Timeline – 1956 – Going Global – II

Image of Comparative Tropical History poster. Text isn't legible. History, Series 7/16 Department File, UW Archives
History, Series 7/16 Department File, UW Archives

Until the early 1960s, these new courses were accomodated within the structure created in the late 1930s. “American History” expanded to include Canada, Mexico, and Latin America, and “Modern History,” although mainly focused on European history, came to include courses on Africa, East Asia, and South Asia.

Then, in the 1963-1965 course catalog, a new structure was introduced. In addition to courses in European and American history, two new groupings appeared: Comparative Tropical History and East Asian History. American History was now restricted to the U.S., as Canadian history fell by the wayside, while Comparative Tropical History brought together classes on Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and South Asia as well as Spain and Portugal.

By 1970, the History Department had forty-six full professors, eight associate professors, and nine assistant professors—a total of sixty-three faculty members.

Sources: UW course catalogs, 1950s and 1960s.