History Courses

Note: Many of these courses are not taught every year. Please check the Arts and Science timetable or the HIS Department website for the list of courses offered in 2009-10.

Key to Course Descriptions.

For Distribution Requirement purposes, all HIS courses are classified as HUMANITIES courses (except HIS103Y1, which has NO distribution requirement status).

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First Year Seminar [24S]

First Year Seminar [48S]

Undergraduate seminar that focuses on specific ideas, questions, phenomena or controversies, taught by a regular Faculty member deeply engaged in the discipline. Open only to newly admitted first year students. It may serve as a distribution requirement course; Details here..

100-Series Courses


ALL 100-series HIS courses are mutually exclusive. First-Year students may take 200-series courses.

Statecraft and Strategy: An Introduction to the History of International Relations [48L, 24T]

An analysis of the development of the international system, from 1648 to 1945, which highlights the role of war as an instrument of national policy, as a determinant of the system of states and as a threat to international society.

Exclusion: HIS104Y1, HIS106Y1, HIS107Y1, HIS109Y1
HIS103Y1 does not count as a distribution requirement course in any category

Ten Days that Shook the World [48L, 24T]

The events since 1600, the consequences of which continue to resonate through primary documents, historical additional reconstructions, students are exposed to the processes by which the past is given meaning. Students are encouraged to be aware of the impact of events and be sensitive to the inter-connectedness of the past.

Exclusion: HIS103Y1, HIS106Y1, HIS107Y1, HIS109Y1

Natives, Settlers and Slaves: Colonizing the Americas,        1492-1804 [48L, 24T]

North and South America and the Caribbean from Columbus to the American Revolution: aboriginal cultures, European exploration, conquest and settlement, the enslavement of Africans, the ecological impact of colonization.

Exclusion: HIS103Y1, HIS104Y1, HIS107Y1, HIS109Y1

Approaches to East Asian History [48L, 24T]

This course draws on the history of China, Korea and Japan betwEEN 1600 to 1950 to explore historical issues of gender, nationalism, war and relations with the West.

Exclusion: EAS204Y1, HIS103Y1, HIS104Y1, HIS106Y1, HIS109Y1

The Development of European Civilization, 1350-1945 [48L, 24T]

The shape of traditional society; the forces at work on the social, political, economic, cultural and intellectual structures of Western Europe since the high Middle Ages: the structure of Traditional Society; the First Period of Challenges, 1350-1650; the Second Period of Challenges, 1650-1815; Confidence, Stability and Progress, 1815-1914; the Collapse of the Old Order and the Condition of Modern Europe, 1914-1945.

Exclusion: HIS103Y1, HIS104Y1, HIS106Y1, HIS107Y1

200-Series Courses

Gender, Race and Science [24L, 10T]

This course examines scientific ideas about human difference from the 18th-century to the present. It explores how scientists and their critics portrayed the nature of race, sex difference, and masculinity/femininity in light of debates over nation, citizenship, colonialism, emancipation, knowledge and equality. The course will also introduce students to the uses of gender and race as analytic categories within the practice of history. While the course draws much of its subject matter from the history of the United States, it also explores selective issues in European and colonial contexts.

History of the Jewish People [48L, 20T]

An introduction to the history of the Jews throughout the world over the past two thousand years.
Recommended preparation: HIS103Y1/108Y1/HIS109Y1

The Shape of Medieval Society [48L, 20T]

Economic, political, religious, and educational ideas and institutions of the Middle Ages, from the late Roman period to the fifteenth century.

Europe in the Nineteenth Century, 1815-1914 [24L, 12T]

An introduction to modern European history from Napoleon to the outbreak of World War I. Important political, economic, social, and intellectual changes in France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy, and other countries are discussed: revolution of 1848, Italian and German unification, racism and imperialism, the evolution of science, art, and culture, labour protest, and the coming of war.
Recommended preparation: HIS103Y1/HIS109Y1

Europe in the 20th Century [24L, 12T]

The evolution of European politics, culture, and society from 1914: the two world wars, Fascism and Nazism, the post-1945 reconstruction and the movement towards European integration.

Early Modern Europe, 1450-1648 [24L, 10T]

The political, social, economic, and intellectual history of continental Europe. The Renaissance, the Reformation, Counter-reformation, growth of the territorial monarchies, the religious wars.

Early Modern Europe, 1648-1815 [24L, 10T]

The political, social, economic, and intellectual history of continental Europe. Development of royal absolutism, social change and the crisis of the ancient regime, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic era.

Women in European History [48L, 20T]

An introductory survey tracing women’s participation in the political, economic, intellectual, and social history of Europe from the High Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century.

History of Russia, 860-1991 [48L, 20T]

This course is an introductory survey that examines the political, social, and cultural developments that shaped the Russian empire from the settlement of Kiev in the 9th century to the resurrection of Russia as the Soviet Union fell apart.

History of East Central Europe [48L, 20T]

The Polish, Czech, and Hungarian background; the Balkans in the late medieval and early modern periods. Renaissance, Reformation and Counter-reformation, decline and national awakening to the beginning of the 19th century. Partitioned Poland, nationalism in the 19th century; World War I, Peace Settlement, interwar years and the Communist period.

Introduction to Canadian History [48L, 15T]

An introductory survey to the major events and trends that have shaped the political, social and economic history of Canada, including the challenges of indigenous-newcomer and French-English relations over more than four centuries of interactions.

Exclusion: HIS262Y1

American History Since 1607 [48L, 20T]

A survey of the economic, social, cultural, and political history of the United States from the colonial era to present times.

History of China [48L, 20T]

A broad overview of the history of China from earliest times to the present. The emphasis is on how the meaning of China and the Chinese people has changed through history.

History of Modern Japan [48L, 20T]

Political, military, social, economic, and intellectual history of Japan from beginning of Tokugawa period (1603) to the present. Emphasis on the long term modernization and democratization of Japan, and passage through imperialism and militarism to peace.

Exclusion: EAS223H1/223Y1/HIS281H1

History of South Asia [48L, 20T]

An introductory survey addressing major themes in the history of South Asia, examining South Asian political economy, social history, colonial power relations and the production of culture. Emphasis is on the period afTER 1750, particularly the study of colonialism, nationalism, and postcolonial citizenship and modernity.

Southeast Asian Crossroads [52L, 20T]

This course surveys the historical experiences of the states that constitute present-day Southeast Asia and examines how long term socio-economic trends affected the daily lives of Southeast Asians. Lectures introduce the major themes while weekly readings explore the major themes of the course: “state” structure; cultural commonalities; ethnic, class and gender relations; religious practice and trade.

Viet Nam: Crossroads of Asia [48L, 20T]

Examines the history of Viet Nam from its mythical origins to the contemporary period, exploring the country’s long experience with Chinese and South Asian cultural influence. Themes include Sinicization and Indianization; constructions of gender; state formation; the introduction and impact of the world religions; colonization and nationalism; and the impact of globalization.

Latin America: The Colonial Period [48L, 20T]

The evolution of Spanish and Portuguese America from pre-Columbian civilizations to the wars of independence.

Latin America: The National Period [48L, 20T]

A survey of Latin American history from the wars of independence to the present day.

Caribbean History & Culture: Indigenous Era to 1886 [48L, 22T]

An exploration of changes in the structure of Caribbean society beginning in 1492, including European contact, the conquest of native peoples, the emergence of large plantations, the impact of slavery, patterns of resistance and revolt and the changes brought about by emancipation.

Black Freedom [48L, 20P]

This course explores the profound contribution of people of African descent – from Olaudah Equaino to Angela Davis – to the history of the idea and practice of freedom in the West. Black writers and historical actors have been at the vanguard of re-conceiving, implementing, and realizing the Enlightenment project of freedom.

Exclusion: NEW296Y1

History of Africa from a Gender Perspective [48L, 20T]

This survey of African history is analytical rather than narrative in its approach. It rethinks the way that “African” history has hitherto been conceptualized and taught by placing the question of gender at the center of the story of Africa.

Research Opportunity Program

Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. Details here.

