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
JHN Joint History and New College
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 (2017-2018)

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 303H1-F The Mediterranean, 600-1300: Crusade, Colonialism, Diaspora

This course treats contact and conflict between Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the medieval Mediterranean world. Within the framework of broad economic and political developments, the course explores the ideological and material forces behind “holy wars” and other wars of territorial expansion, and the results of these wars, such as religious conversion, slavery, colonialism, and the dispersion of peoples. The course also deals with the pluralistic societies created by these wars of conquest and the relations between ethnic groups within such societies. The course gives attention as well to commerce between the Christian and Islamic worlds, and to cultural and technological exchange between peoples.

Recommended Preparation: HIS220Y1/NMC273Y1 or some medieval history.

Instructor: K. Lindeman
Lecture: T 2-4
Division: III
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

HIS 304H1-F Topics in Middle East 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 neighbours, the two intifadas, and the attempts to achieve a peace settlement and establish a Palestinian state.

Exclusion: HIS389H1 (Arab-Israeli Conflict)

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

HIS 308H1-S The Mediterranean, 1300-1700

This course continues with the themes treated in HIS303H1, though now focusing on the late medieval and early modern periods. It will, moreover, address key developments during these centuries, such as the end of religious pluralism in Spain and its flourishing in the Ottoman empire; Ottoman-European relations; and the shift form a Mediterranean-centred to an Atlantic-centered economy.

Prerequisites: HIS303H1

Exclusion: HIS303Y1

Recommended Preparation: HIS220Y1/HIS243H1/NMC273Y1

Instructor: K. Lindeman
Lecture: T 2-4
Division: III
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

HIS 309H1-F The European Reformations

The movement called The Reformation is often understood mainly as a split within European Christendom that resulted in many Protestant Churches challenging a Roman Catholic Church for spiritual, cultural, and political dominance.  Even the most recent rounds of revisionist rethinking continue to see the tensions within the Catholic church, and between the many Protestant groups, as the heart of the drama, while other concerns like politics, gender, and missions get tacked on along the sides.

But we can step back and see a broader view by asking how late medieval Europeans come to define and defend purity and community, spiritually, socially, and politically.  When we take that approach, we can see that the story of the Reformation ranges more broadly, and includes things like the 1492 expulsion of the Jews from Spain, the spread of enclosures for women and the socially-marginalized, and global missions as integral parts of a single 'reformation story'.   Even when we look at the year 1517 in particular, when the German friar Martin Luther dramatically challenged Catholic teachings (an event being marked by many this year as the “Start of Reformation”), we find a series of events across different religious groups that triggered broader historical developments in Europe and around the globe. 

Looking at the Reformation in this way allows us to extend our research cross-culturally and indeed globally.  We can draw the history of Jews and Muslims into the central dynamic of the period.  One approach that allows us to do this is to move the experience of exiles and refugees into the foreground.  This period sees the beginning of a dramatic wave of expulsions that crosses all confessional boundaries, and that sends literally millions of people moving across Europe as refugees or exiles.  The drive to expel or flee is almost always rooted in religious identities.  It reshapes the political, economic, and social maps of Europe.  It helps drive Europeans across the globe and, as its futility becomes clear by the early seventeenth century, it will also drive them towards greater religious toleration.  Almost all key religious figures spend some time in exile, and almost all groups have exile or expulsion as a key shaping experience.  Yet strangely enough, the phenomenon is treated as something peripheral.  If we move the experience of exiles and refugees into the foreground, we can see a new, compelling, and deeply-cross cultural history of the Reformation.

This course will experiment with that approach.  We will read many of the same texts and study many of the same key individuals, ideas, and events, but with a slightly different focus.  In the process, we will participate in an international conference being held at the University of Toronto on the theme of 'Global Reformations:  Transforming Early Modern Societies, Cultures, and Religions”.

Prerequisites:  HIS243H/VIC240Y or permission of the instructor.

Instructor:  N. Terpstra
Lecture:  T 2-4
Division:  III
Pre-Modern:  ½ credit

HIS 310H1-S Histories of North American Consumer Culture

This course examines the emergence of a modern 'consumer society' in North America from about 1850 to recent times. The aim is to combine political, social, economic and cultural history to chart changing relationships between North Americans, consumer commodities, and identities. Emphasis will be placed on the period from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1980s, particularly the consolidation of mass consumer society. Key topics and themes might include: the 'core values' of a consumer society; the 'Visible Hand' of key corporations (e.g. Coke, Eaton's, McDonald's, Wal-Mart); ideas of abundance, scarcity, and thrift; the influence of advertising and mass media; labour in a consumer society; and consumer politics. Throughout, social categories like region, race, gender, and class will be central, placed in tension with the universal claims of consumerism. Another animating theme is the export of American culture and its reception in Canada and (to a lesser degree) the world.

