Courses

The following list of courses should not be taken as definitive, and not all courses are available in any given academic year. Always check with departments to determine which courses are being offered.

Courses sponsored by the Gregg Centre and academic support is offered at the Bachelors, Masters and PhD level. The Gregg Centre also provides funding for research and conference travel.

Core Undergraduate Courses

HIST 1002 The World Since 1945

Examines major themes in global history since the end of the Second World War.  Topics to be examined include the origins, evolution, and end of the Cold War; the emergence of new nations in Africa and Asia; comparative social change; cultural revolutions and the status of women; and recent responses to globalization and armed conflict.

HIST 1004 War in the Modern World

Analyzes the history of a current conflict by exploring the domestic and international contexts and options for ending the conflict. Combines lectures, discussion and simulations, to examine the role of allies, armies, paramilitaries, agents provocateurs, multinational corporations, non-government organizations and the United Nations.

HIST 1815 An Introduction to the History of Warfare

To study tactics, technology, battle control, logistics and management. Developments will be examined by studying selected campaigns and battles.

HIST 2025 An Introduction to the History of International Relations

An introduction to the history of international relations from the sixteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Examines the evolution of modern international systems, the expansion of world capitalism, the idea of imperialism, the emergence of the nation state, the origins of systemic wars, and the evolution of peacemaking.

HIST 2825 Introduction to Warfare: The Nature and Limits of Military Power

An introductory course intended as a broad survey of the uses, abuses and limits of military power. Its approach is a mix of chronology and theme, tracing civil-military relations, economics, logistics, theories of war and other subjects through modern western history.

History 3803 War Through Film

Films (initially propaganda films and feature commercial films, and more recently television documentaries and other kinds of TV programmes) arguably have become the most influential source in shaping general perceptions about the nature of modern war.  Using a variety of types of film and supporting readings, this course examines how film has influenced our understanding of modern war throughout the twentieth century.  It will examine the strengths and weaknesses of film as a source of historical evidence, and assess how accurately perceptions of modern war derived from film conform to war's reality as it is currently understood by historians.  The objective of the course, therefore, is twofold: to have students view war films critically as historical sources, and at the same time provide them with a fuller understanding of the nature of modern war through the use of film.

HIST 3804 War in the Mediterranean Theatre, 1941-1945

This course introduces students to Allied grand strategy in the war against Nazi-Germany.  The course Gregg Centres on the question of how the Mediterranean campaigns in North Africa, Sicily and Italy provided a second front to assist Russia, a training ground for later operations, and a massive diversion for the invasion of Normandy.  These campaigns caused great diplomatic and strategic debate among Allied decision makers at the time and between historians ever since.

HIST 3810 The Second World War in Italy

Taught on location throughout Italy. Explores the rise of Fascist Italy, its alliance with Nazi Germany, and the bitter struggle waged against them by the Allies and anti-fascist Italians from 1943-45.  Although the course addresses the campaign as a whole, special attention is paid to the highly successful, yet little known, Canadian contribution to the battles at Ortona, the Liri Valley and the Gothic Line.

HIST 3811 Unconventional War Since 1945

Examines causes, conduct and consequences of the wars in Asia, Africa and the middle east since 1945. Considers the influences of Cold War diplomacy, technology and strategy.

HIST 3812 War and Diplomacy in the Middle East, 1914-1984

Examines the sources and conduct of warfare in the modern Middle-East from the First World War to the Persian Gulf Conflict, against the background of emerging nationalism and new states, and great power intervention and diplomacy.

HIST 3835 Canada and the Experience of War, 1600-2000

Examines how Canadian history has been shaped by military action or the threat of it. Studies Canada as a battleground for European empires in the colonial period, later as an element of British imperial defense policy against the United States, and finally Canada's emergence as an independent player in the major conflicts of the twentieth century.

