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Agency and Archaeology of the French Maritime Empire
Edited by Marijo Gauthier-Bérubé and Annaliese Dempsey
190 pages, 35 ills., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80539-229-3 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (December 2023)
eISBN 978-1-80539-406-8 eBook
The French maritime empire enabled the continued colonization of territories all over the world from the 17th to the 19th centuries and was built upon the backs of those in lower socioeconomic classes. These classes were heavily impacted by social, political and economic structures. Detailed archaeological case studies using an agency perspective indicate that these lower socioeconomic classes were extremely diverse and dynamic groups that constantly negotiated their identities. These stories are not about the kings, military leaders, and politicians, but rather an exploration of the perspective of those who provided the fuel, both willingly and unwillingly, for the French maritime empire.
Marijo Gauthier-Bérubé is a post-doctoral researcher at the University du Québec à Rimouski. She also works with other institutions such as the Institut de Recherche en Histoire Maritime et Archéologie Subaquatique and the Fort Saint-Jean Museum in Québec, Canada. Her research specializes in French shipbuilding practices and shipwrights communities of practices and identities. She is currently conducting research in the Richelieu and Saint Lawrence Rivers.
Annaliese Dempsey focuses her archaeological research on the diverse agency and experiences of traditionally-homogenized sociocultural groups. In the maritime sphere, her work has involved the analysis of sailing characteristics of Age of Sail vessels and the accompanying distribution of knowledge among sailors, utilizing technical reconstructions of vessels to analyze the lived experiences of those on board, and the integration of maritime archaeology and public outreach.
Subject: ArchaeologyColonial HistoryPolitical and Economic Anthropology
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