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

  • H1-F = "First Term"; the first term of the Fall/Winter Session (September - December)
  • H1-S = "Second Term"; the second term of the Fall/Winter Session (January - April)
  • Y1-Y = full session (September - April)
  • Students should note that courses designated as "...Y1F" or "...Y1S" in the Timetable are particulary demanding.

300 Level Courses (2019-2020)

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 302H1-S Victorian Material Culture

This course examines physical things produced and promoted during the first and second industrial revolutions. It focuses on the twin processes of commercialisation and consumerism. Topics include food, drink, soap, baths, parks, libraries, department stores, advertisements, housing, appliances and clothing.

Recommended Preparation: HIS109Y1 or HIS241H1

Instructor: L. Loeb
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 2-3
Division: III

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 or NMC273Y1 or some medieval history.

Instructor: K. Lindeman
Lecture: Monday 11-1 & Wednesday 12-1
Division: III
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

HIS 306H1-S Islam and Muslims in the Balkans

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 modernity’s, break-up of Yugoslavia, and transitions to democracy. The course also provides insight into cultural and intellectual developments.

Prerequisite: 1.0 FCE 200-level HIS course(s)

Exclusion: HIS389H1 (Islam and Muslims in the Balkans)

Instructor: M. Methodieva
Lecture: Tuesday 11-1
Division: III

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.

Prerequisite: HIS303H1

Exclusion: HIS303Y1

Recommended Preparation: HIS220Y1/HIS243H1/NMC273Y1

Instructor: K. Lindeman
Lecture: Monday 11-1 & Wednesday 12-1
Division: III
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

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: C.Pennington/R. Bothwell
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 2-3
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 3-5
Division: II

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/HIS109Y1/HIS241H1/HIS242H1/EUR200Y1

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.

Instructor: L. Bertram
Lecture: Tuesday 1-3
Division: II

HIS 323H1-S Rites of Passage and Daily Life in the Middle Ages

Reflecting on the life cycle (birth, childhood, youth, old age and death) in the medieval period gives the opportunity to cross over the thresholds into the dwellings and daily lives of peasants, nobles, monks, nuns and burghers. It also provides an interesting angle from which to study the differences between female and male life experiences, and to confront important contemporary questions (such as adolescent rebelliousness) in a completely different historical setting. Questioning the historiography on the medieval life cycle will be an important part of the course.

Prerequisite: A course specifically on the Middle Ages such as HIS220Y1

Instructor: M. Mattingly
Lecture: Tuesday 1-3
Division: III
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

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: At least 1.0 FCE HIS course(s) at the 100 or 200 level

Exclusion: HIS341Y1

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

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

Instructor: A. Kasekamp
Lecture: Thursday 1-3
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: 1.0 FCE in European or Asian history, or permission of course instructor.

Instructor: N. Tran
Lecture: Tuesday 2-4
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: Monday 5-7
Division: III

HIS 337H1-S Culture, Politics and Society in Britain 1660-1789

Deals with England, Scotland, Ireland and the Atlantic World. Addresses major political, social, economic, intellectual and cultural highlights of the “long” eighteenth century. Deals with enlightenment, industrialization and the loss of the first British empire. Interrogates Britain’s emerging status as a world power.

Textbook(s): Paul Monod, Imperial Island: A History of Britain and Its Empire, 1660-1837, Wiley-Blackwell (2009) . There is also an electronic reader of weekly assignments posted on Blackboard.

Tentative Course Requirements: book review (20%), document study (20%), research essay (30%), final exam (30%).

Exclusion: HIS337Y1

Recommended Preparation: EUR200Y1/HIS109Y1/HIS243H1/HIS244H1/HIS368H1

Instructor: J. Mori
Lecture: Monday & Wednesday 4-5
Division: III
Pre-Modern: ½ credit

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

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 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: 1.0 FCE 200-level HIS course(s)

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

Instructor: M. Methodieva
Lecture: Thursday 11-1
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:  A. Mitter
Lecture:  Monday 5-7
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 10-11
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.

Instructor: L. Loeb
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 11-12
Division: III

HIS 352H1-S A History of Women in Pre-colonial East Africa

This course examines the lived experience of women in societies, communities and polities of varying sizes across territories that cover eight contemporary East African states. It encompasses the period from 1000 B.C to the end of the nineteenth century. Topics covered are clustered under four broad themes: a) Ecology, work in commodity production, wealth and exchange relations; b) “Institutional” power, ideology and structures; c) “Creative” power particularly in the areas of healing, resistance/contestation and transformation; and d) Violence, war and vulnerability.

The course challenges present day gender and identity categories applied to Africa’s deep past and highlights critical nuances of gender, identity and power dynamics in Africa.

Prerequisite: NEW150Y1 or any course in African History

Instructor: --
Lecture: --
Division: I

HIS 357Y1-Y A Social History of Renaissance Europe

A social history of the 15th and 16th centuries set against the cultural and political background. Emphasis on changes in customs and living conditions resulting from economic, legal, intellectual, and religious developments of the period.

