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

Divisions

History courses are grouped into three geographic divisions as outlined below. Specialist and Majors are required to choose courses from each of the three divisions to fulfill geographic breadth requirements. In order to help students with planning their programs, courses have been listed according to their divisions.


Division I: Asia, Africa, Middle East

1st Year Course

(N.B. 1st year courses do not fulfil the Divisional requirement of a HIS program.)

Course Code Course Title
HIS 101Y1 Histories of Violence
HIS 102Y1 Empires, Encounters and Exchanges
HIS 107Y1 Approaches to Modern East Asian History
Course Code Course Title
CAS310H1 Comparative Colonialisms in Asia
EAS245H1 Premodern Japanese History
EAS246H1 Early Modern Japanese History
EAS247H1 History of Capitalism in Modern Japan
EAS271H1 20th Century Korean History
EAS348H1 Gift, Plunder and Exchange: Japan and World History
EAS357H1 Mao’s China and Beyond
EAS364H1 China's Cultural Revolution: History and Memory
EAS372H1/Y1 The Postwar, Cold War and Divided Koreas
EAS374H1 Modern Japan and Colonialism
EAS375H1 Postwar Japan: Crisis, Apocalypse
EAS384H1 Medieval Japan
EAS457H1 Special Topics in Modern Japanese History
EAS459Y1 Rethinking the Cold War in East Asia
EAS464H1 The Korean War
EAS465H1 Domesticity and the Family in 20th Century East Asia
EAS473H1 Modern Korean History Seminar
EAS475Y1 Issues in East Asian Historiography
EAS484Y1 The Japanese Empire
HIS 280Y1 History of China
HIS 281Y1 History of Modern Japan
HIS 282Y1 History of South Asia
HIS 283Y1 Southeast Asian Crossroads
HIS 284Y1 Viet Nam: Crossroads of Asia
HIS 315H1 Narratives of “Viet Nam”
HIS 316H1 Competing Colonialism in Northeast China The Harbin Experiment
HIS 326H1 Topics in Chinese History
HIS 328H1 Modern China
HIS 333H1 Catholic Asia in the Early Modern Era, 1500-1800
HIS 346H1 Rice and Spice in Southeast Asia: a Regional Food History
HIS 379H1 Vietnam at War
HIS 380H1 Late Imperial China
JHA 384H1 Japan in the World, mid-16th to mid-20th Century
HIS 385H1 or Y0 History of Hong Kong
JHA 394H1 The Asia Pacific War
HIS 400H1 The American War in Vietnam
HIS 448H1 Gender in East and Southeast Asia
HIS 464H1 Religion and Violence in Comparative Perspective
HIS 467H1 French Colonial Indochina : History, Culture, Texts, Film
HIS 470H1 History, Rights and Difference in South Asia
HIS 473H1 The United States and Asia Since 1945
HIS 480H1 Modernity and Its Others: History and Postcolonial Critique
HIS 485H1 Topics in Chinese History
HIS 494H1 Gandhi’s Global Conversations

 

Course Code Course Title
HIS 295Y1 African History and Historical Methodology
HIS 297Y1 History of Africa from a Gender Perspective
HIS 342H1 Political and Psychological Liberation in 20th Century Africa
HIS 383Y1 Women in African History
HIS 392Y1 Screening Freedom
HIS 394H1 20th and 21st Century African Icons: Media and Biography
HIS 413H1 Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World
HIS 446H1 Gender and Slavery in the Atlantic World
HIS 464H1 Religion and Violence in Comparative Perspective
HIS 481H1 Elite Women, Power, and Modernity in 20th Century Africa
HIS 486H1 Writing and Masculinity in Africa

 

You can find descriptions of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations history courses in the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.