HIST 3364 History of Canadian-American Relations

Surveys the evolving relationship between Canada and the United States from the American Revolution to the Free Trade Agreement. Stresses the twentieth century when Canada gained autonomy over external affairs. Beside the major political and economic components of the relationship, will also examine cultural, social and environmental issues.

HIST 4034 Genocide and War Crimes in the 20th Century

Analyses the evolution of efforts to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of most important incidents of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in the 20th century, including the Holocaust, the Nuremberg Trials, Cambodia, Rwanda and others. Related issues include humanitarian intervention, debates about individual, group and national responsibility, and the importance of acknowledgement and remembrance in later generations.

HIST 4801 War and Society in the Age of Black Powder 1550-1865

Examines the nature of warfare in Europe and North America in the Early Modern period.

HIST 4803 The First World War

A military history of the First World War, relating events on the various fronts to their social, political, and strategic contexts and looking at tactical, technological and doctrinal developments in the use of arms.

HIST 4804 The Second World War: Sea, Land, and Air Campaigns

Examines the campaigns, their technical and tactical developments, and principal personalities.

HIST 4806 Canadian Defence Forces

After sketching the period of British military responsibility, this course traces the development of the regular Canadian forces and the militia up to the present. Introduces the student to some contemporary defence problems.

HIST 4815 Seapower and Empire: 1500-1850

The use of seapower as an instrument of state policy during the period 1500 to ca.1850. Examines institutional, theoretical, economic, political, social, and technological factors that shaped seapower over the period, with particular attention to Britain's experience.

HIST 4825 Seapower in the Age of Steam: 1850 to the Present

Focuses on the use of seapower and navies as instruments of state policy in the modern world since 1850. Emphasis will be placed on technological, political, and strategic use of the sea in peace and war, with particular concentration on the use of seapower in the two world wars of the twentieth century.

HIST 4835 Soldiering Through the Ages

Examines the military experience of the soldier from the Greek hoplite to the modern warrior. Focuses on such subjects as recruitment, training and preparation for battle, and wartime experience, through the vast primary literature that chronicles the life of the soldier.

HIST 4841 Intelligence in War and Diplomacy Since 1939

Examines the growth and function of national intelligence communities in Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union. Considers effects of intelligence on policy makers.

POLS 3615 International Relations Theory

Examines the evolution of international relations to the present. Attention is given to the socio-philosophical foundations of the realist paradigm, and to recent challenges to realism emanating from modern and post-modern.

POLS 3635 Critical Conflict Studies

Overviews traditional conflict research and then examines the nature of contemporary warfare in terms of class, race, gender and sexual orientation, with particular focus on WW I, WW II, Vietnam and the 1991 Gulf War.

Honours Program Courses

HIST 5455 The Cold War

A study of the Cold War from the Grand Alliance to the end of the 1950's. The seminar will focus on the foreign policies of the world's great powers, especially, but not exclusively, those of the Soviet Union and the United States, the military and political dimensions of conflict, and the Cold War's place in the evolution of the international system of the twentieth century.

HIST 5800 War: Themes and Theorists

An in-depth look at the major developments in the theory and practice of war since the fifteenth century. Examines important theorists from Machiavelli to Kahn and such major themes as command, the industrialization of war, logistics and the impact of changing social and political patterns.

HIST 5803 The First World War

An Honours seminar that looks at the experience of the Western Front, with particular emphasis on the role of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

HIST 5804 The Second World War

Examines key events and issues of the military campaigns of the Second World War and wrestles with how historians and writers of memoirs have portrayed them. Provides a survey of the major historical problems surrounding the conduct of the war, including: the collapse of the West, the German invasion of Russia, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, area bombing, Normandy, and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

HIST 5805 Seapower

Themes in naval history. Uses selected problems to explore the role of naval power in shaping the modern world.

HIST 5812 Themes of War and Diplomacy in the Modern Middle East

Explores major themes relating to the history of war and diplomacy in the region in the twentieth century, including Zionism, pan-Arabism, decolonization, the superpowers, Palestinians, and fundamentalist Islam.

