The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall


Course Designators

Below are descriptions of courses with the following designators (the 3 letter code in front of the course number):

Course Prefix Department
HIS Department of History
JHA Joint History and Asia-Pacific Studies
(administered by the Asia-Pacific Studies Program1 Devonshire Place (At Trinity College)
JHN Joint History and New College
(adminstered by the African Studies ProgramRoom WE 133 (300 Huron Street)
JHP Joint History and Political Science
(administered by the Political Science Department, Room 3018, Sidney Smith Hall)
NMC Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
(administered by the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Avenue)

NOTE: All courses shown on this page are accepted towards a History program. However, as shown above, they are not all administered by the Department of History.

Course Nomenclature

  • Y1-Y is a full course, both terms
  • Y1-F is a full course, first term (fall session)
  • Y1-S is a full course, second term (winter session)
  • H1-F is a half course, first term (fall session)
  • H1-S is a half course, second term (winter session)

300 Level Courses (2018-2019)

300-level HIS courses are more specialized and intensive. They deal with more closely defined periods or themes. They vary in format, with some being based around lectures, and others involving tutorial or discussion groups. Most 300-level courses have Prerequisites, which are strictly enforced. First year students are not permitted to enrol in 300 or 400-level HIS courses. Although some upper level courses do not have specific Prerequisites, courses at the 300- and 400-level are demanding and require a good comprehension of history.

HIS 304H1-S Topics in Middle East History: The History of Modern Palestine

The Arab-Israeli conflict over the land of Palestine is modern and secular in origin. Focusing on the analytics nationalism and colonialism and based on key primary documents, this course provides an overview of the political struggles over Palestine between Zionist Jews and Palestinian Arabs since World War I. Topics include Zionism, Arab and Palestinian nationalisms, British colonialism, UN negotiations and resolutions, Thirdworldism, superpower rivalry and everyday cooperation and occupation on the ground. We will cover the landmark events of this entangled history, such as the Balfour Declaration, the 1948 war, the Suez Crisis of 1956, the June and October wars in 1967 and 1973, the Camp David Accords of 1978, the Palestinian Uprisings of 1987-91 and 2000. We will end with the Palestinian bid for UN recognition in 2011 and its aftermath. The course will conclude with a debate over the one-or two-state scenario for Israel/Palestine.

Textbook(s): Smith, Charles, Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A History with Documents (New York: Bedford, St. Martins, 2010).

Instructor: J. Hanssen
Lecture: Monday & Wednesday 9-11
Division: I

HIS 311Y1-Y Introduction to Canadian International Relations

Canadian international affairs in a broader context, from 1750 to the present. The course traces the international context for colonial Canada, the delineation of colonial borders, and considerations of sovereignty. It looks at the violent division of the British Empire in the 1770s, the Canadian colonies’ place in the Empire, and what that meant for relations with the United States. The course will also look at the relationship between economic development and autonomy, involvement in imperial affairs and through the empire, with the rest of the world. In covering the 20th century, the course looks at the origin of Canadian traditions and practices in international affairs, and the problems a small power has with larger and sometimes inconsistent neighbour.

Textbook: Robert Bothwell, The Penguin History of Canada, Stephen Azzi, Reconcilable Differences.

Tentative Course Requirements: term work (20%), two essays (20% each), and final exam (40%).

Exclusion: HIS311H5/HISC46H3

Recommended Preparation: a course in Canadian history or politics.

Instructor: R. Bothwell
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 2
Tutorials: TBA (bi-weekly)
Division: II/III

HIS 314H1-S Quebec and French Canada

This course will explore the history of French Canada and Quebec since Confederation. Throughout the semester, we will explore various topics that are designed to introduce students to the history and historiography of French Canada/Quebec, as well as to some of the major debates that are now taking place about the nature of Quebec identity. Throughout the term, we will discuss, among other topics, the role that the ‘nation’ and ‘nationalism’ played in Quebec’s past, and we will debate the most appropriate ways to define the boundaries of Quebec and French-Canadian history. What is, for example, the difference between the history of ‘French Canada’ and the history of ‘Quebec’? How does this history relate to Canadian History more generally? Finally, we will also examine and debate the ways in which gender, class, ethnicity, and ‘race’ shaped Quebec’s past and present, and the importance of the Quebec context to shaping this history.

Exclusion: HIS314Y1

Instructor: S. Mills
Lecture: Tuesday 2-4
Division: II

HIS 316H1-S Competing Colonialism in Northeast China:  The Harbin Experiment

This course explores the political, social, and cultural history of Harbin, one of the major cities of Manchuria/Northeast China, the product of competing Russian, Japanese, and international colonialism during the first half of the twentieth century, and an early case of multi-ethnic emigration and multiculturalism.

