the Soviet Union in the 19th and 20th centuries, finishing with a brief examination of post-Soviet Russia.

Prerequisites: One 300 level History course or Russian 317.

Note: Not open to students with credit for History 411.02.

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History 413 H(3-0)

German History

German history from the Thirty Years' War to the present. Themes include the rise of Brandenburg-Prussia, Austro-Prussian "dualism," mercantilism, Enlightenment, the impact of the French Revolution and Napoleon, the reform movements, sociocultural change in the nineteenth century, liberalism, the revolutions of 1848, German unification, the social and economic foundations of the Second Empire, German overseas expansion, the origins and conduct of both world wars, the Weimar Republic, Nazism, the Holocaust, the postwar settlement, the social, cultural and political impact of the Cold War, and the fall of the Berlin wall and German reunification.
413.01. Germany, 1648 to ca 1870
413.02. Germany, ca. 1870 to the Present

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History 415 H(3-0)

History of Spain and the Spanish Empire

Spain from its ancient Iberian, Greek, Roman, and Islamic roots to the present. Special attention will be given to the Christian Reconquista, the rule of the Catholic Kings, the formation of the Spanish Empire in the New World, and the rise and decline of Spain as European and world power. Themes will include the eighteenth-century Bourbon reforms, the War of Independence, and the nineteenth-century conflicts. In the twentieth century, special attention will be given to the Second Spanish Republic, the Civil War (1936-1939), the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, and contemporary Spain.
415.01. Spain from Iberian Origins through the 1808-1814 War of Independence
415.02. Modern Spain, 1808-Present: Liberalism, Militarism, Regionalism

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History 421 H(3-0)

French History

France to the Fifth Republic; France from the end of the Hundred Years' War, emphasizing the institutional and political development of the state and monarchy in the context of social and political upheaval, the development of royal absolutism in theory and practice, and France's role in European affairs; fading Splendour of Versailles; society and institutions of the Ancien Régime; failure of reform; the era of the Revolution and Napoleon; the second cycle of monarchy, republic, and empire; triumph and tragedy in war; the new commitment to modernity. 421.01. France, 1453-1715: Recovery, Crisis, and Royal Absolutism 421.02. France, 1715-1968: Decadence, Revolution, and the Search for Stability

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History 423 H(3-0)

Marriage in Feudal Society: Sacrament, Contract and Alliance

The introduction and evolution of marriage in Western Europe - especially in England, France, and Italy - from the barbarian invasions to the Reformation. The emphasis will be on the influence of the sacramental character of marriage in its various legal, political and social forms.

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History 427 H(3-0)

Ideas that Shaped Modern Europe: The Nineteenth Century

A historical study of romanticism, liberalism, nationalism, socialism, Darwin and Darwinism, the rediscovery of the "irrational," the rise of the social sciences, literary and artistic alienation.

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History 431 H(3-0)

Canada During the World Wars

The nature, course and impact of Canada's involvement in the two world wars, with emphasis on home front developments.

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History 432 H(3-0)

Fur Trade to Free Trade: Canadian Trade Traditions, Policies and Debates from Colonial Era to the Present Day

Canadian history in the perspective of its trade-oriented economy. Topics include the colonial staples economy, emerging trade priorities in nineteenth century politics and society, protectionism, preference and free trade theories, and tariff policy. Emphasis will be placed upon the social context of trade debates, Canada's "culture" of economic nationalism, infant industry protectionism, and later strategic trade policies in the contexts of crises, prosperity and globalization.

Prerequisites: History 211 or 213 or consent of the Department.

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History 433 H(3-0)

Public History

An introduction to the practice of history in historic sites, museums and other public agencies, and to the skills, methods and techniques employed in these settings. Attention will be given to recent public controversies involving historical interpretation.

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History 435 H(3-0)

Prophets, Priests and Prodigals: Selected Topics in Canadian Religious History

A historical analysis of the pluralistic character of Canadian religions. Themes will include missions, native religions, awakenings, revivalism and social reform, fundamentalism and modernism, secularization and belief.

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History 437 H(3-0)

Canadian Environmental History

Historical development of Canadian attitudes towards nature, from the First Nations and the first European settlers to the present day.

