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Brian Gettler


brian.gettler [at] (Brian Gettler) is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the political, economic, and social history of colonialism in Quebec and Canada. Brian has published articles in several edited collections and academic journals, including the Canadian Historical Review, Histoire sociale / Social History, and the Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française. His 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.

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