History Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions, 2020/2021

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: G. Peterson (section 002)

A survey of main developments in world history from the early 20th century to the 1990s. Topics include international relations, the emergence and impact of major political ideologies, and the dynamics of social and economic change in the developed and developing world. Specific subjects include the imperialist world order at the beginning of the century; the First World War and its impact; the emergence of communism, fascism and National Socialism; the Second World War; the struggles for national self-assertion in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America; the Cold War and its impact on the Third World; the collapse of the Soviet empire, and the end of the Cold War. The course consists of two hours of lectures and one discussion group per week. Evaluations are based on written work, examinations and participation in class discussion.

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: tba

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Section 201 of HIST 104D (Bryce):  Global Migration

This course explores the mass migration of people since 1840. Taking a global perspective, it starts with the rise of industrial and export-oriented economies and continues to contemporary issues of border regulation and refugees. Topics include work, empire, exclusion, forced migration, memory, and multiculturalism.

Section 201 of HIST 104E (Menkis):  Fascism and Antifascism as Global Movements, 1919-1939

In this course, we will explore how fascism and anti-fascism became global movements, reflecting on where, why and how they took hold. . We will study how Italian and German diplomatic officials, as well as various party officials, tried to influence German and Italians abroad and to mould public opinion about fascism and Nazism.  We will also study the variety of groups who resisted fascism, including the complex role of the USSR and the Comintern. We will evaluate how sports, film and literature became tools in spreading and resisting fascism. Among the specific events that we will examine are the Italo-Ethiopian War, the 1936 Olympics, the Spanish Civil War, the 1937 International Exposition in Paris, and the first years of the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Sections V01 and V02 of HIST 104G (Unwalla)

(Restricted to Vantage College students)

Section 101 of HIST 104H (M. Munoz):  Killer Commodities: Coffee, Sugar and Tea

This course will focus on Killer Commodities: Coffee, Sugar and Tea.  It explores the rise of these goods over time and in various places.  Beginning with their establishment as economic anchors to the political, social and cultural impact of these goods, the course explores the intersections of land access, labor, markets, distribution networks, consumption, slavery, wars, and power in the shaping of the modern world.

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

(Restricted to Vantage College students)

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: J. Hanser & S. Prange

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

Selected themes and historical approaches in European history; may include Europe's history of religious conflict, state formation, colonialism, nationalism, industrialization, revolution, total war, globalization, genocide, or environmental change.  HIST 220 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.

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: L. Paris

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. Christopoulos

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: M. Munoz

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 260, Science and Society in the Contemporary World (1) (3 credits)
Instructor: R. Brain

(Cross-listed with PHIL 260)  An introduction to the historical development, conceptual foundations, and cultural significance of contemporary science. Themes will vary from year to year.  HIST 260 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: K. McCormick

 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 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 310, The British Empire to 1850 (3 credits)
Instructor: J. Dixon

 Rise of the British imperial system within a global context from its beginnings to 1850. Focuses on economic and social themes with emphasis on settlements in the southern hemisphere as well as the West Indies.

History 313, Africa from Imperialism to Independence (3 credits)
Instructor: D. Morton

The history of Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries: the growth of Islam and Christianity, the impact of European colonialism, the development of nationalism, and the variety of different political and social outcomes after independence.

History 317, Britain, 1850 - 1918 (3 credits)
Instructor: J. Dixon

Over the course of the nineteenth century Britain became not only the world's first urbanized, industrialized, democracy but also established a global empire. Many of the issues and debates we now think of as central to the "modern world" -- the nature of mass democracy, the role of the media, new scientific understandings of nature and evolution and their impact on religious belief, new understandings of race and of sexuality and sexual identity --  were first articulated in the second half of that century. The course emphasizes the complex ways that race and ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality shaped political and social change, as well as the extent to which they were themselves reshaped.

History 319, Britain since 1945 (3 credits)
Instructor: L. Silver

Survey of recent British history, with emphasis on de-colonization, emergence of the welfare state, new social movements and patterns of immigration, and Britain's changing relationship with Europe.

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: B. Miller

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: T. Loo

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 341, Medieval Jewish History (3 credits)
Instructor: R. Menkis

A survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the Jews from the time of the Christianization of the Roman Empire to the expulsion of professing Jews from Spain and Portugal at the end of the fifteenth century.

