Dr. Lanthier's most recent project deals with water, and the ways in which people have understood and treated this most basic of commodities throughout history. Fresh water is becoming increasingly rare as the global population continues to grow and damage our fragile eco-system: competition for this scarce yet absolutely vital resource will shape the 21st century, particularly in a water-rich country like Canada. A better understanding of our historical attitudes towards water is necessary for the drafting of equitable and sustainable water policies in the near future.
International relations; changes in the nation-state system; the emergence and impact of major political ideologies; genocide; decolonization; the globalization of trade; and the dynamics of economic, social, cultural, and environmental change in a global context.
The political, social, and cultural history of Germany in the twentieth century.
Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries was in many ways the crucible of the modern world. The secularization of society, the separation of church and state, representative democratic government, and science and technology’s impact on daily life can all be traced back to this time and place. By taking this course, students will therefore be better able to understand and appreciate the world of the twenty-first century, its problems, and the possible solutions to those problems.
We will study the key events, individuals, and ideas in European history from the middle of the seventeenth century to the eve of the French Revolution. We will pay particular attention to certain important developments, such as the rise of royal “absolutism” (we will also question the term’s validity and utility); the birth of an international system based on the balance of power; the theory and practice of mercantilism and the rise of the laissez-faire economy; the intellectual revolution that is known as the Enlightenment; the phenomenon of “enlightened absolutism”; and the origins of the French Revolution. We will also study the darker side of this supposedly enlightened era by studying its outcasts, deviants, and criminals.