Masters and Servants is a refreshing and invaluable contribution to our understanding of the function of household-factories in the early modern British world. - Ted Binnema, Professor, Department of History, University of Northern British Columbia
Stephen advances our knowledge in several key areas: the HBC; the labour relations on a transatlantic scale; the challenge of mercantile capitalism and its early labour requirements; and the ideology prevailing among the labouring classes and among the owners of these British imperial companies. - Nicole St-Onge, Professor, Department of History, University of Ottawa
Masters and Servants significantly broadens our understanding of the Company’s operation during its pivotal first century of business and effectively dispels the traditional perception of the HBC as a conservative, antiquated, and often oppressive force in the history of labour relations and the fur trade. - Michael Dove, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Western University
Scott Stephen’s study of the HBC’s early modern labour relations is both an evocative depiction of its “household factories” and a nuanced analysis of how these relations fitted within a broader British world. He argues persuasively that these HBC households were remarkably adaptable institutions for assuring stable workplaces and projecting British imperialism into North America. Scholars of labour relations in the British Empire will find Masters and Servants a valuable book with relevance far beyond the fur trade country. - Elizabeth Mancke, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Department of History, University of New Brunswick
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