300-Series Courses


First-year students are not permitted to enrol in 300-series HIS courses.

Imperial Spain [48L]

This course treats the political, social, and religious history of Spain and its empire ca.1450-1714, including the history of colonial Latin America.
Recommended preparation: HIS243H1

Material Culture in Victorian Britain (formerly HIS302Y1) [24L]

An examination of the products of the first and second industrial revolutions in Victorian England. This course focuses on the cultural history of commercialization and consumerism.

Exclusion: HIS302H1
Recommended preparation: HIS239H1/HIS339Y1

The Mediterranean, 600-1300: Crusade, Colonialism, Diaspora [36L]

The course treats contact and conflict between Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the premodern Mediterranean world. Within the framework of broad political and economic developments, the course explores a range of topics, including holy war, slavery, religious polemics, colonialism, the commerce in goods and ideas, and ethnic relations.
Recommended preparation: HIS220 or NMC273 or some medieval history

Topics in Middle East History [24L]

An in-depth examination of Middle East historical issues. Content in any given year depends on instructor. See History Website for more details.

Ukraine: Politics, Economy and Society (formerly JHP204Y1) [48L]

The history of Ukraine from earliest times to the present. Economic, political, and cultural movements; Kievan Rus’, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Cossack state, national revival, twentieth century statehood, and unification. As this course is designed as an introductory course, the professor welcomes first- and second-year students to enroll, as well as upper-level students. (Given by the Departments of History and Political Science)

Exclusion: JHP204Y

Popular Culture and Politics in the Modern Caribbean [24L]

This course examines the connections between popular culture and politics in the modern Caribbean. Aspects of popular culture such as sport, religion, and social constructions of gender will be discussed. The impact of post-war migration, race and racial nationalism and the upheavals of the 1960s on popular culture in the Caribbean will also be themes.
Prerequisite: HIS294Y1

Culture, Society and Gender in England, 1560-1730        (formerly HIS306Y1) [24L]

Some of the main themes in English political, social, religious and intellectual history in the 17th century: the origins, character, and consequences of the English Civil War, the nature and effects of social change, and the changing role of religious forces in society.

Exclusion: HIS306Y1
Recommended preparation: HIS238H1

The Mediterranean, 1300-1700 [36L]

This course continues with the themes treated in HIS303H1, specifically in the context of relations between the Ottoman
empire and European states and the growing impact of the Atlantic world on the Mediterranean.

Exclusion: HIS303Y1
Prerequisite: HIS303H1
Recommended Preparation: HIS220Y1/HIS243H1/NMC273Y1

The European Reformations [36L]

What happens when a culture changes its religious organization and beliefs? Social and intellectual upheavals beginning in fifteenth century Europe created the split between catholic and protestant Christians and reshaped the spiritual and political landscape of sixteenth century Europe. Issues covered include religion and politics, toleration, gender, popular piety, class.
Prerequisite: HIS243H1 / VIC240Y1 or permission of the instructor

Introduction to Canadian International Relations [48L, 12T]

Canadian international affairs in a broader context. Anglo-American as well as 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.
Recommended preparation: A course in Canadian history or politics

Immigration to Canada [24L]

The peopling of Canada by immigrant groups from the 1660s to the 1970s. Immigration and multiculturalism policies; migration and settlement; ethnic communities; relations with the host society.
Recommended preparation: HIS262Y1/HIS263Y1

Canadian Labour and the Left (formerly HIS313Y1) [24L]

Canadian labour history from political action to collective bargaining in the period from Confederation to the present.
Prerequisite: ECO244Y1/HIS262Y1/HIS263Y1/WDW244H1/Y1

Exclusion: HIS313Y1

Quebec and French Canada (formerly HIS314Y1)        [24L]

A general survey tracing the political, social, and cultural development of a distinct society in Quebec and the rise of self-conscious French-speaking communities elsewhere in Canada.

Exclusion: HIS314Y1

Narratives of “Viet Nam” [24L]

This course introduces students to the multiple ways in which the diverse populations inhabiting the geographic space of “Viet Nam” construct their histories. Perspectives from Chinese, Charn, ethnic minority and Vietnamese majority populations will be explored.

History of Advertising [36L]

The rise of advertising as an economic, moral, and cultural force in the 19th and 20th centuries. Attention to advertising as a form of communication, the role of the mass media, stereotyping and the culture of consumption. Majority of course material deals with the experiences of the United States and Canada, focusing on the period afTER 1945.
Recommended preparation: HIS262Y1/HIS263Y1/HIS271Y1

Modern Germany 1914 to the Present (formerly HIS317Y1) [24L]

A survey of modern German history in the twentieth century. Topics include World War I and the postwar settlement, the Weimar Republic, the National Socialist dictatorship, the Holocaust, the division of Germany, the Cold War, German reunification, Germany and the European Union, nationalism, political culture, war and revolution, religious and ethnic minorities and questions of history and memory.
Prerequisite: HIS241H1, HIS242H1

Exclusion: HIS317Y1

Renaissance France and the Wars of Religion, 1483-1610 [24L]

Considers the expansion of the French state at the close of the 100 Years War, cultural and social change during the Renaissance, religious change and the Protestant Reformation, the emergence of religious conflict and the Wars of Religion. A range of primary sources and historiographical perspectives will be considered.
Prerequisite: HIS243H1/HIS309H1/HIS388H1/HIS443H1 or permission of instructor

Barbarian Invasions and the Fall of the Roman Empire [24L, 6T]

Covers major events and themes for the period 300-600, including decline of Greco-Roman paganism, conversion to Christianity, individual barbarian groups (Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Huns, Burgundians, Vandals, Franks, Lombards), their culture and impact on empire, Justinian’s reconquests.
Recommended Preparation: HIS220Y1

Dark Age Europe, 7th – 10th Centuries [24L, 6T]

Surveys major events and figures for the period c. 600-1000, including: Pope Gregory the Great, the Morovingian Franks, Lombard Italy, Byzantine civilization, the rise of Islam, Charlemagne, the Carolingian Renaissance, the Vikings, Anglo-Saxon England to King Alfred, the Ottonians.

Exclusion: HIS320Y1
Recommended Preparation: Some ancient history, ancient Greek or Latin language, early Christianity, Celtic history, Old Irish and Old English languages.

The High Middle Ages [48L, 12T]

Chronological survey of the history of medieval Europe from 1100 to approximatELY 1450. The three main topics are: the formation of the modern states, the impact of urban development, and the evolution of spirituality.
Prerequisite: HIS220Y1

Rites of Passage and Daily Life in the Middle Ages (formerly HIS323Y1) [24L, 6T]

Reflecting on the life cycle and rites of passage in the medieval period gives the opportunity to study the daily lives of peasants, nobles, monks, nuns, and burghers, and to observe from an interesting angle the differences between female and male life experiences.
Prerequisite: A course in medieval history such as HIS220Y1

Exclusion: HIS323Y1

Science, Technology, and the Development of Modern Culture [48L]

Explores the impact of scientific ideas and new technologies on the development of modern culture and on notions of progress since 1800. Topics include Romantic science, degeneration, new media, knowledge and power, and are explored through scientific and literary texts and diverse secondary sources.
Recommended preparation: Background in European history or history of science strongly recommended

18th Century Imperial Russia (formerly HIS325Y1) [24L]

This course focuses on the history of eighteenth century Russia, tracing the development of its political institutions, social and economic structures and cultural values. Examining the reign of Peter I, the age of Empresses, and Catherine the Great, we see not only internal changes within the Russian Empire itself, but also its emergence as a European power.

Exclusion: HIS325Y1
Prerequisite: HIS250Y1/permission of instructor

Topics in Chinese History [24L]

Selected topics on a specific period in Chinese history. Topics in any given year depend on the instructor.

America and the World to 1900 [24L]

This course examines major ideas, events, and developments in American foreign policy befORE 1900. Included are relations with Great Britain, independence, hemispheric issues, commercial and landed expansion, and the rise of imperialism.
Recommended preparation: HIS271Y1

Modern China since 1800 (formerly HIS328Y1)        [24L]

An examination of political, social and economic developments in Chinese history from 1800 to the present day. Main topics are the decline of the Imperial order and the challenge of Western imperialism; the Republican period; the rise of the Communist movement; the People’s Republic of China.

