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

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

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By Bruce Curtis
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2012
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576 Pages
ISBN 9781442610491
Published Aug 2012
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Ruling by Schooling Quebec provides a rich and detailed account of colonial politics from 1760 to 1841 by following repeated attempts to school the people. This first book since the 1950s to investigate an unusually complex period in Quebec’s educational history extends the sophisticated method used in author Bruce Curtis’s double-award-winning Politics of Population.

Drawing on a mass of archival material, the study shows that although attempts to govern Quebec by educating its population consumed huge amounts of public money, they had little impact on rural ignorance: while near-universal literacy reigned in 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. Curtis documents educational conditions on the ground, but also shows how imperial attempts to govern a tumultuous colony propelled the early development of Canadian social science. He provides a revisionist account of the pioneering investigations of Lord Gosford and Lord Durham.

Bruce Curtis is a professor of Sociology and of History at Carleton University.




Chapter One. The Battle Between the Sword and the Mouth

Chapter Two. The Eunuch in the Harem: School Politics, 1793-1829

Chapter Three. The Colonial ‘Monitorial Moment’

Chapter Four. Creating a ‘Taste for Education' in the Countryside, 1829-36

Chapter Five. Schooling the People, 1829-36

Chapter Six. The Normal School

 Chapter Seven. Governmentality and the ‘Social' Science

Chapter Eight. Governing through Education



A: Legislation for Rural Elementary Schooling in Lower Canada

B: Robert Armour Jr. (1806-45)

C: Stephen Randal’s 1838 Educational Proposals

D: Christopher Dunkin’s Draft School Ordinance of 1840

‘This deep analysis of early nineteenth-century Quebec will fuel debate about the complex origins of public schooling not only in the St. Lawrence Valley but elsewhere in North America as well.’

Chad Gaffield, American Historical Review vol 119:01:2014

Clio Prize (Quebec) awarded by the Canadian Historical Association (Canada) - Winner in 2013
Political History Group Book Prize awarded by Canadian Historical Association (Canada) - Winner in 2013
John A. Macdonald Prize awarded by Canadian Historical Association (Canada) - Short-listed in 2013
Canada Prize in the Humanities awarded by Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Canada) - Short-listed in 2014
Institut d'histoire de L'Amérique française - Prix Lionel-Groulx (Canada) - Winner in 1931
John Porter Book Award awarded by Canadian Sociological Association (Canada) - Commended in 2014