History Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions, 2021/2022

History 100, What is History? (3 credits)
Instructor: W. French

The discipline of history through the study of questions, sources, methods, and controversies.  Includes case studies of key turning points in world history to examine what historians do and why it matters.

History 102, World History from 1500 to the 20th Century (6 credits)
Instructor: S. Prange

This course offers a broad survey of the history of the world from the end of the fifteenth century to the early twentieth century.   The course begins at the pivotal moment in world history when oceanic contact created new connections between Europe, Asia, and the Americas.  Term 1 will focus on the period from 1500 to 1750.  We will examine and compare the political, social, economic and religious systems of some major civilizations – particularly those of East Asia, South Asia, Europe and the Middle East – and consider how increased contact among these cultures resulted in new patterns of conquest, collaboration and exchange. Term 2 will cover the history of the world from about 1750 to the early twentieth century.  We will study the new forms of globalization that resulted from intensified European colonialism as well as the emergence of new ideologies in the nineteenth century and then see how these trends contributed to the political catastrophes that beset much of the world in the first half of the twentieth century.

In addition to attending two lectures each week, students will also attend a weekly discussion.  Every student who registers for the course must also register for a discussion tutorial.  Evaluation will be based on written work, examinations, and participation in the tutorials.

History 103, World History since 1900 (6 credits)
Instructor: S. Lee (section 001)

International relations; changes in the nation-state system; the emergence and impact of major political ideologies; genocide; decolonization; the globalization of trade; and the dynamics of economic, social, cultural, and environmental change in a global context.

History 103, World History since 1900 (6 credits)
Instructors: B. Bryce (section 002)

International relations; changes in the nation-state system; the emergence and impact of major political ideologies; genocide; decolonization; the globalization of trade; and the dynamics of economic, social, cultural, and environmental change in a global context.

History 104, Topics in World History (3 credits)
Instructors:  T. Brook (104A Section 227); T. Cheek (104B Section 101); B. Bryce (104D Section 201); R. Menkis (104E Section 201); P. Unwalla (104G Sections V01 and V02); M. Munoz (104H Section 101)

Thematically-organized topics will explore global aspects of human experience across time. Each section will examine a single theme.

Section 227 of HIST 104A (Brook):  

This section is restricted to students in CAP (Co-ordinated Arts Programme)

State Intervention and International Law in World History

States have intervened in the affairs of other states for as long as there have been states. The overseas expansion of European states in the 15th century, however, changed the terms of intervention, leading to what we know as international law today. This course tracks that development through a series of case studies, starting with the Spanish intervention in the Americas in 1493 and ending with the use of drones by the United States in the Middle East starting in 2004. Imperialism, in other words, has been the driver of international law.

Section 101 of HIST 104B (Cheek):  Topic: Communism and After

Traces the rise, florescence, and failing of Bolshevik state socialism in the 20th century, as well as the experience of post-socialist societies and today’s later socialist societies in Asia. The Communist moment world-wide provides a useful comparative context for a global history of the 20th century. Case studies will include the progenitor, the Soviet Union, the largest and longest lasting, the People’s Republic of China, satellite communisms in Eastern Europe, and the unusual cases of Cuba and North Korea. Our focus will be on both geopolitics and local experience. In the end, what does the world’s experience with Communism tell us?

History 105B, Contemporary Global Issues in Historical Perspective (3 credits)
Instructor: P. Unwalla (Sections V01 and V02)

(Restricted to Vantage College students)

The War on Terror: A Global History: This course relays a history of the varied conflicts, moral and legal issues, and ideological positions that make up the nebulous, ongoing 'War on Terror.' Beyond exploring the 'big' players and issues, we will undertake three more significant tasks. First, we will dive deep into local contexts to investigate the WOT's impact on diverse communities and individuals, exploring how they have experienced, contributed to and/or resisted the WOT. Second, we will examine how the WOT has helped create a politics of fear that permeates our existence and how people have confronted that politics. Finally, we will grapple with the challenges of understanding the history of a phenomenon in which we remain mired.

History 105C, Contemporary Global Issues in Historical Perspective (3 credits)
Instructor: TBA

Places, issues and problems of current relevance such as disease, terrorism, drugs, or ethnic conflict in historical perspective. Each section will explore a single theme.

History 106, Global Environmental History (3 credits)
Instructor: T. Loo

The impact humans have had on the environment, and the ways in which the physical environment has shaped human history: climate, agriculture, energy use, and urbanization.

History 108, Global Environmental History (3 credits)
Instructor: M. Munoz

The history of capitalism in its global dimension from the beginnings to the age of industrialization. An investigation of economies - in both their practices and cultures - around the world and across the ages from ancient times to the modern era.

History 202B, Gateway to the Middle Ages (3 credits)
Instructor: C. Booker

An introduction to some problems and themes of historical methodology and medieval European History through a close reading and discussion of medieval texts.  HIST 202 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.

History 220A, History of Europe (3 credits)
Instructor: M. Lanthier

In this course, we will study the history of Europe over the last five hundred years or so (that works out to roughly one year per three minutes of class time!) in order to understand the complex underlying processes and the powerful, remarkable people that have shaped it.

