The Canadian Centenary Series

New France 1744-1760

The Last Phase

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Volume V of the Canadian Centenary Series

Now available as e-books for the first time, the Canadian Centenary Series is a comprehensive nineteen-volume history of the peoples and lands which form Canada. Although the series is designed as a unified whole so that no part of the story is left untold, each volume is complete in itself.

In this stirring account of the last phase of the struggle between France and England for supremacy in America, from 1744 when the War of the Austrian Succession spread into the New World until the fall of New France in 1760, Professor George Stanley shows that for the French who lived in North America the issue was not political or ideological but economic: they laboured and fought not primarily for the glory of France but for their homes, their lands, and their trade. Making brilliant use of eye-witness accounts, the author brings to life the complex military campaigns of the period and depicts with great skill the characters of the leading figures, including finally Montcalm, the European military man par excellence, ill at ease in North American warfare; Vaudreuil, the Governor, with his passionate interest in the Canadian aspect of French imperialism; Bigot, the Intendant, efficient and worldly, betraying his office by privately trading in food, specie, and wine; and the tenacious habitant of New France who, as his name implies, was neither a peasant in the Old-World sense nor a colonist in the French imperial sense. Here also are the methodical Amherst, patiently concerning himself with logistics, and the impetuous Wolfe, single-minded in his desire for the capture of Quebec. 

First published in 1968, Professor Stanley’s important contribution to the Canadian Centenary Series is available here as an e-book for the first time.