HIST 5815 The Study of War Since 1945

Examines the conduct of war since 1945 through an exploration of the literature on war in theory and practice. Course will focus on the interaction of strategic theory and doctrine, technology, and society in conventional and revolutionary war.

Associated Undergraduate Courses

HIST 3402 The American Revolution

Examines the causes, results and nature of the American Revolution. Themes include imperial relations, the internal development of the colonies and states, the development of revolutionary ideas, and the formation of the federal government.

HIST 3407 The United States: Civil War and Reconstruction

Deals with the political, economic, diplomatic, and military dimensions of the civil war. Discusses the development of reconstruction policies both during and after the war and their implementation in the south.

HIST 4015 The Origins of the Second World War

Examines the Diplomatic History of the twenty years between the two world wars of the twentieth century through a series of conferences in which students will be required to assume the roles of the participating diplomats. Both primary and secondary sources will be utilized in this study.

HIST 4465 The Origins of the Cold War

An examination of the collapse of the Grand Alliance after 1945 and the emergence of a new division of the world based on the leadership of the two superpowers. The course will discuss the ideological, economic, and geopolitical dimensions of this transformation, concentrating of the East-West conflict in both Europe and Asia up to the late 1950's, and studying the key events which shaped this conflict: the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the Berlin Crisis, NATO, the Korean War, and the arms race.

HIST 5026 Fascist Movements

Studies the roots of twentieth century fascism, including the political, social, and cultural elements, which helped and hindered the rise of fascist movements in Europe and elsewhere. Topics include the rise of the Fascists in Italy and the Nazis in Germany, unsuccessful fascist movements before 1945, neo-fascism after 1945.

HIST 5027 Fascist Regimes

Studies the fascists in power. Topics include a comparative study of the society, culture, and politics of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany; collaboration and resistance in Vichy France; reasons for the persistence of the Franco regime in Spain; and the impact of the fascist regimes on contemporary Europe.

HIST 5035 The Holocaust

A Study of the "Final Solution to the Jewish Problem", the program of genocide developed by German National Socialists against the Jews of Europe from 1933-1945.

Core Graduate Courses

HIST 6815 Writing the History of War in the 20th Century

The course traces the development of modern military history by looking at the state of the art in four distinct periods: pre-First World War, the interwar period, the Second World War until 1970, and finally the modern era.  Emphasis is on the way in which historical wiriting is shaped by contemporary events, such as the anticipation of modern industrial war, the rise of airpower, the advent of nuclear weapons and the flourishing of archival sources.

HIST 6825 Themes in Twentieth Century Warfare

This course focuses on the state of modern military history through an assessment of various genres, from regimental histories, to one volume accounts of great events, memoirs, official histories, campaign narratives, etc.

HIST 6925 The Study of War Since 1945

Combining historiographical and case study approaches, this course explores the theories, conduct, and study of low-intensity warfare in the period since 1945, with a particular focus on terrorism, insurgency and counter-insurgency. Students analyse the writings of theorists and practitioners such as Mao and Guevara, the application of their ideas in a variety of conflicts from Vietnam to Northern Ireland, Palestine, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and discuss how military historians have presented the theorists and the wars.

HIST 6842 Intelligence in War and Diplomacy since 1945

Introduces students to the study of the relationship of intelligence to the conduct of war and diplomacy. Using case studies from the Cold War and after, the course explores major themes and issues, such as the intelligence/policy interface, surprise and intelligence failure, covert action, and intelligence in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism.

HIST 6485 Studies in Twentieth Century US Diplomatic History

Studies in Twentieth-Century US Diplomatic History.

HIST 6035 Studies in Twentieth Century European Diplomatic History

Explores the relationship between European states and their place in the international system during the 20th century. Major topics include the coming of the First World War, the diplomacy of peace-making, the origins of the Second World War, and the European experience during the Cold War and decolonization.