HISTORY 196 - First-Year Seminar
Section: 003 US/Canadian Relations
Term: FA 2007
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This seminar will explore the historical forces that have given shape to the evolving and important relationship that exists between Canada and the United States today. Dating back to the 1530s and the advent of the fur trade in North America, the movement of goods, capital, people, armies, and even the border itself have all played pivotal roles in shaping and defining the kind of relationship that exists between these two countries. In particular, this course will examine the ways in which the rise and fall of empires in North America, and their attendant issues, have influenced the economic, cultural, political, and military relations between these two states. It will be through the discussion of these ideas and issues that this class will study the meaning and context of U.S.-Canadian relations from the era of the fur trade through the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994. Beyond the historical development of U.S.-Canadian relations, the course also will examine the ways that historians consider the political and economic consequences of trade, dependency, and globalization.

Required readings for the course may be purchased at Shaman Drum Bookshop, 313 S. State, and are on reserve at the Shapiro Undergraduate Library:

  • John Herd Thompson and Stephen J. Randall, Canada and the United States: Ambivalent Allies
  • Colin G. Calloway, The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America
  • Hugh MacLennan, Barometer Rising
  • George Grant, Lament for a Nation: The Defeat of Canadian Nationalism
  • Steven High, Industrial Sunset: The Making of North America’s Rust Belt, 1969-1984
  • Course pack (available at Dollar Bill Copying, 611 Church Street)
  • Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History

HISTORY 196 - First-Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
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M 10:00AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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