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Welcome to History
History is the study of the thoughts, actions and achievements of human beings over time. It communicates a profound and practical understanding of how our world came into being by teaching students how to study events in historically-aware ways. History provides a methodology for research and critical thinking which is essential in most professions and walks of life. It acquaints students with important concepts, events and people, and builds their cultural literacy. History promotes a depth of understanding of ourselves and others by heightening critical thinking, deepening global understanding, and enhancing aesthetic and moral awareness. The skills History provides are invaluable in such varied professions as the law, education, journalism and public and international service.
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Vimy Hall A Community Focusing on War, Memory & The Canadian Military Experience in Europe
Chair, History Dept
Senior Administrative Assistant
People at Laurier
Blaine Chiasson studies and teaches Modern Chinese history, with an emphasis on the Chinese Northeast/Manchuria, the history of inter-war Russian refuges in China, urban and minority history. His first book Administering the Colonizer: Manchuria's Russians under Chinese Rule, 1919-1929 was on Manchuria’s Russian minority community and their interaction with the Chinese. His new projects are in the fields Chinese minority administrative policy and Chinese military history, specifically the occupation of Beijing 1900-1902. He teaches in the areas of general Asian history, the histories of China, Japan and Korea history and military history.