Certificate in the Study of Societies in Transition: Reciprocity, Relationship, and Reconciliation Histories - The Idea of Canada

HIST 1506  The Idea of Canada


Hist 1405; Hist 1406; Hist 1407


Two hours of lecture and one hour of seminar per week.




In this introduction to Canadian history students learn the multiple legacies, but particularly settler colonialism, capitalism, and democracy, of British rule in northern Turtle Island (North America). Students learn how British colonizers selectively drew on, built on, exploited and worked to destroy what preceded the start of their rule in the mid-1700s: the environment, Indigenous nations, and existing colonial settlements. Much of the idea of Canada today derives from this effort and incorporates its contradictions.

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