Exclusion: JMC201Y1, HIS328Y1, ASI430H1
Prerequisite: HIS280Y1/EAS102Y1
Recommended preparation: HIS380Y1

Globalization and History [24L]

This course will explore ways in which “globalization” is a profoundly significant and deeply rooted historical process. Although emphasis will be placed on the 19th and 20th centuries, some of the economic, political, cultural, and technological forces shaping the past millennium will also be considered.
Recommended Preparation: HIS103Y1

Germany from Frederick the Great to the First World War (formerly HIS317Y1) [24L]

Topics include German reactions to the French Revolution, Napoleonic occupation, the Wars of Liberation, industrial expansion, the Revolutions of 1848, unification in 1871, Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm II, everyday life, gender relations, local and regional identities, workers’ culture, avant-garde culture, nationalism, anti-Semitism, colonialism, and the Great War of 1914-18.
Prerequisite: EUR200Y1/HIS241H1

Exclusion: HIS317Y1

Modern Baltic History (formerly HIS331Y1) [24L]

The history of the Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from 1900 to the present day, with emphasis on the emergence of independent Baltic states, World War II, communist era, the Baltic Revolution, the restoration of independence and European integration.
Recommended preparation: HIS250Y1/HIS251Y1

Exclusion: HIS331Y1

Crime and Society in England, 1500-1800 (formerly HIS332Y1) [24L]

The changing nature of crime and criminal justice in early-modern England; the emergence of modern forms of policing, trial and punishment.

Exclusion: HIS332Y1
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 8 full credits, including one full HIS credit
Recommended preparation: HIS238H1

19th and 20th Century Central Europe and the Great Powers [48L]

The diplomatic, economic and military activities of Russia, Germany, Austria, France, Great Britain and the U.S. vis a vis Central Europe. Russian and German expansion, partitions of Poland, disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, the Napoleonic and World Wars, political systems created in Vienna, Versailles and Yalta, the Cold War and the disintegration of the Soviet outer empire.
Prerequisite: EUR200Y1/HIS251Y1/permission of the instructor

Soviet Cultural History [24L]

This course explores Russian culture - art, architecture, film and literature - from 1917 to the post-Soviet present. Readings and screenings trace the relation between culture, history, and revolution from the Russian Avant-Garde and proletarian culture to socialist realism, and from Krushchev’s thaw to examples of Soviet “postmodernism”.
Prerequisite: HIS250Y1

Medieval Spain [36L]

This course emphasizes the interaction of Christians, Muslims, and Jews, and the cultural and political distinctiveness of Castile and Aragon in the development of state, society, and culture in medieval Spain.

Culture, Politics and Society in 18th Century Britain (formerly HIS337Y1) [48L]

Major themes in late seventeenth and eighteenth century British history with a thematic focus on intellectual, cultural and social developments. Topics include the English “urban renaissance”, the birth of a consumer society, the Scottish Enlightenment and the early stages of the British industrialisation.

Exclusion: HIS337Y1
Recommended preparation: HIS109Y1, EUR200Y1, HIS238H1, 239H1

The Holocaust, to 1942 (formerly HIS338Y1/398Y1) [24L, 6T]

German state policy towards the Jews in the context of racist ideology, bureaucratic structures, and varying conditions in German-occupied Europe. Second Term considers responses of Jews, European populations and governments, the Allies, churches, and political movements.

Exclusion: HIS398Y1/338Y1
Prerequisite: Completion of six undergraduate full-course equivalents
Recommended preparation: A course in modern European history

English History in the 19th Century [48L]

Major aspects of English history from the end of the 18th century to the death of Queen Victoria: the Industrial Revolution, the rise of parliamentary democracy, the role of social class, the development of modern cities, the emergence of the modern state, Victorian religion, the Victorian family, the role of aristocracy in an industrialized society.
Recommended preparation: EUR200Y1/HIS238H1, 239H1

A Survey of Australian History [24L]

This course introduces students to some of the principal themes in the history of Australia since well before the British occupation in 1788. Topics covered include the dispossession and recent partial re-possession of land by the indigenous population, the consequences of its creation as a convict colony, the creation of the Labour Party and later political and social developments.
Prerequisite: one full-year HIS course or equivalent

Pre-Petrine Russia: Russia BefORE 1700 [24L]

This course examines modern Russia’s political predecessors, their contacts with Byzantium, Western Europe, and the Mongol Empire, and resulting cultural, religious, and social changes.
Prerequisite: HIS250Y1

History of Modern Espionage [48L]

An introduction to the historical origins and evolution of modern intelligence services. Topics to be studied include: intelligence in wartime; technological change; intelligence failures; covert operations; counter-espionage; the future of spying. The impact of the popular culture, both in fiction and film is also examined.
Recommended preparation: HIS103Y1 or an equivalent introduction to modern international relations

Conflict and Co-operation in the International System Since 1945 [48L]

An examination of the conduct and consequences 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 the survival of humanity itself. The diplomatic, strategic and economic aspects of international relations will all receive appropriate elucidation.
Recommended preparation: EUR200Y1/HIS103Y1/HIS241H1, HIS242H1

History and Film [24L, 12P]

This course is designed to further students’ knowledge of films’ relationship to the events they depict and their undeniable power as representational systems to render history effectively. This will necessarily entail both close examination of the formal systems film rely upon and an understanding of the distinction between fictional and non-fictional forms in film.
Prerequisite: 2 full courses in history or permission of instructor
Recommended preparation: INI212Y1

History of Modern Chinese Foreign Relations [24L]

The history of Chinese foreign relations from 1842 to the present day, with emphasis on the foreign relations of the People’s Republic since 1949. Topics include: imperialism in China, Sino-Soviet relations; the Deng era rapprochement with the West; contemporary issues such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, regional security.
Prerequisite: EAS102Y1/HIS280Y1/JMC201Y1
Recommended preparation:HIS103Y1

Topics in Gender History [24L]

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

The British Search for Identity: 1800 to the Present (formerly HIS239H1) [24L, 6T]

An introduction to the history of modern England with emphasis on the search for identity with reference to the nation, the crown, class, gender, age, political parties, race and ethnicity.

Exclusion: HIS239H1

History of Twentieth-Century Russia [48L]

A survey of the history of Twentieth-Century Russia. The social, economic, and political development of Twentieth-Century Russia, with an emphasis on the Russian Revolution and Stalinism. Stress is placed on modern historiographical issues.
Recommended preparation: HIS250Y1/POL204Y1

Secularism and Strife: Modern Jewish Politics and Culture [24L]

A survey of Jewish political life from c. 1880 to 1948, with emphasis on Zionism and origins of the state of Israel.

Exclusion: HIS356Y1
Recommended Preparation: one course in European, Middle Eastern or Jewish history

Poland: A Crossroads of Europe [48L]

Social and political history of Poland from the 10th to the 20th century. Analysis of the political history in a broader, central European context; consequences of Christianization of medieval Poland and the Polish-Lithuanian union; Sarmatian culture, Antemurale, Polish Messianism and Cordon sanitaire.
Prerequisite: HIS251Y1/permission of the instructor

Men, Gender and Power in Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution(formerly HIS399H1, 399Y1) [48L]

An investigation of how ideas of masculinity and gender roles shaped the exercise of private and public power in early modern Europe.

Exclusion: HIS399H1, 399Y1

Crime and Society in England Since 1800 [24L]

Crime and criminal justice in England in the industrial age; the relationship of crime, society, and economy.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 8 full credits, including one full HIS credit
Recommended preparation: HIS332H1 and a 200-series HIS course

Zionism and Israel (formerly HIS356Y1) [24L]

Origins of Jewish nationalism in 19th-century Europe; creation of the Zionist political movement; varieties of Zionist ideology; Zionist diplomatic and state-building activity; conflict with the Palestinian Arabs; the establishment of the state and its development since 1948.

