CANADIAN HISTORY: PRE-CONFEDERATION


COURSE DESCRIPTION

History 111 is designed as an introduction to Canadian History from pre-contact to the founding of the Dominion. The focus will upon exploring such relationships as those between Europeans and native peoples; between the French and the English; between men and women; between England and its colonies; and between British North America and the new nation of the United States. We will be looking for connections between the past and the present. To what extent, we will ask, are present institutions, problems, and patterns embedded within a history that stretches back to the mid-nineteenth century and beyond? We will also, however, be interested in approaching pre-Confederation Canada as a "foreign country," a distant foil that might help us better to question that which we accept as natural in our own world. Instruction will combine a mixture of lecture presentation, class discussion, reading, student research, and video.