Welcome to History

History at the University of Waterloo offers recognized excellence in  research and in teaching. Diverse learning experiences emphasize innovative thematic approaches, as captured in our undergraduate specializations.

Through their courses, as well as Co-operative education, international experiences,and experiential learning opportunities, our graduates possess a unique set of technical, creative, critical, and analytical skills of value to diverse career pathways.

Our graduate program is part of the Tri-University partnership, one of the largest History graduate programs in Canada. We offer both Masters and Doctoral programs with numerous research opportunities.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our dynamic department! 

  1. Jan. 12, 2018Professor Lynne Taylor celebrates the release of her recent publicationLTaylor

    In the Children's Best Interests: Unaccompanied Children in American-Occupied Germany, 1945-1952 is the title of Professor Lynne Taylor's recently published monograph. Here is an excerpt from the publisher: 

  2. Jan. 10, 2018Why we need to understand how the world hinged on Cuba in 1962Jblightjlang

    The Department of History's Jim Blight and janet Lang challenge millennials to abolish nuclear weapons, in their publication Dark Beyond Darkness: The Cuban Missile Crisis as History, Warning and Catalyst.

  3. June 29, 2017Multidisciplinary project will help historians unlock billions of archived web pages

    The University of Waterloo and York University have been awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to make petabytes of historical internet content accessible to scholars and others interested in researching the recent past.

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  1. Apr. 6, 2018A Frigid Golden Age: Coping with Climate Change in the Seventeenth CenturyThe Frigid Golden Age book cover

    Beginning in the thirteenth century, natural forces cooled Earth’s climate in a “Little Ice Age” that reached its chilliest point in the seventeenth century and, according to many scholars, destabilized societies around the world. Yet the precocious economy, unusual environment, and dynamic intellectual culture of the Dutch Republic in its seventeenth-century Golden Age allowed it to thrive as neighbouring societies unravelled.

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