Exclusion: HIS356Y1
Recommended preparation: A course in modern European, Jewish or Middle Eastern history

A Social History of Renaissance Europe        (formerly HIS357H1) [48L]

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.
Recommended preparation: A course in Renaissance or Early Modern European history

Exclusion: HIS357H1

Political Culture in Early Modern Europe [24L]

Deals with negotiations of authority in political arenas from c. 1500 to 1750. Topics to be covered include court culture, legal ceremony, diplomatic etiquette, urban ritual and riot. Some background in medieval or early modern history recommended.

Regional Politics and Radical Movements in the 20th Century Caribbean [24L]

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

African Canadian History, 1606 – Present (formerly HIS360H1)        [48L]

This course traces the earliest known arrival of people of African descent in Canada from the early seventeenth century to the time of their more recent postwar immigration trends. Using socio-historical and multidisciplinary approaches, setttlement, community and institutional building and survival will be examined within the framework of other Canadian historical developments.
Recommended preparation: HIS263Y1
Exclusion: HIS360H1

The Holocaust, from 1942 [24L, 6T]

Follows on HIS338H1. Themes include: resistance by Jews and non-Jews; local collaboration; the roles of European governments, the Allies, the churches, and other international organizations; the varieties of Jewish responses. We will also focus on postwar repercussions of the Holocaust in areas such as justice, memory and memorialization, popular culture and politics.

Exclusion: HIS338Y
Prerequisite: HIS338H1

The Hansa: The World of Merchants [24L]

The history of the Hanseatic League in medieval Europe from the late 12th to the late 16th century, with emphasis on the organization of the German Hansa, maritime activities, Hanseatic trade, and daily life of the Hanseatic merchants in Western and Eastern Europe
Prerequisite: HIS220Y1 or permission of instructor

Dynamics of Gender in Canadian History [24L]

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: HIS262Y1/HIS263Y1

History of the Great Lakes Region [24L, 6T]

A survey of the Great Lakes Region as a “trans-national space” from fur trade to free trade. Attention is given to the political, social, economic, environmental, and cultural histories that affected the development of the region.
Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS271Y1

British Government and Society, 1485-1660 (formerly HIS238H1) [24L, 6T]

An introduction to the history of early modern England with reference to politics, religion and social structure.

Exclusion: HIS238H1

Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes from 1500 to 1830 [12L, 6T]

Explores the history of Aboriginal peoples (Indigenous and Métis) living in the Great Lakes Region from the 16th century to the aftermath of the war of 1812. Weaving together interdisciplinary sources, this course examines central events in Great Lakes history including the formation of the Wendat and Haudenosaunee Confederacies and key Anishinaabek alliances, the arrival of European newcomers into an Indigenous landscape, the social-political impact of new diseases, reactions to European missionaries, the fur trade, major conflicts and peace processes including the Great Peace of Montreal, the Treaty of Niagara and the 60 Years War for the Great Lakes; and ending with the period of significant encroachment of new settlers on Indigenous lands. Tutorials, primary source analysis, essay, exam.
Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS271Y1/ABS201Y1

The Black Experience in the United States Since the Civil War [24L]

A survey of the economic, social, political, and cultural history of black America from Reconstruction until recent times. Among the central issues dealt with are: segregation and disfranchisement; the Great Migration; the rise of the ghetto; the Civil Rights Movement; emergence of an “underclass.”
Prerequisite: HIS271Y1

19th Century Imperial Russia (formerly HIS325Y1) [24L]

This course focuses on the political, social, intellectual and cultural history of nineteenth and early twentieth century Russia. Major topics include the rise of a Russian intelligentsia, reform and counter-reform, the nationality question, modernization, the woman question, and revolutionary movements.
Prerequisite: HIS250Y1 or permission of the instructor
Exclusion: HIS325Y1

The Olympics [26L]

This course examines the aspirations, achievements, problems and prospects of the modern Olympic Movement and its implications for physical activity and health with specific reference to the Beijing and Vancouver Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Toronto’s bid for the 2015 Pan American Games.
Prerequisite: one HIS or POL course
Exclusion: PHE302H1

American Consumerism - The Beginnings [24L, 6T]

This course looks at the early origins of American consumerism. It begins with 17th-century England and the economic imperatives within the Atlantic World, then traces the changing attitudes of 18th-century Americans towards consumer goods, fashion and style that led to the mass consumption of the 19th century.
Prerequisite: HIS271Y1
Recommended preparation: At least 6 courses completed

The United States: Now – and Then [24L]

An exploration of some of the historical roots of issues that are of particular importance to understanding the United States of the early 21st century: e.g., the war in Iraq and U.S. global leadership (or hegemony); the impact of globalization on the domestic economy; cultural innovation vs. neo-conservatism.
Prerequisite: HIS271Y1

20th-Century American Foreign Relations (formerly HIS377Y1) [48L]

A survey of the history of American foreign relations from 1898 to the present. Themes include imperial expansion and the uses of power; the relationship of business and government in U.S. foreign policy; and the role of culture and ideas in America’s relations with the world.
Prerequisite: HIS271Y1/372Y1/POL208Y1

Exclusion: HIS377Y1

America in the 1960s        [24L]

A survey of one of the most turbulent decades in American history. Examines the political, social, economic and cultural revolutions that transformed the face of America.
Prerequisite: HIS271Y1

Late Imperial China (formerly HIS380Y1) [24L, 6T]

The political, social, and economic history of China from the period of political and economic reorganization in the Song dynasty to the final glory of the imperial order down to the end of the 18th century and its decay in the 19th.
Prerequisite: EAS102Y1/HIS280Y1/JMC201Y1

Exclusion: HIS380Y1

African Historiography: Knowledge and Identity [24L]

Rather than a survey of African History, this course examines popular representations of the past in Africa, looking at the philosophical and methodological challenges that these multiple histories raise for academic historians. It asks students to think critically about the basis of historical knowledge and the ownership of history
Recommended Preparation: NEW150Y1 and NEW250Y1

African Historiography: Time and Space [24L]

Rather than a survey of African history, this courses examines the ways in which concepts of time and space have been used to create a false sense of a separate and distinct historical field. The courses critiques ideas of tradition and modernity and challenges concepts of physical remoteness and historical isolation.
Recommended Preparation: NEW150Y1 and NEW250Y1

African Women from Colonial Conquest to the Era of Structural Adjustment (formerly HIS383Y1) [24L]

Major themes in the history of African women. Themes include: sources and methodologies of studying African women, cultural construction of gender, changing modes of production, women and state formation, ideology and social control, education, law, race, class and gender, female resistance to colonial rule and African womanisms versus Western feminisms.

Exclusion: HIS383Y1
Prerequisite: HIS295Y1

Colonial Canada        [24L]

Early Canadian history (ca. 1500-1800), emphasizing colonization, Native peoples of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes; establishment of French and British colonies; interaction of natives and European colonizers.

Exclusion: HIS362Y1
Prerequisite: HIS106Y1/262Y1/HIS263Y1 or permission of the instructor

The History of Hong Kong [24L/48L]

A study of political, economic, and social change in the British colony of Hong Kong from 1842 until the present day.

Exclusion: Students cannot take both the Y and H version of HIS385
Recommended preparation: HIS280Y1/232Y1/JMC201Y1

Islamic Culture(s) in South Asia (formerly HIS386Y1) [24L]

Social and political history of Muslims of South Asia since A.D. 712. The growth of Muslim community, conversion, social stratification, and social structure; mediaeval Muslim legacy in administration, art, literature, and religion. Muslim identity, nationalism, and “Islamic modernism” as reflected in the writings of intellectuals such as Sayyid Ahmad Khan, Iqbal, Jinnah, Abul-Kalam Azad, Mawdudi, and Parwiz.
Recommended preparation: HIS101Y1/HIS282Y1

Exclusion: HIS386Y1

France, 1610-1848 (formerly HIS388Y1) [24L]

This course considers the history of France, from the rise of absolutist monarchy under the seventeenth-century, Bourbon monarchs, through the Enlightenment, the Revolution and Napoleonic Empire, and the Restoration, to the fall of the constitutional monarchy in 1848.

