Best Book in Political History Prize
Bruce Curtis. Ruling By Schooling Quebec: Conquest to Liberal Governmentality – A Historical Sociology. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.
Ruling by Schooling Quebec is an innovative and forceful examination of the links between education, power, and governance from 1759 to 1841. Meticulously and exhaustively researched, it examines the attempts of colonial administrators and their local allies to introduce structures and modes of liberal government in Quebec and Lower Canada through schooling the population. As one prize committee member described it, “this book is a tour de force of creativity, breadth, and flair” and is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the contested history of liberal governance and education in Quebec in the 19th century.