HISTORY 276 - History of Canada
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is designed to provide an overview of major themes in Canadian history and to place the country’s experience in comparative context. Lectures held twice weekly will address several broad themes in the country’s development. The Canadian story has never been the history of single people realizing its national ambitions through revolution or civil war. Instead it is a story of adjustment, accommodation and transformation: of indigenous societies to French and English empires; of French colonists, British newcomers, and American refugees to one another, in what remained of British North America after 1783; of a quasi-independent transcontinental state between 1840 and 1940; and a modernizing, open society since. Today, Canada is an extraordinary blend of world cultures, a global cultural diversity unheralded before the 1930s, now embraced in the context of activist bilingual state. This social experiment is occurring in the midst of a French-English détente that seems constantly on the verge of breaking down.

The grade will be based on a midterm, a short research essay (10 to 12 pages), a participation component, and a final exam. The essay will involve research on a topic of interest in Canadian History. Students should look over the readings, and think ahead if their interests are in the modern period, to develop a research topic. A proposal outlining the area of interest must be presented after the mid-term. The proposal should include a brief statement of the research question, and list at least six potential sources that can be used to write the paper. This will provide a baseline for further defining the topic and identifying more sources.

HISTORY 276 - History of Canada
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001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0195423496
A history of the Canadian peoples, Author: J.M. Bumsted., Publisher: Oxford University Press 3rd ed. 2007
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