Courses

Course Timetable 

HIS101H5F
Cowan
Introduction to Historical Studies

This writing-intensive course introduces Historical Studies through a variety of exercises that will allow students to read models of good writing and to practise the integration of successful strategies into their own work. After a basic overview of the disciplines of Classics, Diaspora and Transnational Studies History, History of Religions and Women and Gender Studies, students will try different tools and approaches for developing the skills useful at every stage of the creative process from pre-writing and preliminary research through to editing and undergraduate publication. Each year will focus on a particular historical event that will appear as a recurring theme in readings and assignments.

TH 11-1

HIS101H5S
Cowan
Introduction to Historical Studies

This writing-intensive course introduces Historical Studies through a variety of exercises that will allow students to read models of good writing and to practise the integration of successful strategies into their own work. After a basic overview of the disciplines of Classics, Diaspora and Transnational Studies History, History of Religions and Women and Gender Studies, students will try different tools and approaches for developing the skills useful at every stage of the creative process from pre-writing and preliminary research through to editing and undergraduate publication. Each year will focus on a particular historical event that will appear as a recurring theme in readings and assignments.

W 11-1

HIS201H5F
Hanssen
Introduction to Middle Eastern History

An introduction to the history of Islamic culture from its beginnings to modern times.

M 11-1

HIS220Y5Y
Cowan & Murray
The Shape of Medieval Society

Introductory survey of European history from the late Roman Empire to the fifteenth century. During this period a distinctly Western European civilization, of which we are the heirs, emerged and reached maturity. This course will outline the major developments that account for the shape of medieval civilization and its influence on the thinking and institutions of subsequent centuries.

TH 12-2

HIS236H5S
Petrakos
Introduction to British History

An introduction to some of the major themes of British history and civilization from the late seventeenth century. This includes - the emergence of industrial society, evangelical humanitarianism, parliamentary democracy, foreign and imperial issues such as the "Eastern Question", Victorianism, the "Irish Question", trade unionism, and war and society.

M 3 - 5

HIS241H5F
Petrakos                                                                                                                                                         Introduction to 19th-Century European History
    
An introduction to the principal themes of western European history from the French Revolution to the 1890's.

TU 11 - 1

HIS242H5S
Petrakos
Introduction to Contemporary European History

The evolution of European politics, culture, and society from 1890: the origins and consequences of the two world wars, the Bolshevik Revolution and Stalinism, Fascism and Nazism, the post-1945 reconstruction and division of Europe. This course is essentially a continuation of HIS241H5.

W 11 - 1

HIS263Y5Y
Mitchell McKee
The History of Canada

The department's most comprehensive survey of Canadian history, this course is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of history students, those preparing to teach and others who want to benefit from a full lecture course and weekly tutorials. The first half of the course examines the French colony along the St. Lawrence River and its conquest by Great Britain. How did French culture survive? Political topics include Rebellions and Confederation. The course also explores the many peoples who arrived on our shores: stone-age hunters, French soldiers and brides, white and black Loyalists, and famine Irish; as well as later waves heading to eastern cities and western prairies. Twentieth century topics include modern social movements; the nation at war; popular culture; consumer society; and issues of Canadian identity. Lectures, debates and weekly tutorials help students master historical methods.

TU TH  9 - 10

HIS272Y5Y
Brown
The History of the United States

A comprehensive survey of American history, from the pre-contact period and colonial times to the present day. Weekly tutorials help students build analytical and writing skills as they survey four centuries of American development.

W 11 -1

HIS282H5F
TBA
Introduction to South Asian History

A critical introduction to the main themes and questions defining South Asian history from its beginnings to the present. Emphasis will be placed particularly on the period after the 1750s, which saw the emergence of British imperialism, anti-colonial struggles, and the formation of new nation states after 1947.

TH 5 - 7

HIS284H5F
Marian
Introduction to East Asian History

A survey of East Asian civilization and history from antiquity to modernity. It particularly explores the interrelations of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cultural and political development.

W 11 - 1

HIS290H5F
Coleman
Introduction to Latin American History

An introduction to the history of Latin America from pre-conquest indigenous empires to the end of the 20th century. Lectures, films, readings, and tutorials explore a set of themes in historical context: nationalism, authoritarianism, religion, racism, patriarchy, and Latin America's multiple interactions with the outside world.

M 9 -11

HIS295H5S
Marshall
Introduction to African History

A survey of African civilization and history from antiquity to modernity. The course also examines the transformation of Africa from colonial domination to postcolonial states, social movements, and ideologies.

