HTY 523: Canadian Nationalisms and Myths

Instructor:  Professor Scott See

Time:  Thursday, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Course Number: 11051

Location: Stevens 310

Description:  This course will explore the complicated and often contentious dynamics of national identity in Canadian history. The material will also address some of the stylized and enduring ideals and myths that have shaped the articulation of national identities since the colonial era. The readings and discussions will focus on a range of topics that are situated in the broad parameters of nationalism and myth. Some of the key topics include the following: the evolution of the French-Canadian sense of nation; British and Loyalist ideals; the emergence of a comprehensive national identity in the Confederation and post-Confederation era; the enduring myths of the Canadian Western frontier; the relationship between First Nations and national identities; the role of the United States in providing a foil for Canadian national identity; and the tensions between competing national orientations in the mid to late twentieth century. Ideals that have been linked to national identity, such as the Peaceable Kingdom, the mosaic of peoples, a social contract that tempers individualism, and the country’s role as a middle power will also be addressed. The readings will include a broad range of historical literature, germane works in the social sciences, and selected documents that reflect contemporary opinions and debates.

Prerequisites:  Graduate student standing or senior History majors only.