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History 439 H(3-0)

Topics in Western Canada

A history of Aboriginal societies, the fur trade, Red River settlement, establishment of Canadian institutions, and an agricultural economy, and the resistances of 1869 and 1885; themes in the historical development of the agrarian community in Western Canada; political movements among the western farmers, the nature of plains technology and work, and the economic evolution of the prairies; prairie towns and cities with an emphasis on planning, transportation, population, government, social structure.
439.01. The Early West to 1896
439.02. Rural Society in Western Canada

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History 441 H(3-0)

Images of Western Canada

Views of the Canadian West from varying perspectives in Canadian history: e.g., early British and American travellers, early scientific expeditions, Canadian political groups, entrepreneurs, writers, immigrant literature, social reformers, historians and Western farmers.

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History 445 H(3-0)

The History of Quebec

Quebec from the founding of New France to the present. Although the primary focus will be on Quebec, the history of the French speaking communities outside of the St. Lawrence Valley will also be discussed.

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History 447 H(3-0)

History of the Canadian North

Historical development from the beginnings of European exploration to the present day. Topics include: the native peoples, Arctic exploration, Canadian sovereignty, the politics of northern development.

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History 449 H(3-0)

History of Popular Culture in Canada - 1850 to Present

Selected themes in the historical development of popular ideas, customs, beliefs and attitudes. Topics include: recreation, leisure and sports; class and ethnocultures; the mass media; popular entertainment and music.

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History 451 H(3-0)

Intellectual Roots of Modern Canada

Themes in Canadian intellectual history, including various expressions of nationalism, and the perception of English and French Canadian intellectuals and social reformers of the nature and impact of an urban, industrial and technological society.

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History 453 H(3-0)

Canadian Business History

A survey of Canadian business from the earliest times to the twentieth century. Topics include trading companies, partnerships, banks, insurance companies, industry, managerial capitalism, international enterprise, business-government relations, and businessment and the social order.

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History 455 H(3-0)

Colonial Society in North America

A comparative study of French, Dutch, Spanish and British colonial settlements in North America. Topics will include exploration and development, government institutions, religion and immigration with particular attention to social and cultural aspects and experiences.

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History 457 H(3-0)

The Origins of North American Immigration, 1600 to the Present

The social, economic and political conditions which brought millions of immigrants to the United States. Topics will include emigration, settlement in the United States, and Canadian-American migration movements.

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History 459 H(3-0)

Topics in U.S. Social History

Topics vary from year to year and may include gender, class, race and ethnicity, slavery, labour, and social movements.


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History 460 H(3-0)

The Civil War Era in the United States

The political, economic and social history of the United States in the decades leading up to the Civil War, the military conflict itself and the aftermath of war.

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History 461 H(3-0)

The Impact of Religious Movements on the United States

The social, political and economic impact of American Catholic, Protestant and Jewish religious institutions and their offshoots.

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History 462 H(3-0)

Topics in United States Political History

Aspects of the history of American politics from the Revolution to the twentieth century. Emphasis on the process of governing; elections and party politics; legal and constitutional affairs.

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History 463 H(3-0)

The United States, 1945 to the Present

The development of a national consensus on the world at home and abroad and the breakdown of that consensus. Topics will include the Cold War, Korea and Vietnam; the social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s, especially the Black revolution, the Feminist movement, the development of a Youth culture, and the evolution of the imperial presidency to the Watergate Crisis.

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History 465 H(3-0)

Topics in U.S. Regional History

History of the U.S. West or South. Topics will vary from year to year. Regional history of the U.S. West may include issues of gender, settlement, the Mythic West, frontier and region, or historiography. Regional history of the U.S. South may include the rise and fall of slavery, sectional crisis and the Civil War, the New South and the Civil Rights movement.
465.01. The History of Women in the American West
465.02. The American West: Imagination, Myth, and History
465.03. The U.S. South

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History 467 H(3-0)

Mexican History

A social and economic history of Spain's most important colony, New Spain. Focus will be placed upon the introduction of European institutions, the great hacienda, mining, frontier expansion, regionalism, and the wars for independence. Mexico's national experience since independence. Special themes will include nineteenth century political and economic struggles, foreign interventionism, the twentieth century Mexican Revolution, regionalism, relations with the United States, and the rise of the modern republic.
467.01. Mexico: Roots and Traditions to Independence
467.02. Mexico, The Making of the Modern Nation, 1824 to the Present

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History 469 H(3-0)

Latin America: A Study in Diversity Since the Conquest

Selected themes and issues in Latin American History, with an emphasis on social and cultural history.

