Professor Brian Gettler, “Unmaking the Made Beaver: Money and Monopoly in the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Fur Trade”
Brian Gettler is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Toronto.
His several articles and book chapters focus on the political and socioeconomic history of colonialism in Quebec and Canada. Brian’s new book, 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 as well as Indigenous participation in the credit economy of the St. Lawrence Valley, both in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Attendees will need to register to attend. Participants can attend the AGM and/or the CBHA/ACHA Talks presentation. All registered participants will be given login information on January 19th.