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La Prairie en Nouvelle-France, 1647-1760 Etude d'histoire sociale by Louis Lavallee

La Prairie en Nouvelle-France, 1647-1760 Etude d'histoire sociale

Part of the Studies on the History of Quebec/Etudes d'histoire du Quebec Series


La Prairie en Nouvelle-France, 1647-1760 Etude d'histoire sociale by Louis Lavallee

Parish registers, notarial acts, administrative and judicial archives were used extensively to provide a comprehensive view of the formation and evolution of this society in its seigneurial context. In La Prairie en Nouvelle-France the seigneury comes into its own as a vantage point from which to view Canadian society under the French regime. The comparative approach that informs the entire work permits parallels and contrasts between colonial and metropolitan societies.


En plus d'ajouter un morceau toujours bienvenu a la mosaique de la campagne ancienne, l'auteur integre des champs d'investigation jusqu'ici peu explores par les historiens du Regime francais ... La comparaison avec la societe francaise dont l'auteur est specialiste est soutenue tout au long de l'analyse ... Le style de l'argumentation est clair, accessible et parfois ironique. Thomas Wien, Departement d'histoire, Universite de Montreal.

Rich in detailed information, both anecdotal and statistical, culled from the voluminous records of the Jesuits, as well as the local priests and notaries, Lavallee's account certainly enriches our understanding of New France society. Allan Greer, Department of History, University of Toronto.

About the Author

Louis Lavallee est professeur au departement d'histoire a l'Universite de Montreal.

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Publication date

1st June 1992


Louis Lavallee

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McGill-Queen's University Press


304 pages


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