Essays on New France
W. J. Eccles, the most distinguished Anglo-Canadian social historian of New France, has collected together twelve important essays, written for the most part in the 1970s and early 1980s. They discuss Francis Parkman's view of New France, which dominated history studies until Eccles began to publish in the 1950s; the roles of the church, the military and the fur trade; social welfare; and the western frontier. It also includes a reappraisal of the Battle of Quebec. Each essay has an introductory note describing the circumstances of writing it and giving pertinent background information.