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History 471 H(3-0)

The Military in Latin America

The history of warfare and the armed forces in Latin America from colonial times to the present. Emphasis upon modern wars, militarism, the rise of caudillos, and the impact of the military on society.

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History 472 H(3-0)

Ecological Transformation in British Frontier Societies since 1500

The ecological history of British frontier societies. Topics may include the Columbian exchange and fatal impact theses; contemporary and modern perceptions of the environment, land use, and settlement patterns; and investigation into indigenous and European approaches to biological, ecological, and climatological management. Regions may include the Americas, India and the East Indies, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

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History 473 H(3-0)

History of Crime and Criminal Justice in England

Crime and the development of the criminal courts and jurisdictions, the police, punishments, and correctional institutions, from medieval to modern times. Attention will be given to the relationship of criminality to moral attitudes and socio-economic conditions, and to the historic role of crime and punishment in local communities, society and the state.

Prerequisites: One European History course or consent of the Department.

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History 474 H(3-0)

English Legal History

The common, canon, and international law in England from medieval to modern times. Topics include the development and application of legal doctrine; the evolution of courts and the constitution; and English contributions to theories of international law. Attention is given to the relationship between law and social, economic, and political issues.

Prerequisites: One European History course or consent of the Department.

Note: Not open to students with credit in History 369.

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History 475 H(3-0)

History of Crime and Criminal Justice in Canada

Crime and the development of the criminal law, criminal courts and jurisdictions, the police, punishments, and correctional institutions in eastern, central and western Canada from the late seventeenth to the late twentieth centuries. Attention will be given to the relationship of criminality to moral attitudes and socio-economic conditions, and the historic role of crime and punishment in local communities, society and the state.

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History 477 H(3-0)

History of Science

Historical development of ideas about the natural world from the ancient myths and philosophies of the Middle East and Greece through the time of Galileo. Emphasis on the emergence of Greek science, science in the Middle Ages, and the Copernican Revolution. Historical development of post-Galilean science: the mechanical philosophy, Descartes, Boyle, Newton; 18th-century Newtonianism; the rise of the theory of evolution, Darwin, genetics through the discovery of DNA.
477.01. History of Science, Ancient Times to Galileo
477.02. History of Science, 17th to 20th Centuries

Note: History 477.01 is a prerequisite to 477.02.

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History 483 H(3-0)

World War I

An examination of the nature and course of the First World War (1914-1918), with an emphasis on the Western Front. Topics will include the historiography of the war, strategy and tactics, the impact of technology, and the effect of the war on the nations involved.

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History 485 H(3-0)

World War II

The nature, course and short-term results up to 1950 of the Second World War in its global dimensions. The political as well as the military side of the Allied/Axis conflict will be studied.

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History 487 H(3-0)

Brazilian History since 1500

Economic development, political institutions, social and cultural trends, and the interaction between men and women and the environment.

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History 488 H(3-0)

Great Britain as a Great Power, 1690 - 1970

A study of British military, diplomatic and imperial history between 1690 and 1970, with a focus on the roots of Britain's power.

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History 489 H(3-0)

Espionage and the State, 500 BCE - 1939

The rise of modern intelligence services in the West. Changes in the role, importance and technology of intelligence will be assessed. The contribution of intelligence to political and military strategy in selected conflicts will be examined.

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History 490 H(3-0)

Espionage and the State, 1939 to the Present

Intelligence during the Second World War, the Cold War, and afterward. Changes in the role, importance and technology of attention will be assessed. The contribution of intelligence to political systems, international relations and military operations will be assessed.

Note: Not open to students with credit in Historical Studies 489.02.

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History 491 H(3-0)

Diplomatic History

A history of international relations and of the foreign policies of states in Europe and the world between the French Revolutionary Wars and the First World War. A history of international relations and of the foreign policies of states in Europe and the world between the end of the First World War and the end of the Cold War.
491.01. Diplomatic History, 1793-1918
491.02. Diplomatic History, 1919-1989

Note: Either History 489 or History 491.01 is a prerequisite for 491.02.

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History 492 H(3-0)

Comparative World Diplomacy

A comparative study of the origins and development of world diplomatic practices and ideas of international relations. Analysis of the forms and processes of diplomacy and ideas of international relations of major world cultures, and international contacts from an intercultural perspective, from antiquity to the 1840s CE.

