Ruling By Schooling Quebec: Conquest to Liberal Governmentality - A Historical Sociology

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Title
Ruling By Schooling Quebec: Conquest to Liberal Governmentality - A Historical Sociology
Abstract
The author provides a detailed account of colonial politics from 1760 to 1841 by following repeated attempts to school the Quebec French-speaking citizens. He shows that although attempts to govern the province by educating its population consumed huge amounts of public money, it had little impact on rural ignorance: while near-universal literacy reigned in English Quebec and neighbouring New England by the 1820s, at best one in three French-speaking peasant men in Quebec could sign his name in the insurrectionary decade of the 1830s. The author also shows how imperial attempts to govern a tumultuous colony propelled the early development of Canadian social science. He argues for a revisionist account of the pioneering investigations of Lord Gosford and Lord Durham.
Place
Toronto, ON
Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Date
2012
Language
en
Citation
Curtis, Bruce. Ruling By Schooling Quebec: Conquest to Liberal Governmentality - A Historical Sociology. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2012.
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