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Brian Gettler

Assistant Professor
brian.gettler@utoronto.ca
905-828-3730

Office Location:  Erindale Hall Residence, 1525 Outer Circle, Room 210A

Fields of Study Geographical Fields:

Canada

Fields of Study Thematic Fields:

Economy, Technology and Society; Empires, Colonialisms and Indigeneity; Social; State, Politics, and Law

Biography:

Brian Gettler’s research focuses on First Nations’ economic, political, and social history and the history of Quebec and Canada since the Conquest. He has published articles in Histoire sociale / Social History, the Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française, and the Bulletin d'histoire politique in addition to several edited collections. Gettler’s book manuscript, Colonialism’s Currency: A Political History of First Nations Money-Use in Quebec and Ontario, 1820-1950, analyzes the experience of three culturally, historically and geographically distinct First Nations alongside the monetary dimensions of British and Canadian Indian policy and corporate policy in the fur trade. Rather than focusing on the perhaps obvious ways in which wealth shaped politics, this project concentrates on money as both a symbol around which discourses of appropriate behaviour were articulated and as a concrete tool in the governance of peoples and lands. His current research explores Kahnawà:ke and Kanehsatà:ke Mohawk participation in Montreal’s economy during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Publications:

"Money and the Changing Nature of Colonial Space in Northern Quebec: Fur Trade Monopolies, the State, and Aboriginal Peoples during the Nineteenth Century,” Histoire sociale/Social History 46, no. 92 (2013), 271-293. Winner of the Histoire sociale/Social History Best Article Prize, 2014.

"En espèce ou en nature? Les présents, l’imprévoyance et l’évolution idéologique de la politique indienne pendant la première moitié du XIXe siècle,” Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française 65, no. 4 (2012), 409-437.

"La consommation sous réserve : les agents indiens, la politique locale et les épiceries à Wendake aux XIXe et XXe siècles,” Bulletin d’histoire politique 20, no. 3 (2012), 170-185.

Education:

  • PhD, Université du Québec à Montréal
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