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Peasant, Lord, and Merchant: Rural Society in Three Quebec Parishes 1740-1840
     

Peasant, Lord, and Merchant: Rural Society in Three Quebec Parishes 1740-1840

by Allan Greer
 

Rural life in pre-industrial Quebec was essentially organized around a feudal society. Allan Greer takes a close look at the at society and its economy in three parishes in Lower Richelieu valley – Sorel, St Ours, and St Denis – from 1740 to 1840. He finds a pronounced pattern of household self-sufficiency; as in other peasant societies, the habitants

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Rural life in pre-industrial Quebec was essentially organized around a feudal society. Allan Greer takes a close look at the at society and its economy in three parishes in Lower Richelieu valley – Sorel, St Ours, and St Denis – from 1740 to 1840. He finds a pronounced pattern of household self-sufficiency; as in other peasant societies, the habitants lived mainly from produce grown throught their own efforts on their own lands. How the family-based economy operated and how the household was reproduced over the generations through marriage, birth, inheritance, and colonization, together form a major focus of this study.

Editorial Reviews

Canadian Historical review
'An excellent example of how local histories can challenge the traditional interpretations of this country's past.'
American Historical Review
'Greer [writes] with passion, ingenuity, and force.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802025593
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press
Publication date:
10/01/1985
Series:
Social History of Canada Series
Pages:
320

Meet the Author

Allan Greer is a Professor in the Department of History at McGill University.

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