Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec

The Taschereaus and McCords

Par (auteur) Brian Young
Catégories: History
Séries: Studies on the History of Quebec/Études d'histoire du Québec
Éditeur: McGill-Queen's University Press
Paperback : 9780773544369, 472 pages, Octobre 2014

An analysis of two elite families in the shaping of English and French Quebec.

La description

History has often ignored the influence in modern Quebec of family dynasties, patriarchy, seigneurial land, and traditional institutions. Following the ascent of four generations from two families through eighteenth-century New France to the onset of the First World War, Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec compares the French Catholic Taschereaus and the Anglican and English-speaking McCords. Consulting private, institutional, and legal archives, Brian Young studies eight family patriarchs.


“As a study of the history of Quebec through the lens of family life, Patrician Families has no peer. Through his careful comparison of the experiences of the Taschereaus and McCords, Brian Young has produced a study that adds a great deal to our knowledg

“Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec breaks new ground in multiple ways, especially through the use of elite histories to interrogate changing authority relations over multiple generations. In the process, it reshapes our understanding of class, culture, and social relations. ” Bettina Bradbury, Department of History, York University