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Now in Paperback: The People's Game by Alan McDougall

Dr. Alan McDougall tells us that his recent book The People's Game: Football, State and Society has just come out in paperback with Cambridge University Press.

about the book:
Sport in East Germany is commonly associated with the systematic doping that helped to make the country an Olympic superpower. Football played little part in this controversial story. Yet, as a hugely popular activity that was deeply entwined in the social fabric, it exerted an influence that few institutions or pursuits could match. The People's Game examines the history of football from the interrelated perspectives of star players, fans, and ordinary citizens who played for fun. Using archival sources and interviews, it reveals football's fluid role in preserving and challenging communist hegemony. By repeatedly emphasising that GDR football was part of an international story, for example, through analysis of the 1974 World Cup finals, Alan McDougall shows how sport transcended the Iron Curtain. Through a study of the mass protests against the Stasi team, BFC, during the 1980s, he reveals football's role in foreshadowing the downfall of communism.

Invitation to History: First Year Course Topics

HIST*1050 Invitation to History is a new, mandatory course for all first year History majors and minors. 

Invitation to History introduces students to the basics of the historian’s craft including interpreting primary sources, locating and critically analyzing secondary sources and writing for History. It will provide you with the tools you need for success in your History major, minor or area of concentration. Choose any one of the following four classes. 

Winter 2017 - Hist*1050*01  Crime and Culture   (instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Ewan)
This course will study criminal acts such as homicide, witchcraft, theft and slander and how they were defined and prosecuted in past centuries, and the class will employ historical court records to recover the experiences of people in the past.

Hist*1050*02  Compact, Contract, and Covenant: Treaty Relationships in North America (instructor: Brittany Luby)
This course will explore the history and nature of treaty making between First Nations and the Crown from the Treaty of Peace and Friendship (1760) to the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (1975). It will examine what the terms of treaty reveal about how First Nations and the Crown valued land and natural resources. This course will also explore the concept of “imagined futures,” particularly what the terms of treaty can teach us about how Indigenous and non-Indigenous negotiators envisioned their lives together. Students will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of treaty history by engaging with treaty documents and oral testimonies.

For more, visit our First Year Courses page

History's Student Photo Contest!


History Department Photo Contest

Students! We are looking for student photos of you: studying abroad, in the archives, doing your History thing in some way. The photos will be used to promote the History program on our website, postcards, etc.

PRIZES! - gift cards for University of Guelph Bookstore and Hospitality Services

Send photos by October 17th, 2016 to our Department Chair, Catherine Carstairs (ccarstai@uoguelph.ca).

2016 Gateway Seminar with History Alumni

On Thursday, Octobter 27, the History Department's Gateway Seminar features History Alumni speaking about their career paths.

- Robbie Berardi (BAH 2012) - Teacher/Interpreter specialising in Blacksmithing, leather work and wood work at Waterloo Region Museum  

- Monica Finlay (MA 2011) Research and Analytics Lead for the Canadian Public Affairs team for Edelman, the world's largest communication-marketing company  

- Graham Shular (BAH 2012) Occasional teacher in the Thames Valley District School Board grades 4-10, teachable history

See you there!  Get the poster .pdf

Rural Diary Archive Celebrates its First Year

On September 24th, the Rural Diary Archive celebrated its first anniversary. To date volunteers have transcribed 1,630 diary pages in this ongoing crowdsourcing project.

Webmaster Julia Barclay is a third-year history student and busy uploading additional diaries from across Ontario for people to read, search and transcribe online. Cathy Wilson, Founder and Director of the project, will be speaking to several groups in Wellington County this year as we now have 24 diarists from the County. Check out our diaries for 1867 as we approach Canada’s sesquicentennial.

photo: Julia Barclay and Cathy Wilson present the Rural Diary Archive at Wellington County’s Harvest Home.

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