Prerequisite: HIS250Y1 or HIS280Y1 or HIS281Y1

Instructor: T. Lahusen
Lecture: Tuesday 5-7
Division: I

HIS 317H1-S 20th Century Germany

This course surveys political, social and cultural developments in Germany from the beginning of the First World War to implementation of the Euro. Germany’s history as a unified nation has been short and unusually violent; its history provides a good test case of the political and social tensions of industrial modernity. First unified in 1871, Germany experienced no less than six state forms in the twentieth century ranging from the monarchical-authoritarian structure of the Second Empire, the liberal democracy of the

Weimar Republic, the ‘racial state’ of the National Socialist dictatorship, the twin developments after 1949 of liberal democracy in the Federal Republic and ‘real existing socialism’ in the German Democratic Republic to the reunified state of Germany after 1990. This course explores the development of industrial society and political culture in Germany with special attention to political movements, class tensions, ethnic nationalism and anti-Semitism, and the development of conflict-management strategies, social policy, racial policy, and modernist culture. The First and Second World Wars, the rise of Nazism, the transformation of Germany in the postwar period and the place of Germany in the world today are central themes.

Attendance at lectures, a midterm and final exam, and completion of a research paper are the core components of this course. The course will include a film club (voluntary, for extra credit).

Prerequisite: HIS103Y1/109Y1/241H1,242H1/EUR200Y1

Exclusion: HIS317Y1

Instructor: J. Jenkins
Lecture: Wednesday 1-3
Division: III

HIS 318H1-F The “Wild” West in Canada

What happens when histories of Canada begin in the West? This course examines the critical challenges that the myths and legacies of the "wild" West pose to Canadian history, from pre-contact to 1967. Themes include First Nations history and colonialism, immigration, racism, economic development, gold rushes, and illegal economies, including bootlegging and prostitution.

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1

Instructor: L. Bertram
Lecture: Tuesday 1-4
Division: II

HIS 321H1-F Dark Age Europe c. 600-1000

This course surveys major historical developments and themes for the period c.600-1000 in Medieval Europe. Topics covered include: The Fall of the Roman Empire in the West and the formation of Germanic successor kingdoms; the Ostrogothic and Lombard invasions of Italy; the end of the Sassanid Persia and the rise of Islam; Visigothic Spain; from Merovingian to Carolingian Francia; Charlemagne and the Carolingian Renaissance; Anglo-Saxon England; Vikings and Alfred the Great; Ottonian and feudal Europe; terrors of the year 1000.

Exclusion: HIS320Y1

Recommended Preparation: some ancient history, ancient Greek or Latin language, early Christianity, Celtic history, Old Irish and Old English languages.

Instructor: N. Everett
Lecture: Wednesday 10-12
Division: III

HIS 322H1-F The High Middle Ages

In Europe, the period between 1100 and 1450 was a time of exuberant creativity, breathtaking invention, and radical intellectual and political change. In this course we will explore some of the major developments of the High Middle Ages, taking as our starting point a series of events. These key turning points range from decisive battles to shocking murders, from outbreaks of disease to the invention of new technologies, and from the publication of poems to celebrated predictions of the world's end. Together, through lectures and discussions, we will explore how each of these events helped to transform social assumptions and practices across Europe. At the same time, we will investigate how these moments in time bring into focus for us broader currents in the history of intellectual, cultural, and spiritual change.

Prerequisite: HIS220Y1

Instructors: S. Carpenter
Lecture: Tuesday 2-4
Division: III
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

HIS 324H1-F British Imperial Experience, 1600-2000

The British empire, at its zenith, covered one-quarter of the earth’s land surface. Whatever the rights and wrongs of its history were, the legacies of this global experience continue to influence politics in today’s world. Equal coverage is given to early modern and modern history. Some background in British history or international relations is strongly recommended. This course begins at home with English expansionism in the British Isles before moving on to deal with case studies selected from North America, the Caribbean, Africa, South Asia and East Asia. Coherence comes from thematic foci consisting of economics, law, migration, gender and governance.

Prerequisite: HIS103Y1/109Y1/241H1/244H1/245H1/368H1/337H1/349H1

Recommended Preparation: HIS102Y1/103Y1/109Y1/202H1

Instructor: C. Dale
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 11-12
Division: III

HIS 325H1-S Imperial Russia

This course focuses on Russia’s history during a period of remarkable change and turbulence, when the country more firmly established its far-flung empire while attempting to define itself as a nation. From the wars and reforms of Peter the Great through the end of the empire during the First World War, the course touches on questions of social and cultural change, and the political events that allowed or constrained them.

Prerequisite: HIS250H1/HIS250Y1/permission of the instructor

Exclusion: HIS325Y1

Instructor: A. Smith
Lecture: Tuesday 1-3
Division: III

HIS 328H1-F Modern China Since 1800

This course traces the history of modern China in its profound and often violent political, social, economic, and cultural transformations from the late 19th through the early 21st centuries. We'll consider how these transformations broke with as well as continued previous developments, and how they've reflected and influenced connections between China and the rest of the world. You're expected to arrive in this class with some previous knowledge of Chinese history. Our particular emphasis will be going beyond dates and names to place different types of historical sources in critical context.