W 6-8

HIS306H5S
Black
The Cold War

This course will review the alliance systems and conflicts that dominated international relations in the period 1945-1991. It will examine specific incidents such as the Berlin Blockade and Airlift of 1948-49, the Hungarian uprising of 1956, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, and the Prague Spring, as well as the broader strategies and tactics that followed by the two superpowers and their allies. Particular attention will be given to the documentary evidence that has been declassified in the past two decades, and the light it sheds on earlier developments.

TH 3 - 5

HIS310H5S                                                                                                                                                                                   Krishnamurti
The History of Women since 1800

A selection of topics relating to the history of women in modern European society.

TH 1 - 3  

HIS311H5S                        TBA                                                                                                                                                             Introduction to Canadian International Relations                                                                                                                                                                        Canadian international affairs in a broader context. Anglo-American, Canadian-American relations; the European background to questions such as the League of Nations, appeasement and rearmament, which directly affected Canada without this country being consulted.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            M 3 - 5

HIS314H5S
MacDowell
20th Century Canadian Working-Class History 

This course focuses on the changing place and definition of workers in modern Canadian society. It surveys the hard years of the Great Depression, workers' contributions to the Second World War, the rise and consolidation of the labour movement, and changing patterns of political action by workers. It examines the creation of a modern industrial relations system, legislative measures affecting workers on the job and during strikes and collective bargaining, the emergence of public sector employees and their negotiations, changing gender roles in the workforce, work experiences of immigrant workers, and Canadian workers' changing position in the global economy

M W 10-11

HIS319H5F
MacDowell
Canadian Environmental History: Conservation to the Modern Environmental Movement

This course focuses on the interaction of people and the environment in the 20th Century. Themes include the environmental impact of industrialization, urbanization, and the revolution in transportation, and of resource development in the mining, oil, and gas industries; the destruction and preservation of wildlife; parks and the wilderness idea; the modern environmental movement; the contested world of modern agriculture and the food industry; the collapse of the fisheries; Canadian public policy, environmental law, and Canada's international role concerning the environment.

M W 10-11

HIS326Y5S
Noel
History of Women in Canada, 1600-2000

This course samples the experience of women in various regions of Canada from pre-contact times through the First World War. Was Iroquoian society a matriarchy? Were women in New France more "liberated" than their 19th century granddaughters? Other topics include domestic servants, fur trade women, suffrage campaigns, Nellie McClung, World War II and Women's Liberation.

F 11-1

HIS330H5F
Petrakos
Politics and Political Change in Latin America

Examines major movements and cultures in Latin American politics from independence to present day. Topics include: nineteenth-century militarism; revolutionary socialism in Cuba and Nicaragua; military dictatorships in Argentina, Brazil and Chile; and recent grassroots and transnational political movements. Emphasizes the integral roles of gender, race and the United States in the region's political processes.

TH 11 - 1

HIS340H5S
Petrakos
The Reformation in Europe

The focus of this course will be the religious movements of sixteenth century that are described collectively as the Reformation: Lutheranism, Calvinism, the Radical Reformation and the Counter-Reformation.

M 11 - 1

HIS351H5F 
Borzecki
Twentieth Century Russia 

The Social, economic, and political development of Twentieth-Century Russia: the Russian Revolution, Stalinism, the Cold War.

M 5 - 7 

HIS366H5F
Berns-McGown
Diasporic Histories & Cultures

This course explores a number of significant historic diasporas - and sites of diaspora - from Constantinople to Al-Andalus to Shanghai, to the United States and the United Kingdom, and to Tel Aviv and the West Bank, through historical record, fiction, memoir and film.

R 2-4

HIS358H5F
White
Canada Since World War Two

This course explores the history of Canada as a recipient of diasporic communities, arriving from many parts of the world and bringing a great variety of cultures and experiences.

W 4 - 6

HIS372H5S
Sedgewick
The United States in the 20th Century

Major developments in the economic, social, political, and cultural life of the United States during the past century as it grew from a burgeoning industrial nation to the leading Superpower.

TH 9 - 11

HIS382H5F
Krishnamurti
Nationalism in Modern South Asia

This course foregrounds and examines the relationship between nationalism and popular movements 'from below', against the backdrop of variables such as class, community, gender and religion. In this regard, it relates the broader themes and question under review to the social history of varied groups such as peasants, the working class, tribals, lower castes and women in the era of colonialism, the national-liberation movement and the postcolonial nation-state

TH 5 - 7

HIS385H5SF
Tavakoli-Targhi
Orientalism and Occidentalism

This course reflects on Edward W. Said's seminal Study Orientalism. The first part focuses on the debates around academic representations of the Orient before and after Said's intervention: his critics, alternative perspectives and methodological elaborations. The second part dissects the ways in which Orientalism inhabits political forms of belonging such as romantic nationalism or Islamic fundamentalism, as well as colonial constructions of liberalism, race, gender and sexuality. The third part examines the ramifications of Orientalist knowledge production in the media and in visual culture. The course also raises questions of strategic reversals of Orientalism, and to what extent Occidentalism can be considered the non-Western equivalent to Western constructions of Otherness.