History 346, History of Modern France (3 credits)
Instructor: M. Lanthier

This survey will examine the course of French history over the past 200 years.  We will look at the political, social, economic and cultural developments of the period, which was filled with drama and tumult.  France’s modern history is unique in the Western world, with the country functioning as a political laboratory of sorts.  Revolution followed revolution and the regimes were constantly changing: absolute monarchy, republic, empire, constitutional monarchy, republic (2nd time), empire (2nd time), republic (3rd time), proto-fascist dictatorship, and finally republic (numbers 4 and 5).  These changes make France an exciting case study for anyone interested in fundamental questions regarding politics, democracy and the rights of the individual.  Political upheaval went hand-in-hand with numerous wars, from European conquest under Napoleon to brutal colonial struggles, all of which of course affected the course of events in the country.  Although economic and social changes were not as dramatic, they are equally important in the long run, having helped to shape modern France as it exists today.  The last thirty years, while superficially less dramatic than what preceded them, have seen France grapple with economic crises, the thorny issue of immigration and the country’s incorporation into the European Union as it seeks a new role for itself in the 21st century.  The examination of these developments will allow students to better appreciate and understand modern France as it exists today.  The study of French history explains why modern France is, in many ways, different from its neighbours.  Vive la différence!

History 350, The Soviet Union (3 credits)
Instructor: A. Kojevnikov

Political, social, and cultural history of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet successor states from 1900 to the present.

History 351, East Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries (3 credits)
Instructor: E. Glassheim

Covers the region between Germany and Russia as well as Southeast Europe. Emphasis on comparisons with Western Europe and features that make the area significant to Europe as a whole.

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 356, Twentieth Century Germany (3 credits)
Instructor: E. Glassheim

 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: W. French

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, Society 20th Century Cuba (3 credits)
Instructor: M. Munoz

The course will explore the long 20th century in Cuba.  From the early struggles for independence (1860s), to the formative first half of the 20th century, to the 1959 Revolution and its aftermath, it traces the economic, social, political and cultural threads that have shaped modern Cuba.

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 366, Europe during the Reformation (3 credits)
Instructor: J. Christopoulos

This course will explore the revolutionary changes in European society and culture brought on by the religious reformations of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We will study the lives, thoughts and initiatives of important Protestant and Catholic reformers, the creation of new ecclesiastical institutions, and examine the everyday religious experiences of ordinary people (how they contributed to and/or resisted reform). We will approach ‘Reformation’ as a religious phenomenon but one that was inseparable from broader social, cultural, political and economic transformations. How did Martin Luther or John Calvin’s theology impact state diplomacy, local communities and individuals? Why did the Spanish and Italian Inquisitions exist and what did they do, in theory and in practice? What impact did religious reform have on issues of gender, class and race? What/who was a ‘saint’, a ‘heretic’, a ‘witch’, and what did they do? What role did art, music, and material culture play in religious devotion? As we investigate these and other questions, we will take a cross-cultural and global perspective: what role did Jewish and Muslim communities play in Christian reform movements, and how were these communities affected by reform? What role did religion play in European imperialist ambitions, and how was Christianity transformed by interactions with the peoples and faiths of the Americas, Asia and Africa? Throughout the course, we will ask what did ‘Reformation’ mean in the early modern period, and critically reflect on how its histories have been written.

History 368, Europe in the 19th Century (3 credits)
Instructor: C. Matheson

This course explores the seismic and continuing impact of nineteenth-century European history, focusing on key events and ideas that unleashed transformative change both in Europe and across the world. Moving from the French Revolution to the era preceding World War 1, we will examine the profound transformations in Europe’s political, economic, social, and cultural life which ultimately became determinative – including  challenges against regimes of power, the quest for representative government, and the emergence of influential political ideas – and also consequential, from the meteoric rise of mechanized economies and urbanization to globalized imperialism and jingoistic nationalism, all contributing to the cataclysm that drew the world into twentieth-century war. Throughout the course we will work with a trove of primary sources, ranging from texts to imagery and produced by a variety of people across Europe’s many regions, in order to better grasp the synchronicity and differences characterizing their lived experience during a truly momentous time.

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

This course is an intermediate-level survey examining the many, often violent, transformations that occurred in European politics, society, and culture between the 1890s and 1950.  We will start with the spread of industry and the growth of urban centres, and explore how these phenomena gave rise to artistic experimentation and novel lifestyles, all of which led to often bitter conflicts between progressives and conservatives.  We will study how a host of political ideologies won adherents during the troubled 1920s and the chaotic 1930s; while we will naturally focus on Communist totalitarianism and various versions of fascism, we will also see how representative democracy attempted to defend and reinvent itself in many different, often dangerous, national contexts.  Finally, we will of course spend a great deal of time on the two global conflicts that killed millions, changed borders, reinvented the relationship between the citizen and the state, and brought an end to Europe’s domination of the world.

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

Europe since the middle of the twentieth century. Themes include the Cold War, the development of separate social and political systems in Western and Eastern Europe, the emergence of the welfare state, and the problems of European integration.

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 376A, Modern Japanese History Since 1800 (3 credits)

Instructor: K. McCormick

The building of a modern state, its crisis in the 1930s, and its postwar recovery; topics include business institutions, politics, imperialism, intellectual syncretism, social change, and Japan's growing influence in the world.