Prerequisite: HIS280Y1/EAS102Y1

Exclusion: JMC201Y1, HIS328Y1

Recommended Preparation: HIS380H1

Instructor: Y. Wang
Lecture: Tuesday 3-5
Division: I

HIS 330H1-F Germany from Frederick the Great to the First World War

This survey course on Germany in the “long nineteenth century” begins by illuminating the relatively unchanging rhythms of everyday life in pre-modern Europe. It ends in a very different age -- when motorcars and trams rumbled through the streets of huge cities, when German battleships prowled the North Sea and Zeppelins hovered above Lake Constance, when Nobel Prize-winning scientists were the envy of the world, when Expressionism was exploding artistic conventions, and when new ideas about race and eugenics were emerging. Did Otto von Bismarck’s invocation of “blood and iron” in 1862 epitomize Germany’s transition to modern times? Or should we look to other developments to understand how the Germany of Goethe and Schiller became the Germany of Hitler and the Holocaust? Several themes are highlighted: social conflict, confessional division, regional diversity, the women’s movement, and political battles that contributed to both polarization and stalemate. Audio-visual materials are featured in every lecture. And students will have access to a vast array of images and primary documents (in translation) on the public website of the German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C. Discussion of these sources will be integrated into lectures.

Prerequisite: EUR200Y1/HIS241H1

Exclusion: HIS341Y1

Instructor: J. Retallack
Lecture: Wednesday 11-1
Division: III

HIS 331H1-F Modern Baltic History

This course examines political, social, cultural and economic developments in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from the late 19th century to the present. We study the emergence of independent Baltic states in context of the Russian Revolution and World War One; nation-building and dictatorship during the interwar era; collaboration, genocide and resistance during World War Two; life under Soviet rule; the Singing Revolution and the restoration of independence; transition to democracy and Europeanization. The course will conclude with discussion of contemporary challenges, such as integration of ethnic minorities, memory politics and regional security.

Exclusion: HIS331Y1

Recommended Preparation: HIS250H1/HIS250Y1/HIS251Y1

Instructor: A. Kasekamp
Lecture: Wednesday 12-2
Division: III

HIS 335H1-F Soviet Cultural History

This course will explore Russian culture – art, architecture, film, and literature – from 1917 to the collapse of the USSR. Readings and screenings will trace the main developments of Soviet cultural history, from the Russian Avant-Garde and proletarian culture to socialist realism, and from Khrushchev’s “thaw” to Soviet village and urban prose of the 1960s and an example of Soviet postmodernism. A key theme in the course is the intersection of culture, history, and revolution. How is the Russian revolution represented and rewritten over time? How is history itself a revolutionary project and for how long? How do the utopian impulse of the 1920’s, the complexities of high modernism, and the official culture of “socialism in one country” relate to one another? What does it mean when Stalin changes the title of a film originally called “Cinderella” to “The Shining Pat”? Is dissidence limited to writing the Gulag Archipelago? How did novels, films, and art respond to issues of class, ethnicity, nationality, and gender?

Textbook: Richard Stites, Revolutionary Dreams; James Scott, Seeing Like a State; Shelia Fitzpatrick, Cultural Revolution in Russia; Elena Zubkova, Russia After the War, & novels and stories by Mikhail Bulgakov, Fyodor Gladkov, Alexandra Kollontai, Andrei Platonov, Yuri Trifonov, and Evgeny Zamyatin.

Prerequisite: HIS250H1/HIS250Y1

Instructor: T. Lahusen
Lecture: Monday 5-7
Division: III

HIS 338H1-F The Holocaust: Preconditions, Consolidation of Nazi Power, War, and Occupation (to 1942)

This is the first of two linked courses on the Holocaust, the program of mass killing carried out under the leadership of Nazi Germans during World War II. Destruction of Jews occupied the centre of Nazi ideology and practice. Accordingly, this course will examine varieties of antisemitism in Europe; German policies against Jews from 1933 to 1939; the expansion of terror with war and conquests in 1939, 1940, and 1941; and Jewish responses to persecution and extreme violence. Particular attention will be paid to how the Nazi assault on Jews connected with attacks against other people within Germany and, after 1939, in German-occupied Europe: people deemed disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Afro-Germans, Sinti and Roma, homosexuals, Poles, and Soviet prisoners of war. The approach will be chronological, up to the end of 1941/beginning of 1942.

In addition to the lectures, students will attend bi-weekly tutorial groups to discuss the assigned readings. Films will be presented in conjunction with the course. Assignments include analysis of a primary source, a map quiz, a mid-term test, a term project, and final examination.

Textbook: Victor Klemperer, I Will Bear Witness; 1933-1941: A Diary of the Nazi Years (VK); J. Noakes and G. Pridham, Nazism, A Documentary Reader, 1919-1945, vol. 3, Foreign Policy, War and Racial Exterination (N&P); Heinz Heger, The Men with the Pink Triangle; Jan Gross, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland; Sara Ginaite-Rubinson, Resistance and Survival: The Jewish Community in Kaunas, Lithuania, 1941-1944

Tentative Course Requirements: participation (20%); midterm test and an analysis of source (20%); term paper (30%); final exam (30%)

Prerequisite: completion of six undergraduate full-course equivalents

Exclusion: HIS338Y1/398Y1/HIS338H5

Recommended Preparation: a course in modern European history

Instructor: D. Bergen
Lecture: Friday 10-12
Tutorials: TBA (bi-weekly)
Division: III

HIS 339H1-S History of Modern Israel

This course explores the history of the Jewish state from the rise of Zionism to the present. It begins by examining the social and ideological roots of Zionism in late 19th-century Europe, proceeds with the development of the Jewish community in Palestine under Ottoman and British rule, and then turns to the period following the establishment of Israel in 1948. Among the issues to be discussed are the Zionist-Arab conflict, immigration, the encounter between Ashkenazi and Mizrahi Jews, the construction of a new Hebrew identity, the interaction between religion and state, the impact of the Holocaust, and the relationship between Israel and the Jewish diaspora.

