History 415A (201) History of Vancouver




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In History 415, we will examine selected themes in the history of Vancouver to explore how the study of the past illuminates or explains major debates in the city today. We will examine the making of the city of Vancouver on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories, with a focus on the late nineteenth century to the present. We will consider a wide range of historical topics and events as context for understanding various current debates. These may include issues related to settler colonialism; real estate speculation and immigration; poverty and gentrification; race, gender, sexuality, and violence; industry, corporate development, and city planning; the politics of recreational drugs and leisure in the “No Fun City”; and urban environmental change. Through our study, we will reflect on connections between the past and the present, and assess what is at stake in how we interpret and tell the history of this city today.