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History 493 H(3-0)

Special Topics in History

The topic or topics for a given session will be announced in advance and will vary from year to year.


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History 495 H(3-0)

Film and History

Film as a historical document, in particular as a source of social and intellectual history. Topics include: the role of film at moments of decisive historical change; the content and dissemination of political ideologies and social values; film as a source of propaganda; changing attitudes to minority groups; preservation of historical detail.

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History 498 F(3S-0)

Historical Methods and Philosophies of History

A seminar for Honours students on the interrelationship between the philosophies of History and historical methodology.

Note: Restricted to Honours students and open to other qualified senior students with the permission of the Department.

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History 499 H(3-0)

Latin American Economic History

The internal and external factors that have shaped Latin America's economic growth and development since 1492.

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500-Level Courses

Note: Without the permission of the Department of History, all 500-level History courses will be restricted to Majors in History, prior to July 21.

History 501 H(3S-0)

Topics in the History of British Imperialism

A thematic and comparative approach to British Imperialism in Africa and South Asia. Topics can include: race, sex and class and the fashioning of imperial cultures, methods of coercion and resistance in imperial territories, medicine and imperialism, and law and imperialism.

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History 502 H(3S-0)

Empire and Settlement in the British Atlantic World, 1550-1700

An investigation of the ways the British discovered, established sovereignty over, settled, and used portions of the Atlantic world, circa 1550-1700. Topics include comparative analysis of British and European justifications for claiming new found lands, settlement and migration patterns, and impact upon native peoples and the landscape.

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History 503 H(3S-0)

Topics in East Asian History

Topics may include Japanese and Chinese responses to western culture and expansion, ideas, politics.

Prerequisites: One of East Asian Studies 317, East Asia 300, History 209, 301, 315, 317, 405, 407.01, 407.02, 407.03, or consent of the Department.


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History 505 H(3S-0)

History of Western Monasticism from 600 to 1500

The history of monastic spirituality in Western Europe. The origins, nature, and various forms of monasticism and their evolution from the Benedictine to the Friar in the context of the commercial revolution.

Prerequisites: History 319 or 321, or consent of the Department.

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History 506 H(3S-0)

The Century of the Black Death: Economy, Society and Religion

A global examination of the fourteenth-century crises: famine, epidemics, civic unrest, warfare, and Papal politics. Selected topics will lead to the comparative study of the period from England, France, Italy and the Holy Roman Empire, with a critical assessment of the impact of the Black Death on late medieval society.

Prerequisites: History 319 or 321 or consent of the Department.

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History 507 H(3S-0)

Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe

An overview of gender theory in modern European history, with emphasis on issues of sexuality.

Prerequisites: A European History course at the 300 or 400 level or consent of the Department.

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History 508 H(3S-0)

Topics in Twentieth-Century German History

Topics may include: thematic explorations and/or comparisons of dictatorial regimes (Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic); the history of the GDR; the two Germanies during the Cold War; memory and memorialization in popular culture; the contested formation of a multicultural society; and social protest in the post-WWII period. For further information on specific topics to be offered in any year, consult the History Department.

Prerequisites: One of History 307, 333, 375, 381, 383, 411.02, 413.02, 483, 485, 490, 491, or consent of the Department.

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History 509 H(3S-0)

Religion, Politics, and Culture in Early Modern Europe

Topics may include the nature of late medieval religion, the social impact of the Reformations, religious violence and co-existence, and the nature and practice of royal absolutism.

Prerequisites: History 323 or 325 or 327, or consent of the Department.


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History 511 H(3S-0)

The Age of Enlightenment and the Era of Revolution and Napoleon

Enlightenment ideas and institutions, including the challenge to religious orthodoxy, the salons and early feminism, the new "universal" laws of the human sciences, and ideas of progress and the origins and course of the Revolution; the liberal and democratic revolutions; Terror and Virtue; failure of the Republic; the imperial saga in France and Europe.
511.01. The Age of Enlightenment
511.02. Revolution and Napoleon

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History 513 H(3S-0)

Topics in Modern Russian and Soviet History

Topics may include: the establishment and dismantling of the imperial service state; the social, cultural, and economic transformation of late imperial Russia; women and gender; the experience of empire; the origins and fate of the Bolshevik Revolution; Stalinism; the Cold War.