This class is meant to complement other courses in the department (e.g. HIS316H1, HIS374H1) that analyse the relationship between economy, culture, commodities and identity, but these courses are not required as Prerequisite.

Tentative Course Requirements: essays, final exam, tutorial participation.

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1/HIS271Y1

Instructor: S. Penfold
Lecture: T 1-3
Tutorials: R1 and R2
Division: II

HIS 311Y1-Y Introduction to Canadian International Relations

This course is a lecture-tutorial course designed to outline not only Canadian external relations but also imperial and foreign developments involving Canada as a colony or as an ally from 1700 to Justin Trudeau. The course begins with a description and discussion of French and English claims to sovereignty in the Americas; native Americans/Canadians as foreign policy actors; the division of North America: what was divided and what was not; British Canada and British Canadians; economy, politics and foreign relations in the 19th and 20th centuries; the interrelation of Canadian society and politics and world wars; bilingualism and foreign relations; the Cold War, the arms race, and nuclear peril; Canada in international institutions -- the League of Nations, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, CUFTA and NAFTA.

Textbook(s):  Norman Hillmer and J.L. Granatstein, Empire to Umpire, second edition; Robert Bothwell, The Penguin History of Canada.

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

Recommended Preparation:  a course in Canadian history or politics.

Instructor:  R. Bothwell
Lecture:  TR 2
Tutorials:  TBA (bi-weekly)
Division:  II

HIS 312H1-F Immigration to Canada

The course explores the peopling of Canada by newcomers from the time of the arrival of French settlers in early Canada and Acadia to recent decades, when peoples of diverse backgrounds have entered the country. Attention is paid to the making of immigration and multicultural policies, their implementation, and the relations between the host society and the newcomers. The focus, however, is on the immigrants themselves: their lives in the country of origin and reasons for leaving, the migration experience itself, early settlement and work in Canada, and life within immigrant enclaves and communities. Special attention is given to immigration as a gendered experience.

Textbook: A Nation of Immigrants:  Women, Workers, and Communities in Canadian History, Franca Iacovetta, ed.

Tentative Course Requirements:  document analysis; research essay; mid-term test; and final exam.

Recommended Preparation:  HIS263Y1/HIS264H1

Instructor:  I. Radforth
Lecture:  T 3-5
Division:  II

HIS 313H1-S Canadian Labour History

This course surveys the rise and consolidation of the Canadian Labour Movement, state measures affecting workers on the job and during strikes and collective bargaining, and changing patterns of political action among working people. By drawing on recent research, we also explore themes such as gender and ethnicity at the workplace, the impact of technological changes on the job, and working class family and community life.

Textbook(s): Laurel Sefton MacDowell, Ian Radforth, eds., Canadian Working-Class History: Selected Readings, 3rd ed.

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1/ECO244Y1/WDW244H1/WDW244Y1

Exclusion: HIS313Y1

Instructor: I. Radforth
Lecture: T 3-5
Division: II

HIS 317H1-F 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 generated by 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.

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

Exclusion: HIS317Y1

Instructor: G. Wiens
Lecture: W 1-3
Division: III

HIS 320H1-F Barbarian Invasions and the Fall of the Roman Empire

This course surveys the major themes and figures for the period 300-600, including the following topics: the decline of Greco-Roman paganism, the rise of monotheism, conversion to Christianity, Neoplatonism and late antique education, the late Roman state, individual barbarian groups (Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Huns, Burgundians, Vandals, Franks, Lombards), their culture and impact on the empire, Justinian’s reconquests.

Textbook(s): Bryan Ward-Perkins, The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization (Oxford, 2005); Michael Maas, Readings in Late Antiquity, a source book (London, 200).

Tentative Course Requirements: mid-term exam (20%); research essay (35%); final exam (in-class) (20%); and tutorial participation (25%).

Recommended Preparation: HIS220Y1

Instructor: N. Everett
Lecture: W 10-12
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:  J. Mori
Lecture:  TR 4
Division:  III

HIS 327H1-S Rome: The City in History

Rome: The City in History This course will investigate the urban development and the idea of Rome from its mythical foundations, through the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods until we reach the modern city. The richly illustrated classes will reveal the sites that encouraged the idea of Rome and the shift from the pagan imperial to the Christian papal city which later emerged as the capital of a united Italy after 1870, a Fascist showplace after 1922 and a modern metropolis within the EU. We will learn how to “read” a city over time by following its growth, decline, structure and decoration. Besides a modern text on Rome, we will read some excerpts from various primary and secondary sources, from Livy to an analysis of the Year 2000, in order to gain an insight into how the city was perceived and how the “idea” of Rome came to form part of the definition of western culture.

