HIST 3301A: Quebec Since 1800
Summer 2021

Instructor: Professor Dominique Marshall

“But not only is it true that no country can be understood without taking account of all the past; it is also true that we cannot select a stretch of land and say we will limit our study to this land”.

– Frederick Jackson Turner, ‘The Significance of History’, 1891

Introduction: An exploration of the historical roots of current issues in Quebec public life. A retrospective and chronological survey, with special attention to the transnational aspects of the history of Quebec, the major transformations in the environment, the economy, social relations and culture. An introduction to the many, and changing, ways used by historians to discover and explain this past. A discussion of conflicting understandings, received ideas, prejudices, assumptions and misconceptions. An initiation to the main tools for finding information doing research about the history of the various peoples and groups who have inhabited the Quebec territory from its earliest times to the present. A chance to participate in hands on and collaborative virtual workshops, and to assemble progressively a substantial individual project on a theme of choice.

Class Format: No participation in real time required. The course follows a regular weekly cycle, with one weekly set of preparations (readings and recordings), and one weekly activity (two forum entries to account for the activities of the virtual workshops), along a flexible schedule. Besides, the course requires a weekly investment of time to complete the different steps of the individual projects.

Aims and Goals: To become familiar with the basic and recent knowledge on the history of Quebec.  To do so by simultaneously reading, explaining, writing, researching, making, revising and reflecting.

Assessment: Students will work on a series of projects: individual (one term project), group (six collaborative weekly workshops). Approximately 40% will be devoted to the final project; 40% for group exchanges, tutorials and productions; 20% for a final reflection and a take home summative examination.


Gossage, Peter, and J. I. Little. An Illustrated History of Quebec : Tradition & Modernity Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Occasionally, other readings will be available through the library course reserve system (ARES).

Questions? Please email me at: Dominique_marshall@carleton.ca