We will start our journey in a world full of knights, peasants, and witch-hunts that may seem unrecognizable to us at first glance. As we start moving towards the present, we will see that Europe has always been a meeting place of different civilizations, peoples, and states that have interacted with each other in both destructive and creative ways.

We will also learn about wars, revolutions, ideas, books, religions, and art that have shaped the “Western” world we currently live in and take for granted.

The course also puts significant emphasis on building critical historical skills and on helping you to write more effective history essays and to become a better historian.

History 235, History of Canada, Moments that Matter (3 credits)
Instructor: T. Loo

An introduction to major turning points in Canadian history. Exploration of the social, political, cultural, and environmental transformations/revolutions that have shaped Canada from early European colonialism to the twenty-first century.  HIST 235 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.

History 236, Memory, Representation and Interpretation: Public History in Canada (3 credits)
Instructor: T. Myers

An introduction to public history in Canada. An exploration of the politics and practice of representing the past in a variety of sites, and questions of historical interpretation, memory, and audience.  HIST 236 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.

History 237A, Major Issues in American History (3 credits)
Instructor: J. Wang

Survey from colonial period to present examining political system, slavery, Civil War, race relations and civil rights, westward expansion, industrialization, feminism, expanding international presence, Cold War, and modern culture.  HIST 237 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.

History 240, Health, Illness and Medicine I: From the Ancient World to the Early Modern Period (3 credits)
Instructor: J. Goldowitz

An introduction to the History of western medicine, from the Ancient World to the Enlightenment, with a focus on social and cultural ideas surrounding the body, health, and disease, and the development of medical institutions.  HIST 240 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.

History 241, Health, Illness and Medicine II: The Modern World from 1750 to the Present (3 credits)
Instructor: R. Brain

Western medicine from 1700 to the present, with a focus on social and cultural ideas surrounding the body, health and disease, and the development of medical institutions.  HIST 241 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.

History 250A, Major Issues in Latin American History (3 credits)
Instructor: B. French

This course examines significant historical turning points in Latin America since the Wars of Independence in the early nineteenth century.  It explores the political institutions, social movements, revolutions, and economic developments that shaped the cultural, social, political and economic contours of the region. In addition to identifying larger historical watersheds, it pays attention to broader cultural impacts and to competing constructions of national identity. Its concern is with race, class and gender and their influences on the daily lives of ordinary people.  HIST 250 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.

History 256, History of Africa (3 credits)
Instructor: D. Morton

An introduction to the long arc of African history, from early times to recent times. Given the diversity of the continent and its deep past, we will use a sampling of historical episodes to explore alternative methods of doing history and different ways of thinking about what history is. Students will become familiar with how historians have made use of archeology, historical linguistics, material culture, art, photography, works of fiction, oral traditions, and personal interviews. They will engage with some of the principal themes of African historiography, such as the question of “civilization”, the impacts of the transatlantic slave trade, the nature of resistance in the colonial era, and the challenges of post-independence state-making. Students will also begin to wield the foundational tools of historical practice for themselves – including evidence analysis, library and research skills, and writing. During a unit dedicated to historical and ethnographic museums (such as the UBC Museum of Anthropology) students will also address issues related to engaging a wider public in African history.  HIST 256 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.

History 259, Science and Society in the Contemporary World (1) (3 credits)
Instructor: A. Kojevnikov

The history of science, medicine, and technology, emphasizing networks, exchanges, and encounters in a global context. HIST 259 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.

History 270A, China in World History (3 credits)
Instructor: L. Shin

This course explores the history of China in a global context. We will begin our journey with the Mongol empire in the thirteenth century and conclude with some reflections on the most recent past. Our goals are two-fold: to introduce students to important critical skills, especially as they are related to the practice of historically-informed analyses; and to encourage students to reflect on not only the global dimensions of China’s past but also, more generally, the inter-connectedness of human societies.  HIST 270 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history. Equivalency: ASIA 270

History 271, Japan and Global History (3 credits)
Instructor: R. Hua

 Thematic study of comparisons and relations between Japan and the world outside (primarily Europe and China). Commercial expansion, systems of world order, social institutions, religious and ideological expression, and state organization.   HIST 271 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.

History 273, History of India (3 credits)
Instructor: T. Mayer

Societies, cultures, and politics of the Indian subcontinent from its ancient civilizations to the formation of the modern nation-states of South Asia.  HIST 273 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.

History 280, Islamic World History (3 credits)
Instructor: D. Khakzad

The history of the Islamic world in its global dimensions from its origins to the present day through the themes of religion, law, politics, culture, and modernity. HIST 280 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.

History 302, Indigenous Peoples of North America (3 credits)
Instructor: N. May

Indigenous peoples from pre-contact to the present in Canada and the U.S. Topics include colonial frontiers, disease, fur trade, government policies, environment, gender, religion, oral narratives, activism, urbanization, and identity.

History 304, Researching Local History from the Ground Up (3 credits)
Instructor: L. Ishiguro

Are you interested in learning how to conduct historical research? Do you want to make new discoveries or uncover new stories about a local community? Are you wondering how you can connect your History courses with the wider world, or hoping to use your studies to contribute to public knowledge about the past? HIST 304 is a practical course designed around these priorities. Through lectures, discussions, activities, and assignments – all designed around unique opportunities to conduct hands-on historical research – the course will introduce local history as a field of study, build your research skills, and offer you the chance to investigate a local history topic and design related teaching resources.