Exclusion: HIS388Y1
Prerequisite: one HIS/FRE course

France Since 1848 (formerly HIS388Y1) [24L]

A study of French society, politics and culture from the Paris Commune to the 1990’s. Special attention is paid to watersheds like the Dreyfus Affair and the Vichy regime, to issues of regionalism/nationalism, cultural pluralism, women’s rights, intellectual and cultural trends, and decolonization.

Exclusion: HIS388Y1
Prerequisite: EUR200Y1/one course in HIS/FRE

Topics in History [24L]

In-depth examination of historical issues. Content in any given year depends on instructor. See Undergraduate Handbook or History website for more details.
Prerequisite: Varies from year to year; consult department

Latin American in the Age of Revolution [48L]

This course examines how Latin America and Latin Americans responded to the American, French, Haitian, Latin American, and industrial revolutions of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Prerequisite: 2 HIS courses
Recommended preparation: HIS291Y1/HIS294Y1/IAS200Y1/GGR240Y1

Slavery and the American South [24L]

An examination of the role of slavery in the development of the American South from the early colonial period through the Civil War. Topics include: the origins of slavery, the emergence of a plantation economy, the rise of a slaveholding elite, the structure of the slave community, and the origins of the war.
Prerequisite: HIS271Y1

Writing and Masculinity in Africa: Race, Culture, and Sovereignty [24L]

Introduces African cultural and political history via a series of important primary texts. These texts provide important insights into the gendered nature of African intellectual movements for liberation as well as wider political and cultural discourses. It examines how these authors addressed concepts such as authenticity, modernity, nation, and self.
Prerequisite: HIS296Y1

Independent Experiential Study Project

Independent Experiential Study Project

An instructor-supervised group project in an off-campus setting. Details here.

400-Series Courses

History of the Cold War (formerly HIS401Y1)        [24S]

This course covers international relations from World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Topics include the breakdown of the wartime alliance, Soviet predominance in eastern Europe, the Western response, NATO, atomic weaponry.

Exclusion: HIS401Y1
Prerequisite: HIS311Y1/HIS344Y1/377Y1

Jews and Christians in Medieval and Renaissance Europe (formerly HIS403H1) [48S]

The course focuses on aspects of Jewish-Christian relations ca.300-1600, such as royal and ecclesiastical Jewish policies; religious polemics; intellectual collaboration; social and economic interaction; anti-Judaism and religious violence. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)

Exclusion: HIS403H1
Recommended preparation: HIS206Y1/HIS220Y1/HIS243H1/HIS322Y1/ HIS357Y1

Topics in North American Environmental History [24S]

This seminar interdisciplinary and studies past environmental change in North America. Topics include: theory and historiography; the pre-European environment; contact; resource development; settlement, industrial urban environments; ideas about nature in religion, literature and North American culture; conservation and the modern environmental movement. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)

Exclusion: HIS318Y1
Prerequisite: 8 full courses

Canadian Foreign Relations [48S]

A course on Canadian external relations since 1945. Topics include Canada and the Cold War, the Korean War, the Suez crisis and the war in Vietnam, membership in international organizations, and bilateral relations with other countries. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)
Prerequisite: HIS311Y1/POL312Y1

Advanced Topics in Gender History [24S]

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

Imperial Germany, 1871-1918 (formerly HIS407Y1) [24S]

Historiographical controversies and the latest empirical findings concerning social conflict and political mobilization under Bismarck and Wilhelm II. Problems raised by competing schools of interpretation include definitions of the authoritarian state, bourgeois hegemony, localism and regionalism, radical nationalism, workers’ culture, and gender relations. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)

Exclusion: HIS407Y1
Prerequisite: HIS317Y1 or permission of the instructor

History of Race Relations in America [48S]

Relations between blacks and whites in the United States from the colonial period to recent times with emphasis on slavery.
Prerequisite: HIS271Y1

One Day in Vietnamese Religious History: the Meeting of the Four Religions [24S]

This course examines the religious traditions of Viet Nam through a meeting between the ruling Trinh Lord in Northern Viet Nam and a Buddhist monk, a Taoist Priest, a Confucian scholar, and a Catholic Missionary. Students will read the English translation of the meeting along with scholarly readings and primary documents.
Prerequisite: HIS283Y1

Spectacle, Crowds, and Parades in Canada [24S]

Social and cultural approaches to understanding spectacles, crowd behaviour, and parades in the Canadian past, 1660s - 1980s.
Prerequisite: HIS262Y1/HIS263Y1/367H1

Great Trials in History [24S]

This seminar course will study a handful of great trials – still to be selected – in close detail. Using materials from the modern period in Europe and North America, we will look at the clash of ideas represented in these high-profile cases, the historical setting in which they were embedded, the human drama, legal and sometimes constitutional issues, and their impact both on their societies and our own.

Crusades, Conversions and Colonialization in the Medieval Baltic (formerly HIS412H1) [48S]

Explores the impact of crusades, religious conversion and colonialization on medieval Baltic history through analysis of two medieval chronicles in English translation. Topics include ‘culture clash’, medieval colonialism, Europeanization as well as German expansion eastwards, the role of the Teutonic Knights and the strategies of survival of the native Baltic people after conquest and Christianization.

Exclusion: HIS412H1
Recommended preparation: HIS250Y1/HIS353Y1/permission of instructor

Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World [24S]

Examines the process and consequences of slave emancipation in the Atlantic World, beginning with the French and Haitian Revolutions and concluding with slavery and abolition in West Africa in the early 20th century. Students are introduced to the major literature and historiographical debates surrounding emancipation.

The Third Reich (formerly HIS414Y1) [24S]

An integration of current historiographical approaches to the Third Reich with a close reading of primary documents in English. The focus is on the Nazi regime as something less than a totalitarian state. Attention is given to non-conformity and other features of “everyday life” under the Nazis.

Exclusion: HIS414Y1
Prerequisite: HIS317Y1/338Y1 or permission of instructor

Nationalism & Memory in Modern Europe [24S]

Investigates the modern concept of the nation and its connections to the idea of collective memory in twentieth-century Europe. Through reading and discussing seminal works on nationalism and national memory, we will discuss the connections between modern notions of nation and practices of remembering.
Prerequisite: two European history courses

Orientalism and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Germany [24S]

In 1771, with the translation of the Zend-Avesta by the French Scholar Anquetil-Duperron, a new era opened in German national culture. From the philosophy of Johann Gottfried von Herder to the novels of Thomas Mann, this course analyzes the ways in which German writers defined the substance and place of national culture in their writings about India, Central Asia and the “East.”
Prerequisite: HIS241H1, HIS242H1/HIS317H1/Y1

Women and Gender in Russian History (formerly HIS418Y1) [24S]

Focus is on the history of women and systems of gender in Russia and the Soviet Union. Themes include gender and authority during the age of empresses; pre-revolutionary radical movements; the impACT 1917 Revolution and its impact on women’s lives; the resurrection of conservative gender conventions during Stalin’s regime; the experience of women during perestroika.
Prerequisite: HIS250Y1/HIS351Y1/HIS325H1/Y1

Exclusion: HIS418Y1

Soviet History Seminar (formerly HIS421H1) [48S]

A seminar on the history of Soviet Russia in its formative years, 1917 to 1939. The revolutions of 1917, the civil war and war communism, NEP Russia, the Stalin revolution, the purges, and the “great retreat” are explored. Emphasis is on issues, interpretations and historiography, problems of study, and periodization. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)

Exclusion: HIS421H1
Prerequisite: HIS351Y1 (with a mark of at least 80%)

Vichy France, 1940-1944 [24S]

This course examines the rise, fall, workings and legacies of a xenophobic, collaborationist regime that came to power in France in 1940. It pays special attention to everyday practices under Vichy, to individual choices, to ideological battles, and to trauma. Other major themes include anti-Semitism, issues of memory and amnesia, and socio-cultural shifts.
Recommended preparation: HIS242H1

Social History of Medicine in the 19th& 20th Centuries (formerly HIS423Y1) [24S]

Introduces students to some of the main issues in the new field of the social history of medicine. Readings from the secondary historical literature are distributed and discussed in class, covering such topics as the history of the doctor-patient relationship, changes in physicians’ social status, changing attitudes towards the body, and the history of obstetrics and gynaecology. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)

Exclusion: HIS423Y1
Prerequisite: A minimum of one course in HIS/PSY/SOC

Violence in Medieval Society (formerly HIS424Y1) [24S]

This seminar explores the social function and meaning of violence in medieval society, and the development of rituals and institutions to control violence. Among the topics treated: Germanic blood feud, aristocratic violence and chivalry, criminal justice systems, violence against minorities, and violence and gender. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)
Prerequisite: HIS220Y1/304Y1/320Y1/HIS322Y1

Exclusion: HIS424Y1

Historiography [24S]

A look at some basic problems of historical study, approached by means of an analysis of the work of a number of historians and philosophers of history, representing different schools of thought and time periods from ancient times to the present.
Recommended preparation: Three HIS courses

Medieval Italy, 400-1400 [24S]

This course attempts to survey the major developments and figures of Italian history from the fall of the Western Roman empire to the dawn of the Renaissance.