History 380C, The Making of Modern China: Nationalism, War, and Revolution (6 credits)
Instructor: G. Peterson

This course explores changes in institutions and ideas in China from the late imperial period (circa 1600) to the present. Approaches are thematic, by periods, and by problems. This course is open to all students; no previous background in Chinese history is required or expected. Equivalency: ASIA 380

History 382, Post-Colonial Southeast Asia (3 credits)
Instructor: E. Liao

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 385, India from Raj to Republic (3 credits)
Instructor: T. Mayer

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.

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 396, Environmental History of North America (3 credits)
Instructor: N. May

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

Selected topics such as trade, migration, diplomacy, war, migration, colonialism, and post- colonialism. Priority for registration to majors in History or International Relations.

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

Ireland in World History

Selected topics such as trade, migration, diplomacy, war, migration, colonialism, and post- colonialism. Priority for registration to majors in History or International Relations.

History 405, Diplomacy & Conflict in Middle East 1914 to the Present (3 credits)
Instructor: D. Gossen

This core focus of this course is on the history of diplomacy and conflict in the Middle East over the past century.  After briefly assessing social and political transformations in the Ottoman Empire prior to World War I, the course concentrates on causes and consequences of conflict in the Middle East since 1914.  This includes social, economic and cultural developments, and the interplay of domestic and foreign agents of change.

History 406, World War II (3 credits)
Instructor: D. Borys

Precursors and consequences of the war; military, political, cultural, social, and economic histories of how the war shaped and reflected its global context. Themes include totalitarianism, genocide, and imperialism and decolonization.
Prerequisite: Recommended: 3 credits of any HIST course.

History 408, U.S. Foreign Relations from Independence to World War II (3 credits)
Instructor: J. Wang

Over a span of less than two hundred years, the United States transformed itself from a barely liberated former British colony to a global superpower.  How and why did the American rise to power happen, and what kind of nation did the United States become as a result?  We will consider these questions by examining American conceptions of power and purpose, along with the changing status of the United States within the international system, from the early national period to World War II.  Topics include the intertwined relationships between U.S. foreign relations, warfare, and American identity, the role of expansionism in the making of the U.S. nation, imperialism and American power amid the competing empires on the North American continent, the centrality of race to both the “empire of settlement” and America’s overseas empire in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the place of nationalism and internationalism in U.S. foreign policy, and the broader economic and cultural dimensions of U.S. international history.

History 409, U.S. Foreign Relations since 1945 (3 credits)
Instructor: D. Gossen

This course covers a wide range of topics on American foreign policy from 1945 to the present, including political, economic, cultural and social issues relating to foreign policy making.  It covers the emergence of the US as a global superpower in 1945, its policy adjustments as the world shifts from a bipolar to multipolar international order, and the challenges posed to US dominance in the post-cold war ear. 

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

(Cross-listed with CDST 350) 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 21th century.

History 415A, History of Vancouver (3 credits)
Instructors: M. Longstaffe

In History 415, we will examine selected themes in the history of Vancouver to explore how the study of the past illuminates or explains major debates in the city today. We will examine the making of the city of Vancouver on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories, with a focus on the late nineteenth century to the present. We will consider a wide range of historical topics and events as context for understanding various current debates. These may include issues related to settler colonialism; real estate speculation and immigration; poverty and gentrification; race, gender, sexuality, and violence; industry, corporate development, and city planning; the politics of recreational drugs and leisure in the “No Fun City”; and urban environmental change. Through our study, we will reflect on connections between the past and the present, and assess what is at stake in how we interpret and tell the history of this city today.

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: A. Sens (POLI)

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: J. Wang (T1); L. Silver (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 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 450, Selected Topics, Latin America (3 credits)
Instructor: W. French

The Beautiful Game? A Soccer History of Latin America

Soccer generates powerful emotions and stories. The course uses soccer as a lens through which to interpret various aspects of the past and present in Latin America. Its interest is in such themes as the relationship between soccer and national imagining, and the role of soccer in constituting various identities, including those of race, class, and gender, and of local, regional, and national belonging. The course focuses on the sport’s role not only in responding to but also initiating changes in Latin America from the late nineteenth century to the present. It explores the relationship between soccer and political protest and the development of women’s soccer in the face of formidable obstacles to doing so.

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 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 485, Asian Migrant/Vancouver (3 credits)
Instructor: H. Yu

 This course will examine the history of Asian migration to Vancouver and British Columbia, focusing on the development of local communities and provide a background in historical research methods that will enable the students to conduct research on the history of these communities.

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

The Origins of the First World War

World War I was one the great turning points of world history: the bloody, brutal birth of the 20th century, it was a watershed moment that gave birth to an era of imperial collapse and total war.  The war itself, as well as its causes and ramifications, continue to fascinate both professional and armchair historians.