History 305, History of British Columbia (3 credits)
Instructor: L. Ishiguro

Here, the history of British Columbia is all around us. HIST 305 examines the events and processes that have made this place, with a particular focus on the late eighteenth century to the present. Key themes include colonialism and migration; the role of race, gender, class, and sexuality in shaping British Columbia and different people’s experiences of it; power, protest, and the making of a modern state; and British Columbia’s relationship with Canada and the world. The course also places a strong emphasis on investigating and understanding this place through original historical sources, and reflecting on how the past continues to shape British Columbia and our lives here today.

History 311, The British Empire to 1850 (3 credits)
Instructor: D. Gossen

Transformation of the British imperial system from the mid-nineteenth century to de-colonization and neo-colonialism after the second World War.

History 312, Africa from Imperialism to Independence (3 credits)
Instructor: D. Morton

Pre-colonial, colonial, and contemporary, emphasizing South Africa.

History 318, Early 20th Century Britain (3 credits)
Instructor: M. Lanthier

This survey will examine the course of British history between 1900 and 1945. In 1900 Great Britain was the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world, controlling a global Empire that covered a quarter of the globe’s land mass. Forty-five years and two world wars later, the country had been relegated to the second tier of world powers, unable to compete with the United States or the Soviet Union. Britain’s economy was greatly weakened, basic goods continued to be rationed even after the return of peace in 1945, while the Empire that had built up over centuries was crumbling: the Crown jewels of India and Pakistan had been lost in 1947, and it was only a matter of time before the rest followed. But in the midst of this apparent decline, the British nation was re-inventing itself. The Labour government that came to power in 1945 nationalized numerous industries and created a medical system that would assist every British citizen from cradle to grave regardless of his or her means. In short, the United Kingdom in 1945 was just as much of a vanguard nation as it had been fifty years before.

History 319, Britain since 1945 (3 credits)
Instructor: M. Lanthier

In 1945, Great Britain had just emerged victorious from the most devastating war in history and still controlled the largest empire the world has ever seen. Many people in the island nation and abroad assumed that the first industrial nation was in robust health and would naturally continue to play a leading international role during the decades ahead.

In 2021, the same country seems to be a very different place, gripped by unrest and a profound, long-standing malaise. The fallout from Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic are merely the latest in a long series of events that many Britons see as indicative of decline and even decadence. Britain and its people seem to be in search of a role and an identity in the rapidly changing world of the twenty-first century

In this course, we will study the challenges that Britain has faced since the end of the Second World War. We will look at the creation of the welfare state, the demise of the British Empire, immigration and racial conflict, “Swinging London” and the 1960s, second-wave feminism, labor unrest and the decline of heavy industry, Thatcherite neo-liberal economics, and Tony Blair’s New Labour.

History 323, Empires, Wars, and Revolutions in Europe and the Americas, 1763-1838 (3 credits)
Instructor: M. Ducharme

Political, social, cultural, and intellectual transformations that reshaped the Atlantic world between 1763 and 1838; special attention will be given to the American, French, and Haitian Revolutions, the Latin American Wars of Independence and Canadian rebellions.

History 324, Inventing Canada, 1840-1896 (3 credits)
Instructor: M. Ducharme

An examination of political, cultural and national developments within the British North American colonies in the second half of the nineteenth century.  Credit will only be granted for one of HIST 324 or 326, if 326 was taken before 2007W.

History 325, Canada, 1896 to 1945: Boom, Bust and Echo (3 credits)
Instructor: N. May

Includes Aboriginal policy, immigration and national identity; Canada, Britain and the US; World Wars; economic modernization; the Great Depression; regionalism; political and social movements; and the creation of 'Canadian' culture. Credit will only be granted for one of HIST 325 or 426, if 426 was taken before 2007W.

History 326, Canada since 1945: Affluence and Anxiety in the Atomic Age (3 credits)
Instructor: L. Silver

Includes immigration policy; the welfare state; Aboriginal peoples; the Cold War; resource economies and national politics; continentalism and free trade; constitutional crises; conflicting nationalisms; and new social movements. Credit will only be granted for one of HIST 326 or 426, if 426 was taken before 2007W.

History 334, Senegambia to South Carolina, Ghana to Georgia: African-American History, 1450-1850 (3 credits)
Instructor: C. Webster

The history of African Americans from the beginnings of the African slave trade in the 15th Century through the mid-1800s and the coming of the U.S. Civil War.

History 335, From Slavery to Citizenship and Beyond: African-American History, 1850 to the Present (3 credits)
Instructor: C. Webster

The history of African-Americans from the Civil War and emancipation through the present. Topics include the "Jim Crow" system; the Harlem Renaissance; the Civil Rights Movement; and the current economic and political status of Americans of African ancestry.

History 339, The United States Since 1945: The Limits of Power (3 credits)
Instructor: L. Paris

American military and geo-political power during and after Cold War; wars in Korea, Vietnam, and Middle East; domestic issues including McCarthyism, social movements (blacks, women, youth, gays and lesbians, and Native Americans), consumerism, immigration, and rise of New Right.

