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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
People at Laurier
David Smith teaches courses on the Anglo-Atlantic world and World History. His research explores issues in law and business, and he is currently working on a project examining the development of the corporation and public expectations of corporate responsibility. David has recently published in the Journal of Legal History, Law and History Review, Historical Research and the Canadian Journal of History, and has recently completed a forthcoming book on Sir Edward Coke and the foundations of the modern common law. His newest course is a first year course entitled Business History, focusing on Western Europe and the Americas.
David Chan Smith