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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
Kevin Spooner is a historian of Canadian foreign policy, with a particular interest in the Cold War period and the governments of John Diefenbaker and Lester Pearson. Writing on the history of peacekeeping, his book on Canadian peacekeeping policy and Canada’s contribution to United Nations operations during the Congo Crisis of the early 1960s was awarded the C.P. Stacey Prize. His current research is focused on relations with Africa in the period of decolonization, exploring ideas related to the intersection of race, identity, and the Canadian foreign policy élite.