History 340, Histories of the American West (3 credits)
Instructor: C. Thrush

The American West
It goes without saying that the “westering” experience and the notion of the “frontier” have been central to national, community, and individual self-fashioning in the United States since before the nation even existed. In this course, we look at the ways in which diverse peoples have engaged with each other and with the landscape of the American West, with a focus on the late nineteenth century and the twentiethand twenty-first centuries. We take as our premise the knowledge that the “frontier” has never “closed” (and may never have existed). Topics to be included range from Indigeneity to nuclearism, from gendered constructions of space and place to race and white supremacy, and we will pay special attention to the popular culture of/in “the West” – a place that may or may not exist.

History 352, Modern Middle East (3 credits)
Instructor: P. Unwalla

This course introduces students to the history, politics and culture of the modern Middle East. At a fundamental level, the course aims to facilitate the adoption of an informed, critical approach to the study of the Middle East’s past and present. While there will be much discussion of war, conflict, and political developments, we will also engage with social, cultural and intellectual trends, looking to everyday life and common people in addition to major political events and personas.

Throughout the course, students will debate and interrogate popular historical and contemporary representations of the region and its populations. We will seek to understand the impact of these representations in spurring conflict, colonial endeavors, resistance, and false dichotomies between ‘us’ and ‘them.’ On this last note, we will all critically reflect on our own past and present visions of the Middle East and our role in perpetuating positive and negative ‘images’ of the region and its peoples.

History 353, Middle East Special Topics (3 credits)
Instructor: TBA

An in-depth study of one major topic in the ancient and/or modern history of the Middle East. Please consult the Department webpage for current offerings.

History 354, The Ottoman Empire (3 credits)
Instructor: A. Merali

The rise and fall of the Ottoman empire; themes include Islamic law, politics, art, culture, gender relations, and the influence of religion on statecraft

History 356, Twentieth Century Germany (3 credits)
Instructor: B. Bryce

This course explores the history of Germany in the twentieth century, focusing on the transformation of different political and economic regimes on an evolving territory. It aims to strengthen students’ knowledge of topics such as nationalism, gender, social structures, wartime experience, genocide, and political ideologies.

History 357, History of Mexico (3 credits)
Instructor: M. Munoz

Examines themes in the last five hundred years of Mexican history, with an emphasis on the critical reading of primary sources and the use of a variety of texts that may include letters, diaries, paintings, photographs, novels, and movies.

History 358, State and Society in 20th Century Cuba (3 credits)
Instructor: M. Munoz

The history and historiography of 20th century Cuba, with particular attention to changing state structures and their impact on everyday life.

History 363, Europe in the Early Middle Ages (3 credits)
Instructor: J. Timmerman

A survey of the transformation and development of institutions and ideas in Europe from about 400 through about 1000 CE.

History 365, Europe during the Renaissance (3 credits)
Instructor: J. Christopoulos

This course will explore European society and culture from the fifteenth to the early seventeenth century, an exciting and turbulent time often referred to as the ‘Renaissance.’ The term means ‘rebirth’ and immediately brings to mind bursts of creativity and advances in knowledge, influenced by the recovery of ancient culture and wisdom, religious reform and the European discovery and colonisation of the ‘New World.’ Throughout the semester, we will examine new models and innovations in literature, education, the arts, and sciences, within the contexts of social, economic and political transformations, as well as in relation to the beginnings of European overseas empires. We will study the works and worlds of famous princes, philosophers, artists and explorers, and examine the lives of ordinary individuals and marginalised groups, such as the working-poor, the sick, prostitutes, pirates, slaves, Jews, Muslims, heretics and witches, and displaced and decimated indigenous populations. In this course, we will see that the Renaissance was a dynamic and fascinating time but that it was also one of great contradictions: endlessly beautiful art and inspiring philosophy stand side by side with terrible struggles and atrocities. While we learn about the societies and cultures of Europe during these centuries, we will also critically reflect on the use of the term ‘Renaissance’ to give this period of time meaning: how does the term shape our assumptions of European history in this period? Also, how has that history been used and represented in our own popular culture?

History 367, Europe in Enlightenment (3 credits)
Instructor: C. Matheson

Europe during the age of the Enlightenment, from the end of the religious wars to the French Revolution, with emphasis on political, social, cultural, and intellectual changes in their global context.

History 369, Europe 1900-1950 (3 credits)
Instructor: M. Lanthier

This course is an intermediate-level survey examining the cataclysmic changes in European politics, society, and culture in the first half of the twentieth century. We will consider the many, often violent, transformations that took place in Europe from the 1890s to 1950. Perhaps most importantly, industrialization created dynamic class-based societies in which the majority of “ordinary” women and men lived in increasingly urban environments. Industrial society also gave rise to cultural experiments, novel lifestyles and innovative ideals, all of which led to often bitter controversies. At the same time, unprecedented political ambitions were unleashed in a climate of mass mobilization, fueling a host of wildly different political movements including radical nationalism, fascism, socialism, and liberal democracy. Faced with so many dramatic changes in such a short period of time, people often believed that they had entered a unique historical age: “modern times.” We will see that the search for “modernity” stimulated creative energies, but also led to domestic and international conflicts culminating in brutal dictatorships and global conflagration.