Prerequisite: HIS208Y1

Instructor: O. Yehudai
Lecture: Tuesday 11-1
Division: I

HIS 342H1-F Political and Psychological Liberation in 20th Century Africa

This course examines the growth of movements for the political liberation of Africa and the psychological liberation of Africans from Western imperialism and cultural hegemony. Postcolonial thinking and art was fundamental to the project of decolonization. It uses primary text and films to explore African cultural and intellectual history.

Instructor: S. Hawkins
Lecture: Wednesday 10-12
Division: I

HIS 343H1-S History of Modern Espionage

The course will explore the history of espionage, from its modern foundations in the years immediately preceding the First World War to the post 9/11 era. We will also take stock of emerging trends in the conduct of intelligence.

The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with the historical evolution of espionage and to assess the nature of the contribution of intelligence services to the functioning of the international system in peace and war. Our focus will be on an examination of the intelligence systems of three major powers that shaped the historical development of espionage: Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia. The first half of the course explores the history of intelligence and its impact down to the end of the Second World War. The second half of the course is devoted to aspects of Cold War intelligence, the popular culture of espionage, and more recent intelligence developments and controversies.

Exclusion: HIS343Y1

Recommended Preparation: HIS103Y1 or an equivalent introduction to modern international relations

Instructor:  M. Vallières
Lecture:  Monday 2-4
Division:  III

HIS 344H1-F Conflict and Co-operation in the International System Since 1945

This course examines the conduct and consequence of international politics in an atomic/nuclear age when the stakes of the “Great Game” were not just the fates of states and nations, but also the survival of humanity itself. The diplomatic, strategic and economic aspects of international relations will all receive appropriate elucidation.

Exclusion: HIS344Y1

Recommended Preparation:  EUR200Y1/HIS103Y1/HIS241H1/HIS242H1

Instructor: V. Dimitriadis
Lecture:  Wednesday 5-7
Division:  III

HIS 347H1-F The Country House in England 1837-1939

This course examines class, distinction and community through the lens of the English country house from 1837 to 1939.  Topics include owners, servants, houses, collections, gardens and rituals such a fox hunting.

Prerequisite:  A course in British or European history

Recommended Preparation: HIS349H1/HIS302H1

Instructor: L. Loeb
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 10
Division: III

HIS 349H1-S The British Search for Identity

This is an introductory course in the history of Britain from 1800 to the present day. The course will pay special attention to the changing role of monarchy. We will consider how the monarchy has defined its role in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, how it has weathered scandals and republican movements, and how its relationship with the media has evolved. Other themes will include race, ethnicity, gender and the welfare state. The intent is to put contemporary issues relating to the decline of Britain into historical perspective.

Textbook: A course reader.

Tentative Course Requirements: 2 written assignments, tutorial participation and a final exam

Instructor: L. Loeb
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 11
Division: III

HIS 351Y1-Y History of Twentieth Century Russia

This is a survey of the history of Twentieth-Century Russia, exploring political, social, cultural and economic developments, with an emphasis on the Russian Revolution and Stalinism. The course is intended to challenge standard assumptions and interpretations of modern Russian historical development as students examine the major historical controversies in the field, the evolution of western historical thinking about the Soviet Union and the complex interrelationship between history and politics.

Textbook: Readings include E.H. Carr, What is History?; R. Suny, The Soviet Experiment and others.

Instructor: V. Majstorovic
Lecture: Monday 3-5
Division: III

HIS 358H1-S Canadian History in 100 Objects

Students in this class will explore the ways in which historical artefacts challenge our understanding of the history of Canada. From iconic objects, like Terry Fox's running shoes or West Coast totem poles, to artefacts from every day life, including underwear, radios, and beer bottles, students will analyze how objects and museum collections enhance and change the way we think about the past. Regular visits to local museum collections, including the ROM and the Bata Shoe Museum, as well as readings, discussions and workshops, will equip students with the skills required for their own original research project on a historical object of their choosing.

Prerequisite: HIS264H1 or HIS263Y1

Exclusion: HIS389H1 (Material Culture in Canada)

Instructor: L. Bertram
Lecture: Tuesday 1-4
Division: II

HIS 361H1-S The Holocaust from 1942

This is the second of two linked courses on the Holocaust, the program of mass killing carried out under the leadership of Nazi Germans during World War II. In this course, we will continue with a chronological approach, starting with 1942, a year that marked both the peak of German military power and a massive escalation in the murder of Jews. Particular attention will be paid to the connections between the war and the Holocaust throughout the years 1942, 1943, 1944, and 1945. Issues to be addressed include resistance by Jews and non-Jews; local collaboration; the roles of European governments, the Allies, the churches, and other international organizations; and varieties of Jewish responses. The last part of the course will focus on postwar repercussions of the Holocaust in justice, memory and memorialization, and popular culture.

