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Richard Tomzack

Photo PhD Candidate


Dissertation: North American Corvée: British Colonialism and the Politics of Popular Protest in Quebec, 1688–1783


My dissertation examines Canadian corvée, a French form of mandatory labor, in eighteenth-century Quebec. Following the conquest of Canada and the Treaty of Paris (1763), the British targeted the pre-existing contractual obligation between the lords and peasants to mobilize the agrarian labor force for new imperial ends. Although my research is grounded in the British Empire, I am also interested in the establishment of labor regimes in the French Caribbean and Spanish South America.

Advisor: Ned Landsman