Masters and Servants The Hudson’s Bay Company and Its North American Workforce, 1668–1786

Masters and Servants

The Hudson’s Bay Company and Its North American Workforce, 1668–1786

In Masters and Servants, Scott P. Stephen reveals startling truths about Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) workers. Rather than dedicating themselves body and soul to the Company’s interests, these men were hired like domestic servants, joining a “household” with its attendant norms of duty and loyalty. The household system produced a remarkably stable political-economic entity, connecting early North American resource extraction to larger trends in British imperialism. Through painstaking research, Stephen shines welcome light on the lives of these largely overlooked individuals. An essential book for labour historians, Masters and Servants will appeal to scholars of early modern Britain, the North American fur trade, Western social history, business history, and anyone intrigued by the reach of the HBC.

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Scott P. Stephen

Scott P. Stephen is a historian with Parks Canada, specializing in the fur trade and early settlement eras in western Canada.

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