History 370, Europe Since 1950 (3 credits)
Instructor: M. Lanthier

This course will explore these diverse attempts to reconstruct a divided Europe after 1945 and chart a new course for countries that had recently dominated the globe. We will focus on the two very different political and economic systems that existed on either side of the Iron Curtain until the revolutions of 1989. We will also look at how Europeans transformed their countries into modern welfare states while attempting, however tentatively, to transcend the very concept of the traditional Western nation-state.

History 373, History of Hong Kong (3 credits)
Instructor: L. Shin

(Cross-listed with ASIA 373; students to register in ASIA 373) This course explores the history, culture, and identities of Hong Kong from the port's pre-colonial settings in the early nineteenth century to its post-colonial contexts. Its goals are to help students develop the language and tools to understand the metamorphoses of this most unusual metropolis as well as to further their skills in historical analysis. This course encourages students to critically consider Hong Kong's multifaceted identities as well as to take into account the local, national, and transnational (not to mention international) contexts of its spectacular transformations.  Equivalency: ASIA 373.  

HIST 378, History of Early China (3 credits)

Instructor: S.F. Yin

This course explores the history of China from its origins until the thirteenth century. In terms of methodology, it introduces the crafts and toolkits by which historians understand the past—from source criticism to data visualization, from archaeological sciences to art historical analysis, as well as other methods. In terms of content, it helps us to understand Chinese cultures and societies through both wellstudied and previously unknown materials. We shall divine with animal bones, dream with butterflies, retreat with elephants, build an empire/khanate from scratch, follow female commanders onto battlefields, and participate in voting and even the full-scale referendum. The course is open to all students, and no previous background in history or the Chinese language is required or expected. Equivalency: ASIA 320.

History 380A, The Making of Modern China: Nationalism, War, and Revolution (6 credits)
Instructor: R. Hua

The history of China from 1800 to the present including the decline of the Qing empire, the rise of modern nationalism, foreign invasion, and China's multiple revolutions. Equivalency: ASIA 380

History 381, Imperialism and Nationalism in Southeast Asia (6 credits)
Instructor: E. Liao

The history of European imperial rule, the forms of resistance to it, and the formation of nationalist movements in Southeast Asia. The countries studied include Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Burma, and Thailand.

History 382, Post-Colonial Southeast Asia (3 credits)
Instructor: A. Murphy

The history of the Japanese occupation, wars of independence, international relations of the independent nation-states, and internal armed conflicts. Special attention will be paid to the wars in Vietnam, Indonesia, and East Timor.

History 383, Foundation of Sikh Traditions (3 credits)
Instructor: A. Murphy

This class provides an introduction to the Sikh tradition, within the historical contexts of its formation. As a result, the class is not only about the Sikhs but also about a good many other things: other religious traditions in South Asia and the idea of “religion” itself, and the early modern period in South Asia more generally. The goal of the class is to provide a basic understanding of the historical formations of Sikh tradition, Sikh thought and practice, and how Sikh traditions relate to a larger world.

History 385, India from Raj to Republic (3 credits)
Instructor: A. Murphy

Exploration of the rise of the East India Company as territorial power, the formation of a colonial society in India, competing responses to British rule, the struggle for independence, and the legacies of partition. Special attention will be paid to cultural transformations of this period, and the multiple ways in which the idea of the “nation” was imagined.

History 386A, Korean Since 1860 (3 credits)
Instructor: A. Agov

An examination of the political, economic, social, and cultural transformations of Korea since the late nineteenth century. Topics include the end of the Choson Dynasty, the history of Japanese colonial rule, the Korean war, and the two Koreas in the international system.

History 388, India in the Early Modern World: Mughals, Merchants, and Marauders (3 credits)
Instructor: T. Mayer

History of India during the period of Mughal rule (roughly 1500-1750). Studies the role of India and the Mughals within the global dynamics of the early modern world.

History 391, Human Rights in World History (3 credits)
Instructor: J. Roosa

Changing ideas about humanity and rights. Considers the relationship between human rights and the nation-state, imperialism, and capitalism. Assesses the efforts to end large-scale human rights violations and the role of the United Nations.

History 393, Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science (3 credits)
Instructor: A. Kojevnikov

An examination of historical, conceptual, and methodological conditions of scientific knowledge through detailed consideration of important episodes in the history of science. Equivalency: PHIL 360.

HIST 394, Darwin, Evolution, and Modern History (3 credits)
Instructor: J. Beatty

Darwin and the science of evolution in nineteenth and early twentieth century.
Equivalency: PHIL 364.
History 396, Environmental History of North America (3 credits)
Instructor: H. John

Overview of land use and environmental change in Canada and the United States; examines ideas and practices that shaped indigenous and non-indigenous resource exploitation, management, and activism to the end of the twentieth century.

History 399A, Theory and Practice of History (3 credits)
Instructor: D. Morton

Approaches to the history of historical inquiry, with particular attention to theoretical and methodo-logical debates among historians. Recommended for history majors. Not open to Department of History honours students.

History 402A, Problems in International Relations (3 credits)
Instructor: J. Byrne

History of Postcolonial International Affairs

Description: TBA.

History 402G, Problems in International Relations (3 credits)
Instructor: J. Byrne

History of Irish Republicanism

Description: TBA.