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History 515 H(3S-0)

History of the Holocaust

Nazi persecution and destruction of the European Jews during World War II. Topics will include: the roots of modern anti-Semitism; Nazi policy towards the Jews of Germany in the 1930s; the Nazi "New Order" in occupied Europe; the technology of murder; Jewish resistance; the attitudes/actions of occupied peoples and Allied governments; the war crimes trials.

Prerequisites: History 333 or 413.02 or consent of the Department.

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History 517 H(3S-0)

Social and Political History of Modern Britain

Topics in social, cultural and political history in early modern and modern times: e.g., the rise of the gentry and the middle class, working class identity, radical ideology and two-party politics.

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History 519 H(3S-0)

Canada from Laurier to Pearson

Political developments in Canada from 1896-1968, with emphasis on the national scene.

Prerequisites: History 337 or 351 or consent of the Department.

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History 521 H(3S-0)

Canadian Biography

A thematic approach to Canadian personalities, emphasizing the biographer's method and changing interpretations of major Canadian figures, e.g., the prime ministers, prominent women, radicals, prophets, scientists, explorers, entrepreneurs, journalists and artists.

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History 523 H(3S-0)

Topics in Alberta History

Selected topics in Alberta history with emphasis upon the use of local archival sources.


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History 526 H(3S-0)

The Canadian Military in the Second World War

Through examination of topics such as leadership and adapting to warfare, this course will examine the Canadian military's ability to cope with the harsh realities of war. Emphasis will be placed on the political parameters imposed by the Canadian government on the military, the quality of Canadian leadership, and the "fit" between British forms of military organization and the fighting quality of Canadian soldiers, sailors and aircrew.

Prerequisites: History 349 or History 431 and consent of the Department

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History 525 H(3S-0)

Topics in Canadian Intellectual History

Ideas of Canadian political, economic, and cultural theorists and social reformers in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


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History 527 H(3S-0)

History of Canadian Foreign and Defence Policy from 1919 to the Cold War Era

Selected topics in Canadian foreign policy and defence policy from the end of World War I to the 1980's.

Prerequisites: One course in Canadian History and consent of the Department.

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History 529 H(3S-0)

Topics in Native History

A history of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada: the First Nations, Inuit and Metis.


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History 531 H(3-0)

Canadian Historiography

Major schools of historical writing in Canada: imperial, continental and nationalist interpretations; regional historiography of the Maritimes, central Canada and the West; selected historians and their historical methods.

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History 533 H(3S-0)

Gender, Race, Class and Women in Canada

The history of women's diverse experience in Canada will be examined through the study of aboriginal, immigrant, working-class and farm women.

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History 535 H(3S-0)

Topics in American History

Selected topics in the history of the United States from the colonial period to the present.

Prerequisites: History 359 or 361 or consent of the Department.


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History 537 H(3S-0)

Great Awakenings: Revival Religion in U.S. History, 1720-1900

The origins and development of evangelical Christianity and its relationship to the American Revolution, industrialization, the Civil War, and social reform movements.

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History 541 H(3-0)

Topics in the History of Science

Selected aspects of the history of science, e.g., the scientific revolution, science and religion in the seventeenth century, history of scientific methods, studies of individual scientists such as Galileo, Boyle, Newton, or Darwin. For further information in the specific topics to be offered in any year, consult the History Department.

Prerequisites: At least one of the following courses: History 371, 373, 477.01 or 477.02.


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History 543 H(3S-0)

Topics in Great Power Diplomacy and Intelligence

An exploration of selected themes in the history of modern statecraft. Topics may include: theories of international relations, war origins, treaty-making, Fascist diplomacy, appeasement, wartime alliances, intelligence and policy, cold war diplomacy. A seminar in which primary sources will be used.

Prerequisites: One of History 483, 485, 489, 491.01, 491.02 or consent of the Department.

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History 545 H(3S-0)

Topics in Military History

An examination of selected problems in modern military history. Topics may include: military theory; guerrilla warfare from the 18th century to the 20th century; evolution of tactics in World War I; development of military medicine; innovation in European armies; colonial wars.

Prerequisites: One of History 349, 379, 381, 383, 431, 471, 481, 483, 485, 489, 491, or consent of the Department.


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History 551 H(3-0)

(Political Science 551)

Women in Canadian Politics

A political history of women in Canada in the 20th and 21st centuries. Topics include campaigns for suffrage, legal personhood and equality rights, women's political activism, the evolution of public policy concerning women, and the participation of women in public life.

