The People of New France / Edition 2

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This book surveys the social history of New France. For more than a century, until the British conquest of 1759-60, France held sway over a major portion of the North American continent. In this vast territory several unique colonial societies emerged, societies which in many respects mirrored ancien regime France, but which also incorporated a major Aboriginal component.

Whereas earlier works in this field presented pre-conquest Canada as completely white and Catholic, The People of New France looks closely at other members of society as well: black slaves, English captives and Christian Iroquois of the mission villages near Montreal. The artisans and soldiers, the merchants, nobles, and priests who congregated in the towns of Montreal and Quebec are the subject of one chapter. Another chapter examines the special situation of French regime women under a legal system that recognized wives as equal owners of all family property. The author extends his analysis to French settlements around the Great Lakes and down the Mississippi Valley, and to Acadia and Ile Royale.

Greer's book, addressed to undergraduate students and general readers, provides a deeper understanding of how people lived their lives in these vanished Old-Regime societies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802078162
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Series: Themes in Canadian History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 130
  • Sales rank: 929,129
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Introduction 3
1 Population 11
2 Life on the Land 27
3 The Urban Landscape 43
4 Women of New France 60
5 French and Others 76
6 Beyond Canada 92
Epilogue: The Fall of New France 109
Select Bibliography 123
Index 129
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    This books sucks.

    Firstly, it is usually an intelligent idea to be sure that if you write a novel of some kind, that the title captures an audience. I must say, this title made me want to jump off of a bridge. Sadly, as I opened the book and started to read it's contents that feeling did not change. Boring, repeated, stupid, retarded, are just some of the many words that describe this beastly thing. I at first thought Greer would have written it from a settler's point of view but unfortunately, to my dismay, it's written exactly like a text book: crappy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    I hate my life thanks to this book.

    Allan Queer's book, The People of New France, was definatley a step in the wrong direction. I read this with my class at Harvard University and we ended up throwing the books in the garbage. We didn't even feel they deserved recycling. I had many students walk out as we were reading the novel, others giving threatening glares and curses from their mouths. As a fellow University professor, PLEASE do not let yourselves or your students go through the agonizing torture that is 'The People of New France'. The content is repulsive, and I felt my life was a failure as I read this. Do not make the same mistake as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2008

    This book is useful... for bonfires.

    Allan Greer is a waste of Oxygen. After making the mistake of buying this book for my class, I never made any of my History students read it again following the first read through. Instead, I took it home and my family used it on our camping trip last summer. We used the pages as toilet paper when we went to the outhouse, and it served as napkins during dinner.

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