The UBC Department of History is pleased to invite you to this year’s 8th Annual Burge Lecture "Illumination and its Discontents: Electricity Theft and the Political Economy of Japanese Energy" with guest lecturer Dr. Ian Miller, Professor of History at Harvard University.

Courses for Summer 2018 have now been released!  

Check out the History Department's course offerings, including History 106 - Global Environmental History, here


A recent article posted by the Faculty of Arts features Prof. Tara Mayer and her course “Objects of Encounter: Local and Global Histories of South Asia at the Museum of Vancouver”. Created with support from Museum of Vancouver (MOV) curator Viviane Gosselin, and with funding from the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology, Objects of Encounter focuses on a collection of South Asian artefacts from MoV.

Coll Thrush's recent publication, Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire (Yale, 2016) reframes the metropolis and its history through the experiences of Indigenous people who travelled there, willingly or otherwise, from territories that became the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, beginning in 15

Why do you love history? We asked some of our History majors why they chose to pursue the subject and why they think it's so important.


The first video in our Spotlight Series features an interview with Prof. Heidi J. S. Tworek on a new course coming to our department, "The History Lab", where students work on a digital project with faculty members. Prof. Tworek worked on this course at Harvard University and looks forward to teaching it again here at the University of British Columbia.


Congratulations to Chad Bush, History Department undergraduate student, who has been named an Academic All-Canadian by Governor General David Johnston. A goalkeeper for the Thunderbirds, Chad had a 10-0-1 record during the 2015-16 season, was a 1st team all star and led Canada West goalies in wins, fewest losses, goals-against average, shutouts, and fewest goals against. Academically Chad had a sparkling 4.22 GPA. 

The exhibition Canada Responds to the Holocaust, 1944-1945 (link is external) has a number of unique aspects. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time the story of the earliest Canadian encounters with survivors of the Holocaust and the evidence of the devastation of European Jewish life is being told in a public forum. Much of the narrative deals with the experiences of Canadian soldiers — including chaplains, of cial war artists, photographers and filmmakers — and the observations of journalists and aid workers. Moreover, the exhibition challenges the viewer to acknowledge the complexity of the relationship between Holocaust survivors and their “liberators.” This is accomplished by displaying within the exhibition primary sources, such as the firsthand accounts of liberators, the testimonies and diaries of survivors, and photos, films, artwork, radio broadcasts and journalism produced by Canadians in the European theatre of war during 1944 and 1945.