In addition to the lectures, students will attend bi-weekly tutorial groups to discuss the assigned readings. Films will be presented in conjunction with the course.

Tentative Course Requirements: analysis of a primary source, term project, a mid-term test, and a final examination.

Prerequisite: completion of 6 undergraduate full-course equivalents and HIS338H1.

Exclusion: HIS338Y1/HIS361H5

Recommended Preparation: a course in modern European history.

Instructor: D. Bergen
Lecture: Friday 10-12
Tutorials: TBA (bi-weekly)
Division: III

HIS 364H1-S From Revolution to Revolution: Hungary from 1848 to 1989

Once a powerful kingdom in Central Europe, Hungary and the Hungarians have a rich history of interchanging periods of conquest, dominance, expansion and contraction.

This 12-week course has its focus on the multiple transformations of Hungary: From the revolutionary “Springtime of Nations” in 1848 when Hungary’s quest for independence was halted through political sovereignty and partnership with Austria in the Dual Monarchy between 1867 and 1918, to a truncated but independent existence in the interwar period; from there to subjection first to Nazi Germany and then to the Soviet Union, and finally to renewed independence in 1989 and membership in the European Union in 2004.

The focus is on the revolutions of 1848-1849, 1918-1919, the 1956 Revolution against Soviet rule and the collapse of communism in 1989. The story has been invariably heroic, violent and tragic. In the long peaceful periods, long at least for East Central European conditions, Hungary changed from a patriarchal and rural country to an urbanized and industrialized nation.

The course will offer a chronological survey of the history of Hungary from 1848 until the present. It is ideal for students with little or no knowledge of Hungarian history but who possess an understanding of the main trends of European history in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Prerequisite: A 100 level HIS course

Instructor: R. Austin
Lecture: Wednesday 10-12
Division: III

HIS 373H1-S Servants and Masters, 1000-1700

This course will explore the history of all types of servants, from the ladies-in-waiting to the domestic slaves, in Western Europe between 1000 and 1700. The goal will be to observe especially their working and living conditions, as well as the changing perception of service through time.

Prerequisite: a course on the Middle Ages or on the early Modern Period

Instructor: I. Cochelin
Lecture: Thursday 2-4
Division: III
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

HIS 376H1-F The United States: Now—And Then

This course will explore some of the historical roots of issues that are of particular importance to understanding the United States in 2018. The intent is to demonstrate the ongoing value of historical sensitivity to analysis of contemporary problems – and the risks inherent in a failure to develop such sensitivity. The section of the course beginning in September 2018 will focus particularly on a number of topics, including the nature of the presidency and the political process (how does Trump’s election change – or not change – historic patterns?), the health (or problems) of the economy in a period of contested “globalization,” and the role of the U.S. in the global arena (the influence of traditional attitudes and behaviour on policy making concerning Syria, Iran, Mexico, China, trade, terrorism, etc.).

Prerequisite: HIS271Y1

Instructor: R. Pruessen
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 10
Division: II

HIS 377H1-F 20th Century American Foreign Relations

This course surveys the history of American foreign relations from World War I to the present. Themes of the course include the rise of the United States as a major power; the role of culture and ideology in international relations; and the implications of foreign policy for American national identity.

Prerequisite: HIS271Y1/POL208Y1

Exclusion: HIS377Y1

Instructor: M. Vallières​
Lecture: Thursday 5-7
Division: II

HIS 379H1-F Vietnam at War

This course examines the French and American Wars in Vietnam, beginning with the Japanese surrender in 1945 through the capture of Saigon in 1975. We will consider the military, diplomatic, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of the conflict in its local contexts and with a global perspective in relation to the ongoing Cold War and geopolitical landscape.

Prerequisite: HIS283Y1 or another Asian history course.

Exclusion: HIS400H1

Instructor: C. Ewing
Lecture: Tuesday 3-5
Division: I

HIS 385H1-F History of Hong Kong

This course examines the growth of Hong Kong from a trading port set up by the British Empire for their China trade in the mid-19th century, to the city’s rise as a major centre of the world economy and of the Chinese diaspora since the mid-20th century. It focuses on both Hong Kong’s internal developments and broader contexts.

Exclusion:  Students cannot take both the Y and H version of HIS385

Recommended Preparation:  HIS280Y1/JMC201Y1

Instructor: C. Lim
Lecture:  Friday 12-2
Division:  I

HIS 388H1-S France Since 1848

This course explores modern and contemporary France, from the Revolution of 1848 to the 1990’s. We will examine in detail fin-de-siècle culture and society, as well as major political dramas and traumas, including the Paris Commune, the Dreyfus Affair, the Vichy regime, and the wars of decolonization. Beyond the realm of politics, the course delves into a number of social, intellectual and cultural themes including pluralism and feminism in France, the place of intellectuals in French society, and forms of French cultural expression. Finally, the course opens a window onto the broader French-speaking world, by analysing colonialism and neo-colonialism, as well as the emergence of la Francophonie.