Prerequisites: Political Science 321, or History 343, or consent of the Department.

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History 553 H(3-0)

(Archaeology 553)

Circum-Caribbean Archaeology and History

The prehistory and history of the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean from the first peopling of the islands to the early contact period.

Prerequisites: Consent of the Department.

Note: Not open to students with credit in Archaeology 531.61.

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History 565 H(3S-0)

Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1492-1888

Themes may include the slave trade, plantation and urban slavery, resistance and rebellion, women, culture and religion, abolition, free people of colour in slave societies, and the post-abolition legacy.

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History 567 H(3-0)

(Political Science 567)

United States Constitutional History

History of constitutionalism in the U.S. from colonial times to the present. The process of constitutional development through judicial interpretation of the basic law.

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History 569 H(3S-0)

Latin America and the Outside World

The Latin American nations in world affairs with special reference to their intellectual, economic, and political relations with Europe, North America, Africa, and the Pacific Rim. Themes will be drawn from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.

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History 571 H(3S-0)

Religion in History

A thematic approach to religious beliefs, rituals, and behaviour in Europe and North America from the medieval era to the present.

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History 583 H(3-0)

(Political Science 583)

The United States and the World since 1890

A historical and analytical examination of the development of modern United States foreign policy from the late nineteenth century to the present. Topics include the institutional structure of foreign policy decision-making, including the role of the President, Congress, State Department, Pentagon, and public opinion, and the relationship between domestic politics and foreign policy. Historical dimensions include the turn to imperialism, World War I, the coming of World War II, the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, Latin American relations, strategic arms limitations talks, and detente.

Prerequisites: Third or fourth year standing and one of History 361, Political Science 381 or consent of the Department.

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History 591 H(3S-0)

Directed Reading and Research

The analysis of historical problems and the use of primary sources. The content of each course will reflect the interests of the instructor.

Prerequisites: Consent of the Department.

Note: May not be used to fulfill the 500-level requirement for a Major in history without the written consent of the Department.


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History 593 H(3-0)

Selected Topics in History

Topics will vary from year to year, and will be announced in advance.


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History 597 H(3-0)

Honours Directed Reading

Directed readings for Honours students in their third or fourth year.

Prerequisites: May be repeated for credit with consent of the Department.

Note: Not open to students with credit in History 596.


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History 598 F(3-0)

Honours Special Subject

The Honours Essay for Honours students in their fourth year.

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Graduate Courses

Note: Only a limited number of these 600-level courses will be offered in any one year. Students may obtain further information from the Department.

History 601 H(3-0)

Topics in Imperial History


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History 603 H(3-0)

Topics in Religious History


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History 607 H(3-0)

Topics in Western Canadian History


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History 613 H(3-0)

(Strategic Studies 613)

Canada and the First World War

Discussion topics will focus on the major themes in Canada's Great War military experience, including the Canadian Expeditionary Force's recruitment and training, leadership, tactical doctrine, and integration within the British Expeditionary Force, as well as developments in civil-military relations, conscription politics and the country's postwar military legacy.

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History 623 H(3-0)

Topics in Canadian History

An examination of crucial issues in Canada's political, economic, social and cultural history.


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History 633 H(3-0)

Topics in Modern European History


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History 637 H(3-0)

Topics in Military History


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History 639 H(3-0)

Topics in History of Science

Topics may include the scientific revolution, science and religion, and the reception of scientific ideas.


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History 641 H(3-0)

Topics in Medieval or Early Modern European History


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History 645 H(3-0)

Topics in U.S. History


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History 647 H(3-0)

Topics in Latin American History


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History 651 H(3S-0)

Reading Seminar

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History 655 H(3-0)

Classics of Strategy

Strategic thought from Sun Tzu to Clausewitz, Mahan to Corbett. Analyzes the writings of classic strategic thinkers, and then by way of case studies examines their theories as they pertain to military and political planners from the Peloponnesian War to the present.

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History 673 H(3-0)

Topics in Legal History


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History 690 H(3-0)

Historiography and the Theories of History

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History 691 H(3-0)

Conference Course in Special Topics

Note: Open only to graduate students.


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History 791 H(3S-0)

Conference Course in Special Topics (Advanced Level)

Note: Open only to graduate students.


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History 795 H(3S-0)

Advanced Seminar in Historiographical Interpretations

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History 797 H(3S-0)

Advanced Seminar in Historical Research

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