Exclusion: HIS357H1 /HIS357Y0/HIS357Y5/HIS357H5

Recommended Preparation: A course in Renaissance or Early Modern European history

Instructor: V. McCarthy
Lecture: Monday 11-1 & Wednesday 12-1
Division: III
Pre-Modern: 1 credit

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 1-3
Division: II

HIS 359H1-S 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,HIS231H1

Instructor: M. Newton
Lecture: Wednesday 10-12
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 363H1-F Dynamics of Gender in Canadian History

A lecture course which deals thematically with gender issues in Canadian history (including familial roles, changing patterns of work and employment, and participation in the public sphere).

Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS264H1

Instructor: H. Bohaker
Lecture: Wednesday 1-3
Division: II

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. More recently, Hungary has been at the forefront of issues facing the European Union and Europe more generally with the rise of populism.

This course has its focus on the multiple transformations of Hungary: from the revolutionary “Springtime of Nations” in 1848/49 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 in an alliance with Nazi Germany; then to Soviet Union occupation, Goulash Communism, and finally to renewed independence in 1989, membership in NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004 and the constitutional revolution that started in 2010 with the election of the Fidesz Party to power.

The focus is on key watershed in Hungarian history. The revolutions of 1848-1849, 1918-1919, the Treaty of Trianon in 1920, Hungary in World War Two, the communist takeover, the 1956 Revolution against Soviet rule and the collapse of communism in 1989 and the Fidesz Revolution in 2010 and after. The story has not 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.

Prerequisite: A 100 level HIS course

Instructor: R. Austin
Lecture: Wednesday 9-11
Division: III

HIS 371H1-S Canadian Political History

This course examines the history of Canadian politics from the late colonial period to the recent past. Lectures and tutorials will focus attention on specific political issues (responsible government, Confederation, war, welfare, battles over voting rights, campaigns for social change, etc) but also consider the deeper structural, social, economic, and cultural dynamics that shaped politics over time. The course takes a broad view of politics (elections and parties but also social movements, interest groups, bureaucracy). A key theme is the nature of political power in a democratic polity.

Prerequisite: HIS264H1/HIS263Y1

Instructor: S. Penfold
Lecture: Tuesday 1-3
Division: II

HIS 373H1-F 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 1-3
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 2019. 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 2019 will focus on a number of topics, including the nature of the presidency and the political process (how does Trump’s behaviour in the White House change – or not change – historic patterns?); the health (or problems) of the economy in a period of contested “globalization”; social/cultural splintering over issues involving gender and sexuality; and the role of the U.S. in the global arena (policy making concerning Syria, Iran, China, trade, terrorism, among others).

Prerequisite: HIS271Y1

Instructor: R. Pruessen
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 10-11
Division: II

HIS 377H1-S 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 explores the Vietnam Wars of the twentieth century, not only the American war but also the French and Chinese wars that bookended what Westerners call the “Vietnam War.” Beginning with the nationalist movements of the late nineteenth century, we will examine the intellectual, political, and social contexts in which war erupted in Vietnam and focus on the perspective of the North Vietnamese communists when assessing the military and political dimensions of the French, American, and Chinese wars. This course will also connect Vietnam’s wars to the broader global context, place a heavy emphasis on understanding multiple perspectives through primary sources and original footage, and finally, reflect upon the aftermath of a century of violence for contemporary Vietnam.

Prerequisite: 1.0 FCE of prior course in History, any field.

Exclusion: HIS400H1

Instructor: C. Ewing
Lecture: Tuesday 2-4
Division: I

HIS 384H1-F The Baltic Sea Region from the Vikings to the Age of Nationalisms

This course traces political, cultural and socio-economic developments in North-Eastern Europe, the Baltic Sea region, from the Viking Age to the end of the 19th century. Topics include the crusades, the Hanseatic League and trade, the Reformation, the struggle for hegemony between the Swedish and Russian empires, the Enlightenment, national movements, and industrialization.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCE including 1.0 FCE in HIS courses

Recommended Preparation: A course in European History

Instructor: A. Kasekamp
Lecture: Wednesday 1-3
Division: III

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: E. Jennings
Lecture: Tuesday 10-12
Division: III

HIS 389H1-F, L0101 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: I/II

HIS 389H1-F, L0201 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, L0301 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-F, L0401 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 system of subtly interrelated transformations that changed the world permanently and irrevocably. Europeans overrunning the world. A massive increase in the power and size of the state. An avalanche of statistics. A fundamental shift in the nature of daily experience. The exponential growth of science.  The industrialization of almost all economic production. The first glimmerings of anthropogenic climate change. This course examines all these topics and more 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, art, literature and politics. What did 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
Division: TBA

HIS 389H1-F, L0501 Topics in History: Protest in the Early United States

This course pushes beyond elections and legislatures and introduces students to the wide array of American political behavior enacted in the early United States (approx. 1763 to 1865). Students will learn about the major political protests of this period through an array of perspectives as diverse as America itself. Potential topics include Pontiac’s Rebellion, the American Revolution, the Whiskey Rebellion, enslaved resistance, antislavery petitioning campaigns, and the New York City Draft Riots. Students will assess the impact of extra-institutional political activity on the halls of power and analyze the strategies employed by marginalized groups. This course will encourage students to read critically, write clearly, and build arguments from historical evidence.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