Prerequisite: EUR200Y1/one course in HIS/FRE

Exclusion: HIS388Y1

Instructor: D. Harris
Lecture: Tuesday 10-12
Division: III

HIS 389H1-F, L0101 Topics in History: Women & Africa

This course examines histories of women in twentieth-century Africa, drawing primarily on the lenses of social, cultural, and political history. It explores how women have shaped historical processes on the African continent and how they have been represented/represent themselves. Focusing on the themes of motherhood, deviancy, and sexuality, this course invites students to reflect critically upon the links between power, socially constructed identities, and the production of knowledge. Students will explore these themes through a variety of case studies from across the continent, as well as a range of sources, including academic texts, films, primary sources, and materials drawn from popular culture. Overall, this course will develop students’ methodological skill set while also helping them to think critically about how histories of women on the African continent have been created and contested.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: K. Bruce-Lockhart
Lecture: Monday 2-4
Division: I

HIS 389H1-F, L0201 Topics in History: Climate Change and Colonialism

This course takes a long view of climate change by examining human-led ecological disruption through the lens of colonialism. The human costs of imperial expansion, from the emergence of joint stock companies in the 16th and 17th century to contemporary multinational corporations, are inextricably linked to environmental degradation. Students will explore key historical conjunctures from the 15th-19th centuries that illuminate linkages between colonialism, capitalism, and ecological transformation/destruction, which illuminate patterns that inaugurated large-scale ecological destruction. Topics include African slavery and the rise of the plantation complex in the Caribbean, colonial resource extraction and the industrial revolution, and the failure of political independence to secure environmental protections in post-colonial societies. Ultimately, the neoliberal order and disregard for national sovereignty has only accelerated socio-ecological disasters rooted in the colonial and post-colonial pasts. The first half of the course includes an examination of the rise of the transatlantic slave trade, slavery in the Atlantic world, the industrial revolution, and ‘legitimate commerce’ in West Africa. The second half of the course will focus on how entrenched globalization and state divestment from corporate responsibility has helped to accelerate and intensify environmental change.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: S. Sweeney
Lecture: Tuesday 10-12
Division: II

HIS 389H1-F, L0301 Topics in History: Arab-Israeli Conflict

This course follows the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict from its inception in the late 19th century to the early 21st century. It examines the circumstances surrounding the emergence of Zionism and Palestinian Arab nationalism, the encounter between Jews and Arabs in Palestine during the late Ottoman and British mandate periods, the attainment of Israeli independence and the exodus of Palestinian Arabs, the succeeding wars between Israel and its Arab neighbors, the two intifadas, and the attempts to achieve a peace settlement and establish a Palestinian state.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: O. Yehudai
Lecture: Tuesday 11-1
Division: I

HIS 389H1-F, L0401 Topics in History: Environmental Histories and Futures of the Great Lakes

How does environmental violence operate within settler colonialism, racial capitalism, and white supremacy on the Great Lakes?  What other futures are possible? This course explores how land/body relations have been disrupted and rearranged, but also learns from traditions of radical thought, politics, and community that have resisted, and potentially forestalled, environmental violence. In seeking to understand how histories of extraction, pollution, and chemical exposure enact settler colonialism and racial capitalism, we will look to the archive as a place where we can both understand these violent processes, but also as a site of dense histories of resistance, refusal, and community persistence. With a particular focus on Indigenous and Black histories and futures, our collective goal will be to draw on the archive to imagine alternative futures for the Great Lakes. During the course students will research a past future-making project of their choosing or speculatively assemble interventions that destabilize entrenched modes of environmental violence. The course will combine discussion of readings with active pedagogies of classroom research creation and collaborative learning.  We will connect our readings and research to struggles for life and land today. Themes we will address are settler colonialism, environmental racism, chemical pollution, extra-national environmental research, de- and anti-colonial methodologies, Black and Indigenous futurism, the otherwise in the archive, grounded speculation, tactics of resistance and alterity.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: M. Murphy
Lecture: Wednesday 12-2
Division: II

HIS 389H1-F, L0501 Topics in History: Mass Incarceration in the United States
(Joint Undergraduate courses HIS389H1/USA310H1)

The United States is home to five percent of the world’s population but twenty-five percent of the world’s prisoners, including a disproportionate number of African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. This vast carceral archipelago generates significant profits for private corporations while exacerbating government deficits and wreaking havoc in those communities targeted by systematic policing and imprisonment. It has also provoked public and scholarly debates about the history, ethics, and function of incarceration in the United States. In this course, we will consider the rise of contemporary mass incarceration from an interdisciplinary perspective that draws upon history, sociology, and legal scholarship.

Sample Texts: Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010); James Forman, Locking up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America (2017); Torrie Hester, Deportation: The Origins of U.S. Policy (2017); Laleh Khalili, Time in the Shadows: Confinement and Counterinsurgencies (2012); Khalil Muhammad, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern America (2010).

