The Slow Rush of Colonization: Spaces of Power in the Maritime Peninsula, 1680–1790 (Paperback)

The Slow Rush of Colonization: Spaces of Power in the Maritime Peninsula, 1680–1790 By Thomas Peace Cover Image


An overlooked history of the Maritime Peninsula from the perspective of its Indigenous communities.

In 1760, after Montcalm’s defeat at the Plains of Abraham, the French Empire was definitively expelled from the Saint Lawrence Valley. This history is well known. Less well known is that this decisive victory had its roots almost a hundred years earlier when settler colonial systems of power first took root on the peripheries of the Maritime Peninsula (the places known today as Quebec, Maritime Canada, and New England).

Drawing on the concept of spaces of power, historian Thomas Peace demonstrates that despite imperial changes of power and settler colonial incursions on their Lands, local Mi’kmaw, Wabanaki, Peskotomuhkati, Wolastoqiyik, and Wendat nations continued to experience the contested Peninsula as a cohesive whole, rather than one defined by subsequent colonial borders. This engaging history shows how overlapping concepts of space and power—shaped deeply by Indigenous agency and diplomacy—defined relationships in the eighteenth-century Maritime Peninsula and how, following the Seven Years’ War, this history was brushed aside as settlers flooded into the Peninsula, laying the groundwork from which Canada and the United States would develop.

About the Author

Thomas Peace is an associate professor of history and co-director of the Community History Centre at Huron University College. He is the coeditor of The Open History Seminar (with Sean Kheraj) and From Huronia to Wendakes: Adversity, Migrations, and Resilience, 1650–1900 and the editor of A Few Words that Changed the World. Since 2009 he has edited, one of Canada’s leading history blogs.

Praise For…

"The Slow Rush of Colonization reveals new insights about the complicated and contested history of the Maritime Peninsula. Peace skillfully reframes the region’s history in ways that highlight the tangled relationship between imperial projects, space and land, and Indigenous power. In doing so, the book makes a valuable contribution to the field and challenges readers to reckon with the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism."
— Sean Carleton, author of Lessons in Legitimacy: Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Rise of State Schooling in British Columbia
Product Details
ISBN: 9780774868358
ISBN-10: 077486835X
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication Date: March 26th, 2024
Pages: 350
Language: English