TU 11 - 1  

HIS392H5F
Kwee
Topics in Global History: Labour Migrations

This course studies long-distance, cross-border human migrations from the fifteenth century to the present. It focuses particularly on the more coerced and oppressed types of movements including those of theseventeenth- and eighteenth-century trans-Atlantic African slavery, nineteenth-century Indian and Chinese indentured workers as well as the less privileged class of labour migrants in the contemporary era. Besides analyzing the macro-level political and economic transformations affecting these global movements, we will also examine the human agency of the migrants, particularly their efforts to resist, subvert or adapt to broader circumstances, controls and institutions.

W 9 - 11

HIS395H5F
Petrakos
Topics in History: Tudor and Stuart England, 1485-1714

An in-depth examination of historical issues. Content in any given year depends on instructor.

TH 4 - 6

HIS395H5S
Brown
Topics in History: The United States in the 1920s

An in-depth examination of historical issues. Content in any given year depends on instructor.

T 11 - 1

HIS407H5F
Hatton
Imperial Germany 1871-1918

This course will explore Germany's history beginning with its unification and trace the events that led to the First World War and the end of the Imperial era. We will examine the Imperial period through various different focal points including unification and the legacy of Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Sonderweg debate, gender, nationalism, German Jews and the birth of modern antisemitism, German's brief colonial era, the path to war and the revolution of 1918. By reading historical texts, articles, and novels, and by addressing numerous historiographical debates, we will attempt to understand Germany's foundational period in the context of this country's troubled history.

M 5 - 7

HIS416H5F
MacDowell
Canada and the Second World War

This course is primarily a social and cultural history of the Canadian experience during the Second World War. Themes include: women in the war plants, internment camps, war brides and war orphans, war and memory, displaced persons, the Holocaust, the atom bomb, and displaced persons in 1945

W 1 - 3

HIS438H5F
Wittmann
Remembering Atrocity: The Holocaust and Historical Memory in Europe and North America

This course will examine how Europe and North America confronts the Holocaust through the law, literature, left wing agitation, film, memorials and museums, and political debates. Among the focal points: the Nuremberg and postwar West German trials of Nazis, the fascination with Anne Frank, anti-fascist terror in 1970s Germany, The Berlin Memorial and the US Holocaust Museum, and films such as The Pianist and Schindler's List.

M 1 - 3

HIS475H5F
Hatton
The French Revolution

A topical survey of the French Revolution dealing with the uprising in France and its repercussions elsewhere by examining such subjects as its causes, its effect on nations, classes and gender, and its relation to nationalism, socialism and democracy.

W 5-7

HIS479H5FS
Johnson
Cold War America

An examination of significant political, economic, social and intellectual developments, including Cold War Foreign policies, economic and social reforms, McCarthyism, the Civil Rights movement, women's liberation, the "counter-culture,"and the Indochina Wars

W 11 - 1

HIS483H5F
TBA
Colonialism in East Asia

This course examines the ideologies and practices of colonialisms, both internal and external, in modern East Asia.

TU 6 - 8

HIS493H5S
Tavakoli-Targhi
Advanced Topics in Global History

An in-depth examination of historical issues. Content in any given year depends on instructor

TU 11 - 1

HIS494H5F
Sedgewick
Advanced Topics in the History of the Americas                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 An in-depth examination of historical issues. Content in any given year depends on instructor

TH 5-7

HIS494H5S
Coleman 
Advanced Topics in the History of the Americas- Images as History: Photography, Race, and Citizenship in the United States and Latin America (LEC0101)

M 9-11                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Derry                                                                                                                                                                   Advanced Topics in the History of the Americas - "The Imaginary Indian": Representations of Native North Americans  (LEC0102)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              F 11-1                                                                                                                                                                                      HIS495H5S
Petrakos
Advanced Topics in European History: Crisis and Revolution in England, 1603-1689

An in-depth examination of historical issues. Content in any given year depends on instructor. See Department of Historical Studies web site at www.utm.utoronto.ca/historicalstudies for details.

W 3-5