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course. HIS271Y1 or HIS222H1

Instructor: M. Mishler
Lecture: Wednesday 1-3
Division: II

HIS 389H1-F, L0601 Topics in History: The History of the Senses in Colonial America

The History of the Senses in Colonial America focuses on the interdisciplinary study of the five senses. Scholarship on the five senses offers a strong entrance point to combine diverse academic discourses to pursue interdisciplinary inquiry into questions of social construction, race, gender, science, and bodily experience in the Colonial Americas. This course specifically outlines methodologies that expose the importance of seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling to historical experience. These early American sensory experiences often included religious, economic, and social concerns of diverse population groups, including Native Americans, European colonists, and African slaves.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: A. Kettler
Lecture: Tuesday 3-5
Division: II

HIS 389H1-F, L0701 Topics in History: Memory and Politics of Remembrance in Modern Germany and European History

This course will start with an overview of modern settings of memory politics – starting with the French revolution until the 20th century and then zoom in  for a more detailed analysis of changing agendas of memory politics of the First and Second World War, Post-Nazi politics of restitution; post GDR memory policy and opening of the Stasi files to global concepts of transitional justice.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: D. Ellerbrock
Lecture: Tuesday 1-3
Division: III

HIS 389H1-F, L0801 Topics in History: Revolutionary Century: Global Revolutions of the Nineteenth Century

From the end of the 18th Century, important parts of the world have been repeatedly shaken and shaped by Revolutions. The aim of this course is to explore cultural and political transformations by focusing on social conflicts during some of their most spectacular outbursts. More in detail, by observing the 19th Century in a global perspective, the course will examine the transformation of political practices, the emergence of revolutionary discourses as well as of opposite criticisms of the idea of Revolution elaborated by liberal, socialist, and conservative thinkers.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: A. Lanza
Lecture: Thursday 3-5
Division: III

HIS 389H1-S, L0201 Topics in History: Fascism

A comparative and transnational examination of fascist movements and regimes in Europe during 1919-1945. Beginning with Mussolini in Italy and Hitler in Germany, this course analyzes manifestations of the phenomenon in various European countries, including France, Britain, Spain, the Baltic states, Central Europe and Scandinavia. We analyze the factors that led to fascist movements obtaining power in certain countries and to their failure in others. Collaboration with Nazi Germany during the Second World War is also explored. Finally we discuss whether the concept of ‘generic’ fascism can also be applied to other regions and periods.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Recommended Preparation: HIS242H1

Instructor: A. Kasekamp
Lecture: Tuesday 2-4
Division: III

HIS 389H1-S, L0301 Topics in History: Latin America and the Artistic Imagination

This course explores how painters, filmmakers, novelists, and other artists have portrayed the history of Latin America, as well as how those portrayals – of pre-contact societies, colonization, slavery, revolution, and immigration – compare to scholarly approaches to those same subjects. Readings and discussions will focus on a wide array of materials, including primary sources, historical scholarship, novels, and films, covering nearly five hundred years of Latin American history, from the pre-Colombian period to the modern era. Among other questions, our approach will consider the following: what are the possibilities of using art to disseminate historical knowledge? Are there any dangers to privileging artistic over scholarly approaches to history, or vice versa?

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course. HIS291H1/HIS292H1.

Instructor: T. Walker
Lecture: Tuesday 4-6
Division: II

HIS 389H1-S, L0401 Topics in History: Italy since 1815

Italy seems to have a singular privilege among contemporary Western democracies: according to many observers in recent years it has constituted a sort of cultural, social, and political laboratory where contemporary trends found their incubation period, from the Berlusconism, considered as one of the closest antecedents of Trumpism, up to the current anti-politics, and so on. But if so, where this ‘privilege’ historically comes from? This course is a comprehensive survey of modern history of Italy, since 1815 to nowadays. Following the chronological timeline, the courses will consider some key moments in recent Italian history, the main social transformations, and some of the traits of Italian political imaginary (also by referring to Italian cinema, literature, and mass media): the Unification process, the Fascism regime, the ‘Cold war’ democracy, and the contemporary transformations of political institutions and political participation. A particular attention will be paid to the role of Italy in global transformations, and in particular to the attempts to build a colonial empire, to the internal and external effects of massive emigrations, and to Italian globalized legal and illegal economy.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: A. Lanza
Lecture: Thursday 3-5
Division: III

HIS 389H1-S, L0501 Topics in History: Media in the Middle Ages

This course focuses on the interdisciplinary study of visual, acoustic, written, and material media to explore the multisensory culture of the High and Late Middle Ages. In case studies we inquire into the historical conditions and diverse workings of medieval media: What is a medium and how can we study its use in a historical perspective? What is an image? To what effect is sound used in religious and civic rituals? What are the media of sanctity? How do media negotiate the relationship between representation and presence? In what ways do different media work together to create a multisensory experience? We take a look at a range of medieval media, such as votive images, inscriptions, devotional texts, bells, pilgrim’s badges, and different spaces and places.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: N. Vohringer
Lecture: Thursday 3-5
Division: III