History and Historiography in the Golden Legend [24S]

The “Golden Legend” or Readings on the Saints, compiled by Jacobus de Voragine C. 1260, serves as the basis for a seminar on the relation of history and legend as understood in the High Middle Ages. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)
Prerequisite: HIS220Y1

Institutes of Perfection [24S]

The first goal of this seminar is to help students read the sources with a more critical eye, especially narrative sources (Lives of Saints) and normative sources (rules and customaries). The second goal is to study the evolution of the monastic ideal from its origin to the 12th century. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)
Prerequisite: A course in Medieval history such as HIS220Y1

Canadians and the World Wars [24S]

Topics in the political, social, cultural, and military history of Canadians during the First and Second World Wars. Emphasis on the home front.
Prerequisite: HIS263Y1

Gender and the Holocaust [24S]

An examination of the Holocaust and the ways it has been studied and represented through the lens of gender. In what ways did being male or female make a difference for the people who were part of the Holocaust; what did Nazi ideology preach about ideas of masculinity and femininity and how did German authorities implement those notions; what roles did sex, sexuality, and sexual violence play in the Nazi assault on Jews and other groups; how have assumptions about gender shaped memories and representations of the Holocaust?

Topics in Medieval History [24S]

The students define together with the professor eight different topics (e.g. relics, masculinity, leprosy, clothes, recluses, peasants’ houses, gynecology and the peace of God). Each topic is approached through a class discussion, on the basis of a common corpus of secondary sources, plus presentations by the students.
Prerequisite: A course in Medieval history such as HIS220Y1

Polish Jews Since the Partition of Poland [24S]

To explore the history of Polish Jews from the Partitions of Poland to the present time, concentrating on the 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries: situation of Polish Jews in Galicia; Congress Kingdom of Poland; Prussian-occupied Poland befORE 1914; during World War II; and post-war Poland. Focus on an analysis of primary sources. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)
Prerequisite: HIS208Y1/HIS251Y1/permission of the instructor

Kievan Rus’ [48S]

The origin of Rus’, international trade, the impact of nomadic peoples, the introduction of Christianity, the economic system an the problem of feudalism, the political structure and the dilemma of princely succession; literature and architecture; the displacement of political power centres and depopulation, the preservation of the Kievan heritage. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)
Prerequisite: One of the following: HIS220Y1/HIS250Y1/ 320Y1/HIS322Y1/JHP204Y1

Change and Continuity in Seventeenth Century England [24S]

This course focuses on the causes, character and consequences of the British Civil Wars (1638-60) and on the different ways historians have treated these questions over the pAST 150 years. Students will think about how religious issues influenced political events before, during and after the Civil Wars and on how they were influenced by contemporaneous economic and social change.
Prerequisite: four full HIS courses, including HIS238H/HIS348H1

Linguistic and Cultural Minorities in Europe [48S]

Examines status of minority peoples in Europe, using specific case studies to compare similarities and differences in how these minorities function in states with differing political systems and ideologies. The evolution of specific minorities focuses on questions of language, religion, historical ideology, legal status, assimilation, and political goals. (Given by the Departments of Political Science and History)
Prerequisite: POL103Y1/POL312Y1/a course in European history

Culture and the Cold War (formerly HIS436Y1) [24S]

The impact of the Cold War on life in the West through a study of selected popular culture themes and modes of production that helped shape the era. Four themes include “Living with the Bomb,” “Living with the National Security State,” “Living with Spies,” and “Women Living with the Cold War.”

Exclusion: HIS436Y1

Inquisition and Society in Medieval and Early Modern Europe [24S]

Focusing on the institution of the inquisition, this seminar explores the response of ecclesiastical and secular authorities to religious heterodoxy. Among the groups prosecuted by the inquisition discussed: Cathar heretics in France, crypto-Jews, and crypto-Muslims in Spain, and witches in Italy.
Recommended preparation: HIS220Y1

Russia’s Empire [24S]

This course examines ways in which the Russian Empire and Soviet Union expanded their territories, the ways they controlled those colonies, and the ways in which they dealt with rising nationalism both at home and abroad.
Prerequisite: HIS250Y1

Gender & International Relations (formerly HIS440H1) [48S]

The seminar explores the use of gender as a category of analysis in the study of international relations. Topics include gendered imagery and language in foreign policymaking; beliefs about women’s relationship to war and peace; issues of gender, sexuality, and the military; and contributions of feminist theory to international relations theory.
Prerequisite: HIS103Y1/HIS245Y1/377Y1/POL208Y1 or permission of instructor

Exclusion: HIS440H1

Conversion & Christianities in the Early Modern Spanish World [24S]

Investigates religious conversion and cultural change in the Spanish world ca. 1450-1750. Principal settings include the late medieval Spanish kingdoms, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, and the Philippines archipelago. FALL 2007 is special: our seminar readings and assignments will take best advantage of “The Virgin, Saints and Angels”, an exhibition of baroque paintings from Spanish South America in the UofT Art Centre.
Recommended Preparation: HIS106Y1 or HIS291Y1 may be useful

European Women in the Twentieth Century [24S]

Examines major events of European history in?the 20th century as experienced, shaped, and sometimes resisted?by women. Topics discussed will be the World Wars, the Holocaust, Communism, civil?wars, decolonization, the Cold War, the European Union, and demographic, social and cultural transformations in Europe over the past hundred?years.
Prerequisite: a course in modern European history

Society, Culture and Religion in the Renaissance and Reformation (formerly HIS443Y1) [24S]

Developments in popular/lay/local religion as expressed in a variety of cultural, political, and social forms from 1400-1600; the relation of these forms to both Catholic and Protestant institutional churches. Impact of Renaissance humanism on notions of kinship, order, community, perfection.

Exclusion: HIS443Y1
Recommended preparation: HIS340Y1/HIS357Y1 or permission of instructor

Topics in Jewish History: Jewish Identity in the Modern World [24S]

Explores the construction of Jewish identity in Europe from the late 18th through mid 20th centuries. Political emancipation and unprecedented economic opportunity stimulated many Jews to adopt the cultures of their host societies while refashioning Jewishness as a form of religious or ethnic community. Others constructed identities based on a defensive Orthodoxy or revolutionary ethos. Zionism grew out of and responded to all of these options and will receive particular focus in this course.
Prerequisite: Two of the following: HIS208Y1/HIS241H1/HIS242H1/HIS244H1/HIS250Y1/HIS251Y1/317Y1/338Y1/341H1/HIS353Y1/HIS356H1/HIS388H1 or permission of instructor
Recommended Preparation: A course in Jewish history.