Prerequisite: At least one European History course

Exclusion: VIC348HI (2012-16), VIC162H1 (2016-17)

Instructor: K. Bartlett
Lecture: T 2-4
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: T 5-7
Division: I

HIS 331H1-S 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.

Recommended Preparation: HIS250H1/HIS250Y1/HIS251Y1

Exclusion:  HIS331Y1

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

HIS 333H1-F Catholic Asia in the Early Modern Era, 1500-1800

This course examines the impact of Catholicism in Asia, from its introduction to its relevance in the contemporary global order. Students will be introduced to how Catholicism and the technologies accompanying it affected historical transitions in local communities is Asia as well as how the growth of these communities affect the global Catholic Church.

Prerequisite: A course in European or Asian history.

Instructor: N. Tran
Lecture: M 1-3
Division: I
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

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(s):  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:  M 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 anti-Semitism 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 a  the

course. Assignments include analysis of a primary source, a map quiz, a mid-term test, a term project, and final examination.

Textbook(s):  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 Extermination (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: HIS388Y1/398Y1

Recommended Preparation: A course in modern European history

Instructor:  S. Szymanska-Smolkin
Lecture:  F 10-12
Tutorials:  TBA (bi-weekly)
Division:  III

HIS339H1-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

Exclusion: HIS356Y1 and HIS389H1 (History of Israel)

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

HIS 340H1-S The Ottoman Empire, 1800-1922

The course examines the history of the Ottoman Empire from the beginning of the nineteenth century until its dissolution in the course of World War I. Topics include the Ottoman reforms and their impact on the Empire’s diverse populations, the diplomatic interactions that came to be known as “the Eastern Question,” the Young Turk revolution, the Balkan wars, as well as social, cultural and intellectual developments. The course also explores the Ottoman legacy in modern Turkey, the Middle East and the Balkans.

Prerequisite: Any two 200-level HIS courses

Exclusion: HIS389H1 (The Ottoman Empire, 1800-1922)

Instructor: M. Methodieva
Lecture: R 12-2
Division: III

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:  D. Molinaro
Lecture:  M 12-2
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.

Tentative Course Requirements:  two written assignments, a term test, and a final exam.

Exclusion: HIS344Y1

Recommended Preparation:  EUR200Y1/HIS103Y1/HIS241H1/HIS242H1

Instructor:  T. Sayle
Lecture:  W 5-7
Division:  III

HIS 345H1-F History and Film

This course will explore film's status as both a source of historical evidence and as a form of history making. Students will consider the values and limitations of using moving-image materials to write about the past. They will also examine how filmmakers have used the medium to shape the meaning of historical events and to influence viewers. Through these two general approaches, we will: 1) ask how historians can best use films to study the past, 2) consider the enduring appeal of filmed histories for mass audiences, and 3) analyze what it means to "write" history in film form.

Prerequisite: 2 full courses in history or permission of instructor

Recommended Preparation: INI212Y1

Instructor: B. Jacobson
Lecture: T 6-8 & W 6-7
Division: II/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 previous course in British or European history

Recommended Preparation: HIS349H1/HIS302H1

Instructor:  L. Loeb
Lecture:  TR 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(s):  A course reader.

Exclusion:  HIS239H1

Instructor:  L. Loeb
Lecture:  TR 11
Division:  II

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.

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

Instructor: L. Viola
Lecture: M 3-5
Tutorial: M 5-6
Division: III

HIS 353Y1-Y The History of Poland from the 10th Century

The course will survey the history of Poland as “melting pot” and as a borderland between Western and Eastern Europe. The course will analyze the political and social history of Poland in its Central European context and will discuss the consequences of Christianization, the Polish-Lithuanian Union, the Partitions, two World Wars and the communist era. All materials are in English.

Tentative Course Requirements: two papers, a mid-term exam and a final exam.

Prerequisite: HIS251Y1/permission of the instructor

Instructor: P. Wróbel
Lecture: T 10-12
Division: III
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

HIS 354H1-S Men, Gender and power in Europe

This course explores the evolution of ideological models of male behaviour and their performance in premodern Europe. Within the context of major political, social, religious, and economic changes, the course will treat topics such as perceptions of the male body and sexuality, models of governance, expressions of violence such chivalry and knighthood, gendered religious practices, and the “Renaissance man.” The implications of these gendered behavioural models on the lived realities of women, non-Christians, and other “deviants” will also be discussed.