In this course, we will try to understand why the Great Powers of Europe went to war against each other in 1914.  Over a hundred years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, this apparently simple question still cannot be answered in a completely satisfactory fashion.  Scholarly disagreements over this question were once the result of patriotically-motivated attempts to blame one side or the other, but they are now indicative of deep divisions within academic history itself.

Looking at primary sources, we will examine the diplomatic, military, economic, and social causes of the war that have often been pointed to.  But we will also study a century’s worth of historical interpretations to see what these tell us about the Great War and about the world it helped shape.

History 403D, Seminar in International Relations (3 credits)
Instructor: B. Miller

International Law in Canadian History

This seminar will explore how international law has shaped Canada from the colonial period to the twentieth century. Topics include Indigenous-settler relations, the law of war, environmental conservation, and Canadian-American relations.

History 403E, Seminar in International Relations (3 credits)
Instructor: D. Gossen

The History of War Strategy from Ancient to Modern Times:

In this course, students critically analyze the evolution of military strategy around the world, its relationship to technology, politics, and culture, and its impact on warfare throughout history.  We will analyze both primary and secondary sources covering strategy from ancient to modern times, with an emphasis on how strategists used history as a guide in dealing with their own security dilemmas.  As a capstone research course in International Relations, this seminar requires students to conduct a research project culminating in a 5000 word paper.  Please note that this is a reading-intensive seminar course.

History 403F, 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. Byrne

Modern North Africa

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History 403J, 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 403K, Seminar in International Relations (3 credits)
Instructor: L. Silver

The Global Construction of Race

This seminar examines the formation of racial ideas and the ways in which they have led to marginalization, violence, and incarceration around the world. It will draw on examples from North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa.

History 403L, Seminar in the History of International Relations (3 credits)
Instructor: A. Kojevnikov

International communist movement and its legacies

The seminar explores the international role of communist movements during the twentieth century, their ambitious or utopian goals and more modest, but impressive accomplishments. Particular attention will be paid to the following topics: the opposition to WWI and the principle of self-determination, communist internationalism and the rise of anti-imperialist movements, women’s equality project, ethnic minorities rights and affirmative action, government regulation and planning, public health care and higher education, labour movement and workers’ rights, military confrontation with international fascism and WWII, international peace movement, decolonization in Asia and Africa, the struggle against racism and segregation in the US and South Africa, communist sects (Anarchism, Stalinism, Trotskyism, Maoism, Eurocommunism), the fall of communist parties in Eastern Europe and their continuing influence in Asia.

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 201
Instructor: J. Timmermann

Uses of the Past and the Perception of 'Golden Ages'

Recent movements calling to “make America great again,” to restore Britain’s national sovereignty and former glory, and to recreate the original cultural conditions of early Islam by groups like ISIS have vividly demonstrated just how effective and malleable conceptions of the past can be for catalyzing action and thought in the present. This course will examine various earlier attempts—from ancient up to modern times—to harness and appropriate the intellectual and material resources of perceived “golden ages” and the famous figures associated with them. We will also, necessarily, consider the particular contexts, and consequences, of these uses of the past. Cases will include, among others, the Roman takeover of Hellenistic culture; conceptions of the Roman Empire and “ancient Christianity” in the time of Charlemagne; representations of Charlemagne and his early medieval world in the later medieval and early modern periods; the quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns in early modern France and England; and the use of Roman and medieval history in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. Together, these uses of the past form an important part of the long history of political ideology and trans-temporal discourse in the West across two millennia.

HIST 490R, 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, Sections 201
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 490W Section 201
Instructor: E. Glassheim

History of Emotions

This seminar will explore the growing field of the history of emotions, with a particular focus on fear, nostalgia, and affective ties to place. With case studies ranging from emotional upheavals of the French Revolution to Cold War nuclear anxieties to disorientation following the flooding of BC’s Arrow Lakes, we’ll consider both how and why historians (and others) have examined the history of emotions.

HIST 490Y, Section 101
Instructor: R. Menkis

Canada and the Third Reich

In this course we will examine Canadian reactions to Nazi Germany from the time of Hitler’s rise to power until the end of the Second World War, with some attention also paid to Canadian reactions to the immediate postwar period. We will examine the interactions between state actors by examining foreign policy before the war, and government attitudes to postwar trials of Nazi war criminals. , Much of the focus, however, will be on non-state actors, on how pro-Nazi and anti-Nazi groups mounted lobbying efforts before the outbreak of war (focussing on the topics of economic boycotts, the 1936 Olympics and the Spanish Civil War),  and  on the attitudes of Canadian soldiers and the Canadian public to Nazi Germany at the end of the war.

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