History 404, World War I (3 credits)
Instructor: D. Borys

WWI as a global war; cultural history and legacy; impact of imperialism on the war; military technology.

History 413, Imagining the Nation: 19th- and 20th-Century Canada (3 credits)
Instructor: M. Ducharme

The political and intellectual history of the concept of the nation in French and English Canada, and the different forms of nationalism it inspired from the middle of the nineteenth century to the 21st century.

History 414, Constitutions in Canadian History (3 credits)
Instructor: B. Miller

(Cross-listed with CDST 350) European precedents, Colonial self-government, Canadian Confederation,
and issues such as gay rights, abortion, and First Nations land rights.

History 418, The 1960s in Global Perspective (3 credits)
Instructors: T. Myers

The history of the 1960s from a transnational perspective: culture, social change, student activism, and global conflict.

History 419, Crime and Punishment in Canadian History (3 credits)
Instructors: B. Miller

The relationship between law and society; the development of legal institutions and the evolving character of crime in Canada.

History 420D, Topics in Canadian History (3 credits)
Instructors: L. Ishiguro

High and Dry: Drugs in Canadian History
How can studying the past help us to understand drugs and their place in Canada today, from the recent legalization of cannabis to the current opioid crisis to the idea of "Dry January" and beyond? This question drives HIST 420, which examines the history of drugs in Canada since 1867. Focusing on a wide range of drugs - alcohol, amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine, LSD, opium, oral contraception, tobacco, and more! - we will explore the social, cultural, political, and legal histories of such drugs, the people who have used them, and their changing meanings, regulation, and (de)criminalization over time in northern North America. Major themes will include the relationship between ideas about drugs, identity, the law, and policing; changing understandings of use, treatment, and addiction; and tensions between personal experiences, social meanings, popular culture, and medical, legal, and political approaches to different drugs. In addition to lectures, discussions, activities, and assignments, the course places a particular emphasis on learning through historical film, from drama, comedy, and documentary to media coverage and raw historical footage.

History 425, War and Society (6 credits)
Instructor: D. Gossen

Continuity and change in the relations of war and society, the connections between the economy, society, the military, and government in peacetime as well as war; not a course in military history.

History 432, International Relations in the 20th Century (6 credits)
Instructors: M. Lanthier (T1); H. Tworek (T2)

History of international relations from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.  Questions of war, peace, balance of power, and the evolution of the international system in global economic cultural, and social contexts.

History 440, Health in the Modern West (6 credits)
Instructors: R. Brain

Changing conditions of health in Europe and North America from the beginning of the modern mortality decline to the recent past.

History 441, History of the Holocaust (3 credits)
Instructor: R. Menkis

In this course we examine the attempt to destroy European Jewry during the Nazi regime. We survey the major steps in the emergence of the "Final Solution," and examine the reactions of the victims as well as the role of the bystanders. We will focus on the historiographic issues related to research in the Holocaust. These issues include: the changing interpretations of the motivations of the perpetrators; the behaviours of the victims, both in the camps and outside; the use of evidence, including the testimonies of survivors; the cultural contexts of changing interpretations and representations of the Holocaust.

History 460, Revolution and Resistance in the Third World (3 credits)
Instructor: J. Byrne

Revolutionary movements in the Third World during the second half of the twentieth century; the radicalisation of anticolonial nationalism; the impact of anticolonial radicalism in the developed world; the decline of Marxism as a revolutionary inspiration.

History 464, First Contacts in the Pacific (3 credits)
Instructor: C. Thrush

This course has three major components. First, we will examine contacts between and among diverse peoples in many of the places that came to be known as “the Pacific World”: Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, the Northwest Coast, and elsewhere, focusing mostly on the 17th to 19th centuries (but reaching back to the first peopling of these territories). Second, we will explore the challenges – theoretical, moral, methodological, and beyond – of cultural encounter. Third, we will make connections between early contacts the present day, thinking critically about the legacies of events that are not really in the past at all.

History 475, Documenting Punjabi Canada (3 credits)
Instructor: A. Murphy

This class explores the history of the Punjabi Canadian community through traditional text-based methods and oral history collection (in English or Punjabi, in sound and/or video).

History 478, Medieval Portraits and Personalities (3 credits)
Instructor: C. Booker

The lives of leading and controversial figures in the Middle Ages and the means by which they have portrayed themselves and been portrayed by others.

History 479A, Cultural History of Imperial China (3 credits)
Instructor: S.F. Yin

What is cultural history? How can cultural historical approaches transform our understandings of our lives and our world? How can we do cultural history ourselves? This course approaches these questions with a focus on “China.” We shall start by reminding ourselves of some stereotypical visions about traditional Chinese culture. Then, each week, we will explore a particular approach, with a focus on a specific kind of sources. We ask ourselves: How have cultural historical approaches, as developed globally in recent decades, offered a new picture about “China”? How can ideas from the Chinese past, as we shall survey, enrich our practices of cultural history for the future? The course is open to all students, and no previous background in history or the Chinese language is required or expected. Credit will be granted for only one of HIST 479 or ASIA 440.

History 483, Asian Migrations to the Americas (3 credits)
Instructor: H. Yu

Examines both the historical and contemporary contexts for migration from Asia to Canada and the Americas.