Course Code Course Title
HIS 208Y1 History of the Jewish People
HIS 304H1 Topics in Middle East History
HIS 339H1 History of Modern Israel
NMC 245H1 Women in the Ancient Near East
NMC 270H1 Christians of the Middle East
NMC 273Y1 Early Islamic History: The Prophet and the Caliphates
NMC 274H1 The Steppe Frontier in Eurasian and Islamic History
NMC 275H1 The Mongol Empire and the World it Made
NMC 278H1 Introduction to the Modern Middle East
NMC 343H1 History of Ancient Egypt I: Predynastic Period to Middle Kingdom
NMC 344H1 History of Ancient Egypt II: Second Intermediate Period to Greco-Roman Period
NMC 346H1 Ancient Mesopotamia I: Sumerians and Akkadians
NMC 347H1 Ancient Mesopotamia II: Assyrians and Babylonians
NMC 348Y1 Iran and Islam
NMC 349H1 The First World Empire: Achaemenid Persia
NMC 351H1 Dead Sea Scrolls
NMC 355H1 The Ottoman Empire in the Age of Reform, 1808-1918
NMC 370H1 Ancient Israel
NMC 373H1 Iran in the 20th Century
NMC 374H1 History of Islamic Egypt
NMC 376H1 History of Islamic Spain and North Africa , 640-1492
NMC 377Y1 The Ottoman Empire to 1800
NMC 378H1 Modern Arab History
NMC 451H1 Iranian Constitutional Revolution
NMC 471H1 Advanced Topics in Near and Middle Eastern Civilization
NMC 472H1 Theory & Method in Middle East Studies
NMC 473H1 Intellectuals of the Modern Arab World
NMC 475H1 Orientalism and Occidentalism
NMC 478H1 Modern Arab Societies
NMC 479H1 Nationalism in the Arab World

 

Division II: The Americas

1st Year Course

(N.B. 1st year courses do not fulfil the Divisional requirement of a HIS program.)

Course Code Course Title
HIS 100Y1 History of the Arctic
HIS 101Y1 Histories of Violence
HIS 106Y1 Natives, Settlers and Slaves: Colonizing the Americas, 1492-1804
Course Code Course Title
CDN230H1 Asian Canadian History 
CDN280H1 Canadian Jewish History
CDN390H1 Chinese Canadian Studies
CIN201Y1 Film Cultures I: Art and Industry
ECO321H1 Canadian Economic History prior to 1850
ECO322H1 Canadian Economic History, 1850-1960
HIS 263Y1 Introduction to Canadian History
HIS 264H1 Critical Issues in Canadian History
HIS 300H1 Energy Cultures in North American History
HIS 307H1 Canadian Political Issues
HIS 310H1 Histories of North American Consumer Culture
HIS 311Y1 Introduction to Canadian International Relations
HIS 314H1 Quebec and French Canada
HIS 318H1 The "Wild" West in Canada
HIS 358H1 Canadian History in 100 Objects
HIS 360H1 African Canadian History, 1606-Present
HIS 363H1 Dynamics of Gender in Canadian History
HIS 365H1 History of the Great Lakes Region
HIS 366H1 Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes from 1815 to the Present
HIS 369H1 Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes from 1500 to 1830
HIS 375H1 Politics and Protest in Postwar North America
HIS 402H1 Canada and Decolonization
HIS 405Y1 Canadian Foreign Relations
HIS 410H1 Spectacles, Crowds, and Parades in Canada
HIS 417H1 The Oldest Profession in Canada: Sex Work in Comparative Historical Contexts
HIS 418H1 Themes in Canadian Environmental History
HIS 419H1 Canada By Treaty: Alliances, Title Transfers and Land Claims
HIS 429H1 Canada and Empire in the Twentieth Century
HIS 435H1 Themes in Toronto History
HIS 464H1 Religion and Violence in Comparative Perspective
HIS 466H1 Topics in Canadian History
HIS 472H1 Indigenous-Newcomer Relations in Canadian History
HIS 484H1 The Car in North American History
HIS 492H1 Empire & Colonization in the French Atlantic World
SMC377H1 The Scots in Cape Breton
SMC413H1 The Irish and the Scots in Canada
SMC416H1 Irish Nationalism in Canada
SMC444H1 The Great Irish Famine in an International Context
TRN419Y1 Comparative American, British and Canadian Foreign Policy

 

Course Code Course Title
CIN201Y1 Film Cultures I: Art and Industry
HIS 202H1 Gender, Race and Science
HIS 221H1 African American History to 1865
HIS 222H1 African American History from 1865 to the Present
HIS 271Y1 American History Since 1607
HIS 300H1 Energy Cultures in North American History
HIS 310H1 Histories of North American Consumer Culture
HIS 345H1 History and Film
HIS 365H1 History of the Great Lakes Region
HIS 366H1 Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes from 1815 to the Present
HIS 369H1 Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes from 1500 to 1830
HIS 372H1 Topics in U.S. History
HIS 374H1 American Consumerism – The Beginnings
HIS 375H1 Politics and Protest in PostWar North America
HIS 376H1 The United States: Now and Then
HIS 377H1 20th Century American Foreign Relations
HIS 378H1 America in the 1960s
HIS 401H1 or Y1 History of the Cold War
HIS 404H1 Topics in U.S. History
HIS 411H1 Great Trials in History
HIS 463H1 Cloth in American History to 1865
HIS 464H1 Religion and Violence in Comparative Perspective
HIS 465Y1 Gender and International Relations
HIS 473Y1 The United States and Asia Since 1945
HIS 479H1 U.S. Foreign Policy Since WW II
HIS 484H1 The Car in North American History
HIS 487H1 Animal and Human Rights in Anglo-American Culture
HIS 497H1 Animal Politics and Science
SMC444H1 The Great Irish Famine in an International Context
TRN419Y1 Comparative American, British and Canadian Foreign Policy
WGS481H1 Gender, Sexuality and Black Liberation from Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter

 

Course Code Course Title
HIS 230H1 Indigenous and Early Colonial Caribbean History
HIS 231H1 Revolution and Emancipation in the Colonial Caribbean
HIS 291H1 Latin America: The Colonial Period
HIS 292H1 Latin America: The National Period
HIS 293H1 The Making of the Atlantic World, 1480-1804
HIS 305H1 Popular Culture and Politics in the Modern Caribbean
JHN 323H1 Indigeneity in the Caribbean
HIS 359H1 Regional Politics and Radical Movements in the 20th Century Caribbean
HIS 390H1 Slavery in Latin America
HIS 391Y1 Black Freedom in the Atlantic World
HIS 397H1 Political Violence and Human Rights in Latin America
HIS 413H1 Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World
HIS 446H1 Gender and Slavery in the Atlantic World
HIS 474H1 Emancipate Yourselves from Mental Slavery? Historical Narratives of Caribbean Decolonisation
HIS 492H1 Empire & Colonization in the French Atlantic World
NEW421H1 Global Perspectives on the Haitian Revolution

Division III: Europe

1st Year Course

(N.B. 1st year courses do not fulfil the Divisional requirement of a HIS program.)

Course Code Course Title
HIS 100Y1 History of the Arctic
HIS 101Y1 Histories of Violence
HIS 103Y1 Statecraft and Strategy: Introduction to the History of International Relations
HIS 109Y1 The Development of European Civilization, 1350-1945
Course Code Course Title
HIS 302H1 Material Culture in Victoria Britain
HIS 324H1 British Imperial Experience, 1600-2000
HIS 332H1 Crime and Society in England ,1500-1800
HIS 337H1 Culture, Politics and Society in18th Century British
HIS 347H1 The Country House in England 1837-1939
HIS 349H1 The British Search for Identity: 1800 to the Present
HIS 368H1 Early Modern Britain, 1485-1660
HIS 452H1 Science and Society in Britain, 1600-1800
HIS 477H1 Topics in Social and Cultural History of Victorian Britain
SMC444H1 The Great Irish Famine in an International Context
TRN419Y1 Comparative American, British and Canadian Foreign Policy
Course Code Course Title
CIN201Y1 Film Cultures I: Art and Industry
CLA230H1 Introduction to Greek History
CLA231H1 Introduction to Roman History
CLA362H1 Early Greece
CLA363H1 Archaic and Classical Greece
CLA364H1 The Hellenistic World
CLA366H1 Topics in the Study of Greek History
CLA367H1 The Roman Republic
CLA368H1 Augustus and the Julio-Claudians
CLA369H1 The Roman Empire
CLA371H1 Topics in the Study of Roman History
FIN238H1 The Vikings
HIS 202H1 Gender, Race and Science
HIS 208Y1 History of the Jewish People
HIS 220Y1 The Shape of Medieval Society
HIS 241H1 Europe in the 19th Century
HIS 242H1 Europe in the 20th Century
HIS 243H1 Early Modern Europe , 1450-1648
HIS 244H1 Early Modern Europe , 1648-1815
HIS 245H1 European Colonialism, 1700- 1965
HIS 301H1 Imperial Spain
HIS 303H1 The Mediterranean, 600-1300; Crusade, Colonialism, Diaspora
HIS 308H1 The Mediterranean, 1300-1700
HIS 309H1 The European Reformations
HIS 317H1 Modern Germany 1914 to the Present
HIS 319H1 Renaissance France and the Wars of Religion, 1483-1610
HIS 320H1 Barbarian Invasions and the Fall of the Roman Empire
HIS 321H1 Dark Age Europe c. 600-1000
HIS 322H1 The High Middle Ages
HIS 323H1 Rites of Passage and Daily Life in the Middle Ages
HIS 327H1 Rome: The City in History
HIS 330H1 Germany from Frederick the Great to the First World War
HIS 336H1 Medieval Spain
HIS 338H1 The Holocaust: Preconditions, Consolidation of Nazi Power, War, and Occupation (to 1942)
HIS 341Y1 Germany Among the Global Empires, 1840-2010
HIS 343H1 History of Modern Espionage (formerly HIS 343Y1)
HIS 344H1 Conflict and Co-Operation in the International System Since 1945 (formerly HIS 344Y1)
HIS 345H1 History and Film
HIS 350H1 War, State & Society
HIS 354H1 Men, Gender and Power in Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution
HIS 355H1 A History of Pre-modern Medicine
HIS 357Y0 The Renaissance
HIS 357Y1 A Social History of Renaissance Europe
HIS 361H1 The Holocaust from 1942
HIS 373H1 Servants and Masters, 1000- 1700
HIS 387H1 France, 1610-1848
HIS 388H1 France Since 1848
HIS 403H1 Jews and Christians in Medieval and Renaissance Europe
HIS 407H1 Imperial Germany , 1871-1918
HIS 411H1 Great Trials in History
HIS 414H1 Down and Out in Medieval Europe
HIS 415Y1 Nationalism and Memory in Modern Europe
HIS 416H1 Orientalism and Nationalism in 19th Century Germany
HIS 423H1 The Social History of Medicine in the 19th and 20th Centuries
HIS 424H1 Violence in Medieval Society
HIS 426H1 Medieval Italy, 400-1000
HIS 427H1 History and Historiography in the Golden Legend
HIS 428H1 Medieval Institutes of Perfection
HIS 432H1 Topics in Medieval History
HIS 437H1 Telling Lies About Hitler: Frauds and Famous Feuds Among German Historians
HIS 438H1 Inquisition & Society in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
HIS 440H1 Maps and History
HIS 443H1 Society, Culture and Religion in the Renaissance and Reformation
HIS 444H1 Topics in Jewish History
HIS 445H1 Nationalism
HIS 446H1 Gender and Slavery in the Atlantic World
HIS 457H1 The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire
HIS 464H1 Religion and Violence in Comparative Perspective
HIS 467H1 French Colonial Indochina : History, Culture, Texts, Film
HIS 480H1 Modernity and Its Others: History and Postcolonial Critique
HIS 489H1 History of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Illness
HIS 493H1 Humanity in War: The Modern Evolution of the Law of Armed Conflict
SMC337H1 Early Celtic History 450-1000
SMC378H1 Ireland Since the Famine
TRN250Y1 Ordering International Relations in the Age of Empire
VIC203H1 Empires I
VIC205H1 Empires II
VIC225Y1 A History of the World in Objects
VIC240Y1 The Civilization of Renaissance Europe
VIC346H1 The Idea of the Renaissance
VIC348Y1 The Renaissance in the Cities
VIC440Y1 Florence and the Renaissance
VIC441H1 Michel de Montaigne: A Renaissance Life