HIS 389H1-S, L0601 Topics in History: Becoming 'Modern'?: Science, Technology, and Culture in the very long Nineteenth Century

Something big happened, in the Nineteenth Century. Or maybe more than one big thing.  Perhaps a whole set of interrelated transformations that profoundly changed the world: European colonialism, an increase in the power and size of the state, factories and railroads changing space and time, a parade of scientific "progress." The 19th century saw dramatic shifts in the nature of daily experience for many people around the world. It also brought about the first glimmerings of anthropogenic climate change. This course examines these topics through a focus on cultural history -- the ways that Europeans, Americans, and colonized peoples came to understand and grapple with the massive changes they saw around them. We especially focus on the category of "modernity", which took on tremendous significance in industry, science and technology. What did different people think it meant to be "modern" from the late Eighteenth Century to the early Twentieth? And how should we answer that question today?

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: M. Price
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 4-5

HIS 393H1-S Digital History

Take your first steps into the exciting new world of the digital humanities! How will the shift from print to digital change what it means to be a historian? How will historical arguments and methods change? What skills will you need to be a next-generation historian? In today’s shifting media landscape, these issues are of paramount importance. Digital History is your chance to begin to explore them, while also getting practical experience in topics like:

• How to turn big data into historical arguments
• How to work with oral sources
• How the form of a historical argument affects its content
• How to use maps, GIS and other geographical tools in historical work

This course also provides preparation for the Department’s digital capstone project course, Hacking History, and is strongly recommended for all students with an interest in digital media.

Prerequisite: 200-level History course

Exclusion: HIS389H1 (Digital History)

Instructor: M. Price
Lecture: Thursday 2-4

HIS 395H1-F/S/Y Independent Studies

This course provides an opportunity for exceptional third-year students to undertake an independent research project on a topic for which there is not a suitable course offering. Students must find an appropriate supervisor from the Department, submit a proposal, and receive approval for the project. Students must be enrolled in either a History Specialist or Major program; have taken at least 3.0 FCE in HIS with a B+ average; and have approval of an instructor willing to supervise the project. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Third-year standing; 77% average in 3.0 HIS FCEs.

Instructor: Staff

HIS 397H1-F Political Violence and Human Rights in Latin America

This course will explore human rights theory and practice from a Latin American perspective.  There will be a focus on the local derivation, development and impact of the movement for human rights in Latin America.  The course will focus on the history of organized protest against violence in the twentieth century.

Prerequisite: HIS292H1

Instructor:  L. van Isschot
Lecture:  Tuesday 10-12
Division:  II

JHA 384H1-F Japan in the World, 1600-Mid 20th Century

This course examines Japan within the context of world history from roughly 1600 to the mid-20th century. Examples of topics include: the mid-16th to early 17th century European expansion into East Asia; the Dutch and Chinese influence on early modern Japan; the Meiji “Restoration” as a global event; Japanese nationalism in a world of nations; Japan as both semi-colony and colonizer; the “woman question”; and the US Occupation of Japan.

Prerequisite: HIS102Y1/HIS103Y1/HIS107Y1/HIS241H1/HIS242H1/HIS244H1/HIS250H1/HIS250Y1/HIS271Y1/HIS280Y1/HIS281Y1/HIS282Y1/HIS283Y1/HIS291H1/HIS291Y1/HIS292H1/HIS292Y1/HIS297Y1 or permission of the instructor

Instructor: T. Fujitani
Lecture: Tuesday 4-6
Division: I

JHN 323H1-F Indigeneity in the Caribbean

This course explores the varied legacies of the pre-Columbian era across the Caribbean, as well as the post-1492 experiences of people of pre-Columbian Caribbean ancestry. The course also examines the origins – and consequences – of the frequently asserted notion that the Caribbean was the first place in the Americas in which pre-Columbian Americans became ‘extinct’. Students are invited to think through the relationship between concepts such as indigeneity, globalisation and diaspora. How does approaching the Caribbean as indigenous space change understandings of the Caribbean? What does it mean to engage in a Caribbean-centered indigenous analysis in a Canadian institutional context?

Prerequisite: INS201Y1/HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW120Y1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW224Y1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1

Instructor: M. Newton
Lecture: Wednesday 10-12
Division: II

JHP 304Y1-Y Ukraine: Politics, Economy, Society

This course traces the history of Ukraine from earliest times to the present. Introductory sessions will treat the concept of national or territorial history as a cultural phenomenon followed by a chronological survey of the region’s development. Among the topics to be considered are: Kievan Rus’; the Mongo impact; Lithuanian-Polish-Crimean Tatar rule; Orthodox revival; the Cossack state; national revival under Austrian and Russian rule; post-World War I statehood; inter-war Poland and Soviet Ukraine; World War II to the present.
Within each of these periods, political, socio economic, and cultural factors will be considered to the degree that they had a determining impact upon the historical process. Much attention will also be given to developments among peoples living on Ukrainian territory, especially Jews, Poles, Germans, Russians, and Crimean Tatars.

Instructor:  P. Magocsi
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 10
Division: III