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

HIS 389H1-F, L0601 Topics in History: Going Global from Coffee, Rubber, Diamonds and Furs to Oil

A Tim’s coffee, rubber puck, a diamond ring, a fur hat and gasoline: these five relatively simple commodities have played critical roles in shaping history through people’s consumption, labour and cultural practices.  By focusing on the transnational and transcontinental flows of goods through trade, business and culture, this course highlights how the production, circulation, and consumption of these commodities shaped, and continue to shape, history.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: D. Anastakis
Lecture: Thursday 11-1
Division: II

HIS 389H1-S, L0101 Topics in History: Queer Canadian History

This course explores the rich, often hidden history of LGBTQ* people in Canada. Using an intersectional approach, it begins with indigenous two-spirit histories and early post-contact Canada. An analysis of 19th-century developments will illuminate the changing shape of Queer and trans identities, while 20th-century discussions will focus on major themes, including war, gay liberation movements, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the growth of drag culture.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: L. Bertram
Lecture: Monday 1-3
Division: II

HIS 389H1-S, L0301 Topics in History: Ontario’s Treaties: The First Law of the Land

This course examines the history of Ontario’s treaties – that is, treaty agreements negotiated between Indigenous nations and the Crown, as a type of first law that are themselves derived from older first law – the legal traditions of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Wendat and Omushkego peoples whose territories are the lands on which the province of Ontario sits. The idea of “first law of the land” is a legal concept which refers to constitutions or other founding documents from which subsequent law derives.   As part of the work for this course, students will examine primary source records of treaty agreements from wampum belts to council minutes and critically assess public history writing on the topic. The course will cover the period from the 1764 Treaty of Niagara to the present. No textbook required, no final exam.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: H. Bohaker
Lecture: Monday 2-4
Division: II

HIS 389H1-S, L0401 Topics in History: Piracy in the Early Americas

This course will explore the history of piracy and privateering (giving attention to the different meanings of both terms) in the early Americas. Or primary sites of analysis span from North America to the Caribbean and South America, from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. The nature of our subject also requires that we look beyond the Americas, particularly to the European nations and imperial rivals that set their sights on the region. In other words, we will tackle histories of empire, exploration, trade, empire, slavery, all while giving careful attention to changes across space and time as well as to the human beings – both notorious and unnamed – who made those changes possible.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

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

HIS 389H1-S, L0501 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, L0601 Topics in History: Maps and History: Making Sense of Place from Papyrus to the Digital Age

In-depth examination of historical issues. Content in any given year depends on instructor. See History website for more details.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: M. Price
Lecture: Tuesday 4-6

HIS 389H1-S, L0701 Topics in History: Trump, Trudeau, Trees, Trade and Other Stuff:  Contemporary Canada and the United States in Historical Context

How do we understand our complex and quickly changing twenty-first century world? This course examines contemporary issues in Canada and the United States in historical perspective and Canada-US relations by utilizing flashpoint issues, individuals, and events to explain longer trends and developments within a continental, cross-border analytical framework.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

Instructor: D. Anastakis
Lecture: Tuesday 11-1
Division: II

HIS 389H1-S, L0801 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 religious 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 are different media of the sacred? How do media negotiate the relationship between representation and presence? In what ways do different media work together to create a multisensory experience? These questions are at the center of our exploration into the medial and sensory realm of medieval religious culture. 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, with a focus on source material from German speaking regions. 

No knowledge of medieval German languages or Latin required.

Prerequisite: 9.0 FCEs including 1.0 FCE HIS course.

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

HIS 390H1-S Slavery in Latin America

This seminar focuses on the history of slavery in Latin America from its origins in the fifteenth century to its abolition in the nineteenth. Our coverage will span from Spanish Florida and South America, giving attention to rural agricultural settings as well as urban centers and private households. Our goal is to consider how region, gender, sexuality, religious practice, and legal systems shaped the lived experiences of enslaved people as well as the kinds of opportunities they were able to carve out for themselves and their loved ones. Readings will draw from primary sources and historical scholarship related to a range of topics that provide a window onto the internal diversity of the institution in Latin America. In addition, this course will give attention to the vast visual and artistic corpus that has emerged from centuries-long history of slavery in the region, including watercolors, portraits, films, television programs, and advertising campaigns.

Prerequisite: HIS106Y1/HIS231H1/HIS291H1/HIS292H1

Instructor: T. Walker
Lecture: Thursday 2-4
Division: II

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: 1.0 FCE in African or European history, or permission of course instructor

Exclusion: HIS296Y1/HIS371H5/HISC70H3

Instructor: S. Hawkins
Lecture: Monday 11-1
Division: I

HIS 393H1-F 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 or one of WDW235H1/WDW236H1

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 394H1-F 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/

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

Instructor: T. Fujitani
Lecture: Thursday 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.

Instructor:  P. Magocsi
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 10-11
Division: III