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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
JOHN LABAND teaches courses in the history of Africa and in War and Society Studies. His monographs include The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation, The Atlas of the Later Zulu Wars 1883-1888, The Transvaal Rebellion: The First Boer War 1880-1881 and Historical Dictionary of the Zulu Wars. His latest book, Bringers of War: The Portuguese in Africa during the Age of Gunpowder and Sail, has just been published.