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Brian Gettler

Assistant Professor
brian.gettler@utoronto.ca
905-828-3939

Office Location:  3359 Mississauga Road, Room NE 4240 (UTM)

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 several edited collections and academic journals, including the Canadian Historical Review, Histoire sociale / Social History, and the Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française. Gettler’s book manuscript, Colonialism’s Currency: Money, State, and First Nations in Canada, 1820-1950, analyzes the distinct experiences of three 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, it 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 public finance and Crown-First Nations fiscal relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Publications:

“Les Premières Nations et l’histoire du Québec: au-delà du négationnisme et du récit ‘nationaliste-conservateur’,” Recherches amérindiennes au Québec, vol. 46, no. 1 (2016): 7-18

“Historical Research at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada,” Canadian Historical Review 98, no. 4 (2017): 641-674 “Les Premières Nations et l’histoire du Québec: au-delà du négationnisme et du récit ‘nationaliste-conservateur’,” Recherches amérindiennes au Québec, vol. 46, no. 1 (2016): 7-18.

"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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