History 403A, Seminar in International Relations (3 credits)
Instructor: M. Lanthier

The Origins of the First World War

World War I is still usually thought of as one of the great turning points of world history: according to the traditional narrative, the conflict marked the bloody, brutal birth of the twentieth century, ushering in an era of dictatorship and total war. Not surprisingly, then, the war itself, as well as its causes and ramifications, continue to fascinate both professional and armchair historians.

In this course, we will study the continuing debates over the origins of the Great War. The one fundamental question we will keep returning to seems deceptively simple: why, after a century of relative peace, did a general war break out in Europe during the

summer of 1914? However, even 107 years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, historians cannot agree on an answer, and the ongoing scholarly debate will not end anytime soon. Such disagreements were once the result of patriotically motivated attempts to blame one side or the another, but they are now indicative of deep divisions within academic history itself.

We will read recent scholarly literature on the topic and dive into the diplomatic documents of the period in order to better understand both the contemporary academic debates and the mindsets of Europe’s decision-makers a century ago. While our focus will be Great Power European diplomacy during the first few years of the twentieth century, we will also use an inter-disciplinary approach to investigate the causes of war in general throughout history, using World War I as a case study.

Please note that this is not a military history course, and that we will not be looking at the war itself in any detail.

History 403C, Seminar in International Relations (3 credits)
Instructor: B. Bryce

Migration in the Americas
This course highlights the centrality of migration and cultural pluralism in the history of the Americas. It focuses on the people who migrate and on the responses of government officials, workers, politicians, and other migrant groups to new arrivals. Topics include diplomacy, government policies, gender, the construction of racial categories, and nationalism.

History 403D, Seminar in International Relations (3 credits)
Instructor: S. Lee


History 403E, Seminar in International Relations (3 credits)
Instructor: P. Unwalla

The Middle East in Graphic Novels: History, Politics and the Tragic Comic:
Once thought of as juvenile and immaterial to politics, society and culture, graphic novels are today frequently considered art forms, political satires and/or intellectual compositions fundamental to the health of our polities as well as our imaginings of past and present. This course explores graphic novels with a focus on their representation of Middle Eastern history, politics and peoples. Reading such works as Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Craig Thompson’s Habibi, Brian K. Vaughan’s Pride of Baghdad and several others, we will discuss the evolution of the medium, the fraught history of visually representing the Middle East, as well as the challenges and opportunities graphic novels present for understanding the region. On this latter note, particular attention will be paid to the contentious use of graphic novels as works of journalism, oral history, and autobiography as well as to fundamental questions on the ethics of graphically representing tragic episodes from Middle Eastern pasts. Finally, given recent events associated with cartooning (i.e. the Charlie Hebdo massacre) we will also seek to grapple with such divisive issues as Islamophobia, Orientalism, free speech, and the uses and
limits of satire.

History 403G, Seminar in International Relations (3 credits)
Instructor: J. Bryne


History 490, Seminars for History Majors (3 credits)

(HIST 490 is intended for History majors, History honours students, and students majoring in the history and philosophy of science, but students from other departments may register if they obtain the instructor's permission)

HIST 490B, Section 101
Instructor: X. Wang

Social Memory of Violence

This course examines the issues and legacies of colonialism, the Second World War, and the Vietnam War, focusing on memory studies and oral history in East and Southeast Asia. It explores how official narratives and vernacular memories of these war experiences have been constructed and interpreted, generating boundaries and ongoing power struggles between so-called perpetrators, victims, heroes, and bystanders during the post-war times.

HIST 490P, Section 101
Instructor: C. Booker



HIST 490S, Section 201
Instructor: M. Munoz

Violence, Terror and Race

This seminar examines the broad meanings as well as the physical, emotional and psychological consequences of violence and terror as they intersect with fluid constructions and meanings of race. This course will explore the multiple ways that violence and terror are conceived, imagined,     understood (individual, social, institutional, economic), and applied by a number of social,   political and ethnic/racial sectors and actors.

HIST 490T, Section 201
Instructor: TBA



HIST 490Y, Sections 101
Instructor: J. Christopoulos

Early Modern Mediterranean

This seminar will explore topics and debates in early modern Mediterranean history, 1450-1750. Historically and in current affairs, the Mediterranean is often portrayed as a ‘borderland’ or ‘frontier’ separating vastly different cultures and peoples: the Christian and Muslim worlds; Europe, Asia and Africa. Historians, however, have shown that the Mediterranean has always been a space of exchange and entanglement, a “liquid continent” where societies and cultures met, overlapped and co-exited, sometimes peacefully, sometimes violently, since ancient times. In the early modern period, the cultural, religious, linguistic and physical borders between Mediterranean societies were permeable and ill-defined: many people participated in several cultures and religions over the course of their lives, and thus embodied complex identities. In this seminar, we will explore the thoughts, beliefs, conditions of existence and life experiences of the women and men who crossed the Mediterranean and lived on its shores.  Our focus will be on the movement, both voluntary and forced, of individuals across the Mediterranean world, and the encounters and entanglements these produced. We will also consider questions of scale and perspective. Should the Mediterranean be studied as a coherent unit or be studied in parts? How do our understandings of the Mediterranean as a site of historical analysis change when examined from national, religious, gender, and linguistic perspectives, or when approached from the Sea’s eastern, western, northern or southern shores? How does our image change when we move from a macro to a micro-historical perspective?

