Specialization - Survival: Canada in Global Environmental History

HIST 2166  Survival: Canada in Global Environmental History


Six credits of History at the 1000 level or 24 credits completed.


HIST 2275, HIST 3275, HIST 3277


Three hours of lecture per week for one term.




While historians have traditionally ignored it, nature is a player in history, setting out the possible means of survival available to any particular time and culture. Students will consider ways in which peoples in northern North America have shaped nature in order to ensure their survival, and ways in which nature has shaped the variety of societies existing in this place since the last ice age. The global history of key human-nature interactions -- from hunting, fishing, and farming to industrialization -- and their development in the northern North American context, will be considered. Students will gain an understanding of the fundamental environmental bases of Canadian and global history.

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