Nationalism [24S]

What is a nation? Are nations ancient or modern, unchanging or malleable? Do nations create states, or does the state create the nation? This course seeks to answer these questions through an examination of nationalism, primarily in Europe, from the 1700’s through the present.
Prerequisite: Two courses in European history or permission of instructor

Gender and Slavery in the Atlantic World (formerly HIS446Y1) [48S]

The course examines the relationship between gender and the experience of slavery and emancipating several Atlantic world societies from the 17th-19th centuries. Areas to be covered are the Caribbean, Brazil, the U.S. South, West and South Africa and Western Europe.

Exclusion: HIS446Y1
Prerequisite: HIS245Y1/HIS291Y1/HIS294Y1/295Y1

Sex, Money, and American Empire [24S]

This seminar considers two bodies of scholarship: American empire and its relationship to global capital, militarism, and technoscience; and empire, sex, race, and intimacy. In doing so, the seminar questions how imperial formations shaped life within the United States, as much as it altered distant and not so distant territories, peoples, and diasporas.

Gender in East and Southeast Asia (formerly HIS391H1) [24S]

This course explores the history of gender in East and Southeast Asia from a comparative perspective. It will examine how models of Southeast Asian women have been constructed against their East Asian counterparts.
Prerequisite: HIS283Y1

Exclusion: HIS391H1

Ukrainian National Revival [48S]

The role of the intelligentsia in East European national revivals; the ethnographic and literary revival; the language question; the press and cultural organizations; education; religion; and political movements. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)
Recommended preparation: One of the following: JHP204Y1/HIS241H1/HIS251Y1/HIS445H1

World War II in East Central Europe [24S]

The fall of the Versailles system, German and Soviet diplomatic and military activities and their occupational policies in East Central Europe during World War II, economic exploitation, collaboration, resistance, and genocide in the discussed region, its “liberation” and sovietization in 1944-1945. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)
Prerequisite: EUR200Y1/HIS251Y1/HIS334Y1

Science and Society in Europe, 1600-1800 [24S]

Comparative analysis of British and French scientific culture during the age of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Addresses science as a culturally constructed system of knowledge rather than a body of absolute truth. Particular attention is therefore paid to similarities and differences between “elite” and “popular” science, as manifested in the periodical press, literary texts and consumer culture. Major course themes include gender, race, imperialism and governance.
Prerequisite: HIS244H1/HIS337H1/324H1/HIS324Y1/341Y1

Problems of National Survival in Eastern Europe Since 1848 [24S]

How the peoples of Eastern Europe tried to organize their domestic affairs, and in what international context they sought to operate, in order to survive as national entities and later to preserve their newly-won independence and territorial integrity. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)
Prerequisite: HIS251Y1/HIS334Y1 or equivalent

Twentieth Century Ukraine [48S]

World War I and the Russian Revolution: the Ukrainian independence movement; the Soviet Ukraine and west Ukrainian lands during the interwar period; World War II and the German occupation; the Soviet Ukraine before and after the death of Stalin. Socio-economic, cultural, and political developments. (Given by the Departments of History and Political Science) (Joint undergraduate-graduate)
Prerequisite: A course in modern European, East European or Russian history or politics such as JHP204Y1/HIS250Y1/ HIS351Y1/HIS353Y1

In the Soviet Archives: Text and History [24S]

A tour of Soviet history through recently declassified archival documents (in English translation), first-hand accounts, memoirs, and literature. The primary chronological emphasis of the course will be on the years of Stalin. The focus of the course will be on close textual analysis and a critical reading of the sources. (Joint undergraduate-graduate.)
Prerequisite: HIS351Y1 with a grade of 80 or higher.

Black Slavery in Latin America [48S]

An examination of black slavery in Latin America, with emphasis on the lives of the slaves, from the conquest of America to abolition in the 19th century.
Prerequisite: HIS291Y1/HIS292Y1/HIS294Y1/295Y1/394Y1/HIS408Y1/ IAS200Y1/ 320H1

The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire [24S]

Explores the central themes in the history of France during the Revolution and the First Empire. We will consider the period’s principal political, social and cultural aspects: the causes of the French Revolution; the shift from constitutional monarchy to Republic; the relationship between politics and religion; the invention of a new republican political culture; counterrevolution and Terror; the Directory; Bonaparte’s rise to power; the Napoleonic Empire; the nature of war during the Empire; the Restoration; and the Revolution’s legacy in France and beyond today.
Prerequisite: HIS243H1/HIS244H1/HIS319H1/341Y1/HIS388H1/HIS492Y1

Topics in Russian and Soviet Foreign Policy [48S]

Tsarist and Soviet foreign relations from the Crimean War to the present with emphasis on continuity and change. The seminar examines major themes in Russian and Soviet foreign policy behaviour on the basis of assigned readings.
Prerequisite: HIS250Y1/HIS334Y1/HIS344Y1

Soviet History and Film, 1921-1946 [24S]

The history of Soviet cinema and the importance of film as a historical source. Documentary and fiction film; editing, narration, and sound; film distribution and exhibition; the Soviet school of montage and socialist realism; nationality and gender; the Soviet musical comedy of the Stalin era; resistance and dissidence.
Prerequisite: INI115Y1/HIS250Y1

Exclusion: HIS450Y1/SLA233H1/SLA234H1

Soviet History and Film, 1941-1991 [24S]

Soviet film as a historical source and the institutional and ideological history of Soviet film production, distribution, and exhibition. Fiction and documentary film during World War II; the cinema of the Cold War and the “Thaw”; Soviet “new realism” and the return of the village; avant-garde cinema of the 1960s-80s; memory and historical revision in late Soviet film. Screenings include never-before-seen archival footage, as well as films and film clips subtitled by the instructor.
Prerequisite: INI115Y1/HIS250Y1

Exclusion: HIS450Y1/SLA233H1/SLA234H1

Poland in the 20th Century [24S]

The 20th century has been an age of experiments for Poland. Universal, general problems of democracy, authoritarianism, totalitarianism, communism, socialism, free market and centrally planned economies, are examined, as are the ongoing adjustments made by the Polish people. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)
Prerequisite: HIS334Y1/HIS353Y1/permission of the instructor

Canadian Intelligence and National Security, 1945 – Present [24S]

An exploration of Canadian intelligence from the end of World War Two to the present, with an emphasis on understanding policies, institutions and practices in the context of changing perceptions of threats to national security. The Cold War era will provide essential context for understanding the new security environment created in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
Recommended Preparation: HIS343Y1

Religion and Violence in Comparative Perspective [24S]

Examines varying roles of religion in cases of genocide and extreme violence. Seminar proceeds from recent cases (Darfur, Rwanda, wars associated with break-up of Yugoslavia) backward through the 20th century (Cambodia, Indonesia, the Holocaust, Armenians, Herero) and the 19th century (Belgian Congo, Caucasus, native peoples in the Americas).
Prerequisite: one course in HIS/REL/Peace and Conflict

Topics in Canadian History        (formerly HIS466Y1) [24S]

Selected topics in a specific period of Canadian history. Content in any given year depends on instructor. Please see the History Department website for complete description.
Prerequisite: HIS262Y1/HIS263Y1

French Colonial Indochina: History, Cultures, Texts, Film (formerly HIS467Y1) [24S]

Examines French colonial Indochina through several different lenses. Themes include the cross-cultural “contact zones” between colonial and colonized societies, gender perceptions, imperial culture, expressions of colonial power, and forms of opposition. Colonial novels, translated resistance literature, documentaries, and films are utilized as primary sources to be examined critically.
Prerequisite: ANT344Y1/EAS204Y1/GGR342H1/HIS104Y1/ HIS107Y1/ HIS280Y1/HIS282Y1/HIS283Y1/HIS315H1/388Y1/NEW369Y1

Exclusion: HIS467Y1

Religion, Culture and Society in Canada [24S]

This course examines the interaction between religion and culture in Canada from colonial times to the present with emphasis on primary documents. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)
Recommended preparation: A course in Canadian history

History, Rights, and Difference in South Asia [24S]

Addressing South Asian history afTER 1750, this course examines ideas of rights, contract, and the rule of law in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Attention is paid to the intellectual history of rights and the central place of colonial and postcolonial questions within that history. Topics include rights and questions concerning indigenous culture, caste and customary practice, gender and capitalist development.
Prerequisite: A mark of 73% or higher in HIS282Y1 or instructor’s permission
Recommended preparation: Background in political and social theory and some background in South Asia