 

Course Code Course Title
HIS 250Y1 History of Russia , 860-1991
HIS 251Y1 History of East Central Europe
JSH 300H1 Literature and History in Russia
JHP 304Y1 Ukraine: Politics, Economy and Society
HIS 306H1 Islam and Muslims in the Balkans
HIS 325H1 Imperial Russia
HIS 331H1 Modern Baltic History
HIS 334H1 East Central Europe and the Great Powers in the Short 20th Century, 1914-1991
HIS 335H1 Soviet Cultural History
HIS 340H1 The Ottoman Empire, 1800-1922
HIS 351Y1 History of 20th Century Russia
HIS 353Y1 Poland: A Crossroads of Europe
HIS 362H1 The Hansa: The World of Merchants
HIS 364H1 From Revolution to Revolution: Hungary Since 1848
HIS 367Y0 Making and Re-Making Central Europe: Imperial Pasts, Imperial Aspirations, Wars and Revolutions
HIS 401H1 or Y1 History of the Cold War
HIS 412Y1 Crusades, Conversion and Colonization in the Medieval Baltic
HIS 420H1 Russia’s Great Patriotic Wars
HIS 433H1 Polish Jews Since the Partition of Poland
HIS 434Y1 Kievan Rus’
HIS 436H1 Stalinist Terror
HIS 439H1 Russia’s Empire
HIS 442H1 Jews and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union
HIS 449Y1 Ukrainian National Revival
HIS 451H1 World War II in East Central Europe
JHP 451Y1 The People from Nowhere
JHP 454Y1 20th Century Ukraine
HIS 459H1 Soviet History and Film, 1921-1946
HIS 460H1 Soviet History and Film, 1941-1991
HIS 461H1 Poland in the 20th Century
HIS 490H1 Everyday Stalinism