Exclusion:  HIS 399Y1/H1; HIS 354Y1

Instructor:  K. Lindeman
Lecture:  R 3-5
Division:  III
Pre-Modern:  ½ credit

HIS 359H1-F Regional Politics and Radical Movements in the 20th Century Caribbean

The role of nationalism, race and ethnicity, class conflict and ideologies in the recent development of Caribbean societies; Europe’s replacement by the United States as the dominant imperial power in the Caribbean; how this mixture of regional and international pressures has led to widely differing political systems and traditions.

Recommended Preparation: HIS294Y1/HIS230H1,231H1

Instructor: M. Newton
Lecture: W 11-2
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, an essay, a mid-term test, and a final examination.

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

Exclusion:  HIS338Y1

Recommended Preparation:  a course in modern European history.

Instructor:  S. Corazza
Lecture:  F 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: W 10-12
Division: III

HIS 366H1-S Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes, 1815 to the Present

Explores the history of Aboriginal peoples (Indigenous and Métis) living in the Great lakes Region after the Great Lakes were effectively split between British North America (later Canada) to the north and the united States to the south, when a rapidly increasing newcomer population on both sides of the border marginalized Indigenous peoples and settled on their land. Topics include a comparative examination of Indigenous experiences of colonialism, including treaties and land surrenders as well as the development of government policies aimed at removing and/or assimilating Great Lakes peoples. This course will also study resistance by First National and Tribal Councils to those programs over nearly two centuries and assess local strategies used for economic and cultural survival.

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1/HIS271Y1

Exclusion: HIS369Y1

Instructor: H. Bohaker
Lecture: M 5-7
Division: II

HIS 368H1-F Early Modern Britain, 1485-1660

Introduction to the political, social and religious history of early modern England, Scotland and Ireland. Particular attention will be paid to the history of the monarchy, Protestant Reformation, gender issues and  relations between different parts of the British Isles.

Exclusion:  HIS337Y1

Recommended Preparation:  EUR200Y1, HIS109Y1/243H1/244H1

Instructor:  A. Logue
Lecture:  T 11 & R 11-1
Division:  III
Pre-Modern:  ½ credit

HIS 372H1-S, L0101 Topics in U.S. History: The Progressive Era and Rise of Big Business

In-depth examination of selected periods or themes in U.S. history. Topic in any given year depends on instructor. See History website for more details.

Prerequisite: HIS271Y1

Instructor: C. Chin
Lecture: M 4-6
Division: II

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 2017.  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 2017 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: TR 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:  C. Chin
Lecture:  F 12-2
Division:  II

HIS 378H1-F America in the 1960s

The 1960s represent one of the most contested decades in American history; for some, the 1960s were a dream while, for others, they were a nightmare.  This course examines the political, social, and cultural contours of America during this turbulent decade. Specific topics to be covered include: the vision of the Great Society; ethnic, racial, and sexual liberation movements; counterculture and the rise of the New Left; controversies surrounding America’s involvement in Vietnam; and, conservative backlash and the rise of the New Right.

Prerequisite:  HIS271Y1

Instructor:  M. Savage
Lecture:  F 2-4
Division:  II

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:  F 12-2
Division:  I

HIS 387H1-F France, 1610-1848

This course considers the history of France, from the rise of absolutist monarchy under the seventeenth-century, Bourbon monarchs, through Enlightenment, the Revolution and Napoleonic Empire, and the Restoration, to the fall of the constitutional monarchy in 1848. Particular attention will be paid to the character of social life under the Old Regime, the emergence of the central state, the place of France in the European war and diplomacy, the French colonial experience in the Americas, the transition between divine right monarchy and republicanism, economic development, and the social and cultural change. Students will study a variety of primary sources as well as historiographical perspectives.

Prerequisite:  one HIS/FRE course

Exclusion:  HIS388Y1

Instructor: P. Cohen
Lecture:  W 12-2
Division:  III

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.

Tentative Course Requirements:  first assignment, essay and a final exam.

Prerequisite:  EUR200Y1/one course in HIS/FRE

Exclusion:  HIS388Y1

Instructor:  E. Jennings
Lecture:  T 10-12
Division:  III

HIS 389H1-F, L0101 Topics in History: Introduction to Archives

What is an archives? What makes archives different from libraries, museums and other cultural heritage institutions? This course explores the characteristics of records and archives from the perspectives of those who create them, those who use them, and those who are entrusted with their stewardship. You will learn about specific theories and methods applied by records managers and archivists to capture, organize, select, preserve and provide access to the documentary evidence and memory of our activities, in all forms and media. Visits to archival institutions and records and information departments in organizations will provide you with first-hand experience of the daily tasks of information professionals and the challenges involved in being an archivist in the 21st century.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course. Further pre-requisites vary from year to year, consult the department.