HIST 490Z, Section 201
Instructor: M. Ducharme

Democracy in Canada

This seminar examines the development of democracy in Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries. It discusses the different concepts of democracy articulated and promoted in Canada, the development of different democratic political institutions, the extension of political rights, the evolution of individual rights and freedom, the tensions between individual and collective rights, the relation between legislative and judicial powers, the advent of socio-democratic ideals and development of the welfare state as well as the relations between democracy and federalism.


History 333, 001 Third year seminar: (Full-year, September 2020 to April 2021)
Instructor: Prof. L. Paris, leslie.paris@ubc.ca

A History of History

This course, designed for all third-year History honours students, will introduce them to the evolving nature of
historical scholarship and to various genres and uses of history. We will explore for this purpose a series of studies,
some classic and others more recent, that provide models and illustrate different approaches to writing and thinking
about history. Drawing on a variety of materials, from conventional narrative histories to theoretical reflections to
sources other than written texts, we will consider history and historical methods as they have been conceived,
disseminated, and challenged over time; questions of methodology and interpretation; genre and narrative; and the
politics of memory.

HIST 433, 001 Fourth year seminar: (Full-year, September 2020 to April 2021)
Instructor: Prof. R. Brain, rbrain@mail.ubc.ca

Manifesting History: Narrative, Research, Memory

This course, which is mandatory for all fourth-year Honours students, has two primary objectives. The first is to
introduce students to some fundamental issues of historical theory and practice. We shall examine not only how
people remember, forget, and restructure the past as an ongoing part of the construction of themselves and
their worlds, but also the expression of this construct in diverse forms and genres, with their attendant possibilities
and constraints. The readings and topics will be general and not limited to any historical period or geography. The
second goal of the course is to help students conceptualize and write their honours graduating essays. To support
this objective we read about and discuss many of the practical elements of historical research, including archival
research, digital techniques, and more.

We will read a range of texts selected both for their thematical content and for their utility as models of
historical writing. In the first semester, close readings of texts will allow students to explore the “nuts and bolts” of
how writers ask historical questions, make their arguments, find and use sources, and situate their work in relation
to relevant historiographies. The second semester will focus closely on students’ own theses in progress. The focus
of these class meetings will be critical (but supportive and constructive) engagement with one another’s writing.
Course evaluations will be based on participation in discussion and various writing assignments.


History 321A, 101/421A, 101 Honours Tutorial (Term 1, September to December 2020)
Instructor: Prof. K. McCormick, kelly.mccormick@ubc.ca

History Through Images

How has photography changed the way that we understand and study past historical events? This course explores
how historians might learn to see better, how we might learn to “read” images, and how photographic images
change our relationship with the past. During the first weeks of the class, we'll read debates over the nature of sight
and the types of evidence provided by photographic images. During the following weeks we'll trace over a 150
years of the wider history of photography as it shaped a range of fields and became a powerful tool for the sciences
and medicine, colonial infrastructure, wartime propaganda, communicating the news, constructing individual and
national identities, advertising, protest, environmental activism and feminist critique around the globe. While this
curated history of photography includes the Euro-North American context, it will amplify perspectives from East
Asia, India, Africa, and Central and South America. The seminar will combine short background lectures with
active group discussions and activities, visual analysis of photographs, film viewings, and in-depth engagements
with online photography archives.

History 321B, 101/421B, 101 Honours Tutorial (Term 1, September to December 2020)
Instructor: Prof. D. Morton, david.morton@ubc.ca


Between 1945 and 1980, as most of Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia declared itself independent of foreign
rule, the citizens of new nation-states confronted a hard reality: a clean break would be impossible. In this seminar,
students will examine the different ways that people in different contexts attempted to overcome forms of
colonialism both before and after new flags were lifted over new countries. (There will be an emphasis, though not
an exclusive one, on African histories.) We will examine cultural nationalism, the contentious politics of
independence movements, the attempts of new regimes to revise or undo longstanding and unequal economic
relationships, and the everyday experiences of ordinary people as they took part in what was often an experimental
restructuring of society. In doing so, we will debate competing theories of informal imperialism and dependence,
and examine the ways that independence was imagined, including alternatives that never came to be and narratives
that were silenced. The course also functions as a workshop for the writing of a 20-25 page paper of original
research, and toward that end students will become familiar with efforts to “decolonize” literature and scholarship.

History 321D, 201/421D, 201 Honours Tutorial (Term 2, January to April 2021)
Instructor: Prof. W. French, wfrench@mail.ubc.ca

History of the Future

This course explores changing conceptions, understandings and imaginings of the future from early writings on the
apocalypse, to millenarian movements, to Enlightenment beliefs in progress, to modernist understandings of the
future, to the prospects of a future without us under the impact of global warming and climate change. Exploring
how some of those in the past, and up to the present, have imagined and engaged with the future, through such
things as writings on utopias, the mounting of exhibitions at world fairs, the construction of model capital cities,
science fiction and the writing of futurists, movies, and changes in computer and digital technology, among other
kinds of texts, provides the means for those taking the course to begin to write their own history of the future.

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