United States and Globalization [24S]

This course considers the origins and evolution of U.S. experiences with globalization: attention is paid to economic, technological, cultural, and institutional developments during the past century.
Prerequisite: HIS271Y1/377Y1
Recommended preparation: HIS377Y1

Indigenous-Newcomer Relations in Canadian History (formerly HIS472Y1) [24S]

The trajectory of Canadian history has been (and continues to be) shaped ssignificantly by the changing relationships between indigenous peoples and newcomers to what is now Canada. Through discussion of readings on various seminar topics, we will explore the multi-faceted contours of these relationships, from cultural encounters, treaties & alliances, and missionization to colonization , assimilation, residential schools and contemporary issues

Exclusion: HIS472Y1
Prerequisite: HIS262Y1/HIS263Y1 (minimum 73%)

The United States and Asia in the Cold War Era (formerly HIS473H1) [48S]

This seminar examines strategic, economic, ideological, and cultural factors in U.S. relations with East and Southeast Asia. Major themes include the role of cultural and informal diplomacy and the effect of perceptions and misperceptions on both sides of U.S.-Asian interactions.
Prerequisite: HIS344Y1/372Y1/377Y1

Exclusion: HIS473H1

Race, Segregation, and Protest: South Africa and the United States        [24S]

This course explores the origins, consolidation, and unmaking of segregationist social orders in South Africa and the American South. It examines the origins of racial inequality, the structural and socio-political roots of segregation, and the twin strategies of accommodation and resistance employed by black South Africans and African Americans. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)
Recommended preparation: HIS271Y1/295Y1

Voices from Black America (formerly HIS476Y1) [24S]

The history of Black Americas seen through the eyes of some of the men and women who experienced it. Attention is given to slavery but emphasis is on the twentieth century. Students examine autobiographical works, novels, and film.
Prerequisite: HIS271Y1

Exclusion: HIS476Y1

Topics in the Social and Cultural History of Victorian Britain (formerly HIS477Y1) [24S]

Examination of the impact of industrialism on Victorian society and values. Concentration on Victorian social critics including Engels, Owen, Maynew, Dickens and Morris.
Recommended preparation: A course in modern British History/Victorian literature

Exclusion: HIS477Y1

Hellhound on my Trail: Living the Blues in the Mississippi Delta, 1890-1945 [24S]

This course examines black life and culture in the cotton South through the medium of recorded blues music. It seeks to restore a voice and a sense of agency to black southerners in the age of Jim Crow. Topics include the plantation economy, agricultural life, mobility, migration, and urban subcultures.
Recommended Preparation: HIS271Y1/USA300H1

American Foreign Policy Since World War II (formerly HIS479Y1) [24S]

An in-depth study of U.S. behaviour in the global arena since World War II. Particular attention will be paid to the origins and evolution of the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the initiatives of the Nixon-Kissinger years, the end of the Cold War, and the relevance of “globalization.”
Prerequisite: HIS271Y1/377Y1

Exclusion: HIS479Y1

Modernity and its Others: History and Postcolonial Critique [24S]

Engaging with influential perspectives in postcolonial historiography, this seminar tracks three major themes in the history of the idea of modernity from the late 18th through the 20th centuries: political freedom, citizenship and the nation-state; capitalism and its critique; and the relationship of history, memory, and identity. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)
Prerequisite: a mark of 73% or higher in HIS282Y1, or instructor’s permission
Recommended preparation: History of colonialism, political theory, or postcolonial literatures

Elite Women, Power, and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Africa [24S]

The role of elite women in twentieth-century Africa has been overshadowed by studies of non-elite women so much so as to suggest that all women lacked power. This course aims to show how a very limited but important group of women negotiated power in a century of increasing patriarchy. It combines gender with class analysis.
Prerequisite: HIS295H1/HIS296Y1/HIS383H1/396H1 or permission of instructor

History of the Body from Antiquity to the Renaissance [24S]

This course will explore the cultural history of the body from ancient Greece to Renaissance Italy. From an examination of both bodily practices and discourses about the body we will attempt to gain an understanding of premodern experiences of and attitudes towards the human body.
Prerequisite: one course in pre-modern History

Men, Women and Gender in Europe, 1400-1800 (formerly HIS483Y1) [24S]

This research seminar builds on work done in lower-level gender history courses. It focuses on intensive study of sources and methodologies for the history of masculinities and women in early modern Europe. The main assignment is an independently-designed major research project.
Prerequisite: HIS245Y1/306Y1/354H1

Exclusion: HIS483Y1

The Car in North American History (formerly HIS484Y1) [24S]

This seminar examines the history of the car in North America from the perspective of technology, business, landscape and popular culture. Particular attention is paid to issues of production, consumption, geography, and daily life, and to the importance of class race, gender, region,
and age in shaping the meaning and experience of car culture.
Prerequisite: HIS263Y1/HIS271Y1

Exclusion: HIS484Y1

Topics in Late Imperial and Modern Chinese History (formerly HIS485Y1) [24S]

A seminar on aspects of Chinese history from 1368 to the present, with emphasis on social history. Topics vary and include: social structure in Ming-Qing China; religion and ritual in Chinese society; Chinese popular culture. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)

Exclusion: HIS485Y1
Prerequisite: EAS102Y1/HIS280Y1, HIS380Y1/JMC201Y1

Animal and Human Rights in Anglo-American Culture [24S]

Examines the parallel discourses of animal and human rights in Anglo-American culture from the eighteenth century to the present. The courses explores issues of subjectivity and consciousness as well as cruelty and pain. Topics include slavery and abolition, animal welfare and antivivisection, anti-colonial liberation movements, and animal rights campaigns.
Recommended Preparation: HIS296Y1

The Secret War, 1939-1945 (formerly HIS488Y1) [24S]

The development of intelligence techniques and operations in wartime conditions; the role of espionage, cryptanalysis and deception in deciding the battles and campaigns of the Second World War.
Prerequisite: Any two courses from: EUR200Y1/HIS103Y1/ HIS241H1, HIS242H1/HIS343Y1/HIS344Y1

Exclusion: HIS488Y1

The History of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Illness [24S]

Introduces students to some of the main issues in the history of psychiatry. Readings from the secondary historical literature are distributed and discussed in class, covering such topics as changes in the nature of psychotic illness, the psychoneuroses, disorders of the mind/body relationship, and the psychiatric diagnosis and the “presentation” of illness. (Joint undergraduate-graduate)
Prerequisite: a minimum of one course in HIS/PSY/SOC

Exclusion: HIS423Y1

Everyday Stalinism [24S]

This seminar explores issues of everyday life in Soviet Russia during the Stalin era. What was the “Soviet normal”? Topics will include belief systems, dreams and myths, terror, fear, repression, and resistance. Texts include a range of different sources, memoirs, diaries, official state documents, and secondary sources.
Prerequisite: grade of ‘A’ in HIS250Y1/grade of ‘B+’ or higher in HIS351Y1

Britain and the French Revolution, 1785-1801 (formerly HIS492H1) [48S]

Britain’s response to the French Revolution and revolutionary wars studied through selected topics in political theory, the history of popular movements, the
experience of industrialization and foreign policy.
Prerequisite: Any course in Western European or British History

Exclusion: HIS492H1

Topics in History (formerly HIS495Y1) [48S]

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

Exclusion: HIS495Y1
Recommended preparation: Varies from year to year

Topics in History        [24S]

An in-depth examination of historical issues. Content in any given year depends on instructor. See Undergraduate Handbook or History website for more details.
Recommended preparation: Varies from year to year

Independent Studies [TBA]

Independent Studies [TBA]

These courses assume the form of an undergraduate thesis. Students must find an appropriate supervisor from the Department, receive approval for the project, and submit an Independent Studies ballot. Students must be enroled in either a History Specialist or Major program, with a B+ average in no less than 4 HIS courses, or with special permission of the instructor. Applications must be received in September for first session courses; in December for second session courses.