Instructor:  F. Foscarini
Lecture:  R 3-5

HIS 389H1-F, L0301 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:  W 3-5
Division:  II

HIS 389H1-F, L0401 Topics in History: Technologies of Reproduction

What is reproduction?  How have technologies shaped the ways bodies, communities, ecologies, and infrastructures are able to sustain themselves  or change over time?  With a focus on the 20th century, this course takes an feminist reproductive justice framework to explore how technologies, techniques, and science have reshaped reproduction, and how reproduction has been an ongoing focus of resistance. We will consider some of the ways reproduction has become a site of political struggle over racism, capitalism, colonialism, land, patriarchy, and futures. We will explore  reproduction in its broadest senses, and thus consider reproduction not only in terms of human childbirth, but also the futures of plants, cells, land, knowledge, machines, institutions, and wealth. Our collective goal, will be to undertake a historical investigation into “technologies of reproduction” that disrupts the remaking of infrastructures of inequality, and activates the archive of resistances, refusals, and alternatives.   During the course, students will research “reproductive technologies” of their choosing, and will connect readings to examples of reproductive technology that they find in contemporary life, art, science, and news. The course will combine discussion of readings with active pedagogies of classroom research creation and collaborative learning.  Themes we will  address are reproductive justice, land/Body relations, antiblack racism, Indigenous and Black feminism, the commodification of life, eugenics, biocapital, agriculture, population control, and tactics of refusal, resistance, and imagination.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor:  M. Murphy
Lecture:  W 10-12

HIS 389H1-S, L0101 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. Further pre-requisites vary from year to year, consult the department.

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

HIS 389H1-S, L0201 Topics in History: The Balkans in the Twentieth Century

The course provides an overview of the history of the Balkans (Southeast Europe) from the beginning of the 20th century until the present day. Topics include transitions from empires to nation-states, nationalism, minorities and majorities, World War II, the Cold War, socialist modernities, break-up of Yugoslavia, and transitions to democracy. The course also provides insight into cultural and intellectual developments.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course. Further pre-requisites vary from year to year, consult the department.

Instructor:  M. Methodieva
Lecture:  T 2-4
Division:  III

HIS 391Y1-Y Black Freedom in the Atlantic World

Black writers and historical actors were at the vanguard of re-conceiving, implementing, and realizing much of the Enlightenment project of freedom. Africans and people of African descent significantly affected its meaning in the Atlantic world. The course sets out to explore this history as well as the contemporary practice of freedom.

Prerequisite: A course in African or European history

Exclusion: HIS296Y1

Instructor: S. Hawkins
Lecture: T 2-4
Division: I

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: R 2-4

HIS 394H1-F 20th and 21st Century African Icons: Media and Biography

This course aims at focusing and contextualizing twentieth and twenty first century African Icons along with developing critical skills for visual and aural media. This combination cultivates in students of Africa critical capacity towards media literacy as well as equipping them with analytical reading and writing skills.

Prerequisites: HIS295Y1/HIS297Y1/HIS383H1/HIS383Y1/HIS386H1/ HIS481H1/NEW160Y1/NEW261Y1/NEW351Y1/POL301Y1/POL361H1 or by permission from the Instructor.

Instructor: N. Musisi
Lecture: W 11-1
Division: I

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

JHA 394H1-S The Asia Pacific War

This course examines the Second World War in the Asia Pacific region and highlights; (1) how imperialism and colonialism of both the Euro-American and Japanese varieties were central to the War’s outbreak, conduct, and “resolution”; (2) various “local” rather than simply national experiences and memories of the War, including those of marginalized groups in Japan and its colonies, “comfort women,” victims of war atrocities, Asian North Americans, African Americans, and Pacific Islanders.

Prerequisite: HIS107Y1/HIS242H1/HIS250H1/HIS251H1/HIS263Y1/HIS271Y1/HIS280Y1/HIS281Y1/HIS282Y1/HIS283Y1/HIS284Y1/HIS292Y1/HIS311Y1/HIS317H1/HIS328H1/HIS338H1/HIS343H1/HIS343Y1/HIS344H1/HIS344Y1/HIS351Y1/HIS361Y1/HIS377H1/HIS385H1/HIS385Y1

Recommended Preparation: One or more courses on Japan, China, Korea, or Southeast Asia in any department.

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

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.

Exclusion: JHP204Y1

Instructor:  P. Magocsi
Lecture: TR 10
Division: III