Lecture 1: Introduction to the Historian's Craft
1. What is History?
o the past itself (i.e. what happened)
o the product created when we study the past (i.e. our interpretations of the past)
2. Objective or Subjective?
o Leopold van Ranke: "how it really was"; historical truth
o fact as interpretation
o Historiography: the study of historical writing; the name given to the body of
literature or collections of interpretations on a given historical topic (e.g. the
historiography of the Conquest)
3. Canadian History
o why study it?
o significance of National History
o texts, narratives, and origins
Lecture 2: The Resettlement of Western Canada
1. "Go West"
o Macdonald's National Policy (high tariff, railway, resettlement of west)
o North West Mounted Police, 1873/1874 to Ft. Whoop-Up and Ft. Edmonton
o Dominion Lands Act, 1872
▪ $10 registration fee, 3-year residence, permanent dwelling, 30 acres
2. Canada's Prairie First Nations
o the federal "numbered" treaties 1-7 (1871-1877)
o annuities, reserves, and liberty t