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"[A] welcome addition to the growing field of French Atlantic history on at least two fronts. ... [A] brilliant marriage of the day-to-day microworld of Acadians forced to make choices across space and time and the macrodynamics of imperial experimentation over three decades." --Journal of Modern History


"Hodson's thorough research takes him through a vast archive of documents... Recommended." --CHOICE


"Engaging.... The key themes that emerge from of this study are, first, the disorganization and unreality of imperial dreams in the eighteenth century and, second, the price that a vulnerable population whose members had flourished for decades in the interstices of two empires paid when imperial gambles trumped the family and cultural ties that bound them together." --American Historical Review


"The Acadian Diaspora is a fine debut performance by a young historian of rare sensitivity and talent. Christopher Hodson has taken a long-familiar episode--the expulsion of French settlers from eastern Canada following the Seven Years War--and transformed it into a story of very deep historical significance. As he follows those expelled to their many far-flung destinations, he manages to connect their diaspora with imperialism, slavery, nascent capitalism, and other forces that were just then reshaping the early modern world. His research is impeccable, his interpretive approach altogether sound. And, perhaps most important of all, his writing is so lively and graceful that a reader is carried to a place of great emotional as well as intellectual resonance. In sum: a triumph of artful reconstruction!" --John Demos, author of The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story From Early America


"A wondrous journey, luminously told, The Acadian Diaspora invites readers into the social and cultural richness of the French Atlantic. Through stories of exiles, migrants, and seekers, Hodson reconfigures our understanding of empire and analyzes the conjoined creation of American and European eighteenth-century worlds." --Laurent Dubois, author of Haiti: The Aftershocks of History


"Hodson is a superb ironist. The Acadian story will never look the same again. But then neither will that of the French Empire: its brutally consequential entanglements with Enlightenment thought wrecked peasant lives long after the initial deportations by the British." --Catherine Desbarats, McGill University


"Christopher Hodson movingly tells the stories of the Acadian exiles who scattered all over the Atlantic world after British forces expelled them from their homes in 1755. But his book also reveals tells a much broader tale about eighteenth-century utopian schemes. With wit and humanity, he traces how Acadians became the objects--and often the victims--of countless ill-conceived efforts by imperial officials whose grandiose plans depended on the labor the exiles were expected to provide." --Daniel K. Richter, author of Before the Revolution: America's Ancient Pasts


"I would recommend this well written and researched book. It gives a fine narrative account of an important aspect of North American history and describes the plight of a significant Catholic population." --Catholic Books Review


"An extremely compelling and valuable contribution to both cultural studies and imperial history Will be of particular interest to those researching the francophone Atlantic world." --French Studies


"The first academic book to cover the wide diaspora across the transatlantic world of the later 18th century into the early 19th century in scrupulous concrete detail." --The Eighteenth Century Intelligencer


"A decade of research has netted fresh archival material and important insights into the ordeal of Acadians transplanted to the southern American colonies, the French coastal island of Belle-Île-en-Mer, and other locales." --Canada's History


"This book tells the familiar story of the Acadian experience of deportation and exile with a new focus . [It] weaves a comprehensive narrative that provokes a reconsideration of the importance of colonial ventures in late eighteenth-century France as well as sympathy for the refugees whose lives were further wrecked by those ventures' failures." --Journal of American Studies


"This engagingly written and excellently researched study is the first to explore fully the Acadians' role in the reconstruction of French imperialism after the end of the Seven Years' War in 1763... The Acadian Diaspora ensures that the Acadians can no longer be seen in essence as mere victims of imperial cruelty.... Hodson shows instead they were energetic and canny actors who survived against tremendous odds on the cutting edge of French Enlightenment agricultural experimentation. It is this emphasis on Enlightenment experimentation that marks this return to the best tradition of grand and erudite imperial history as a quintessentially 'Eighteenth Century History.'" --Kenneth Banks, H-France


About the Author


Christopher Hodson is Assistant Professor of History at Brigham Young University.

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Studies in International History
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199739773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199739776
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.1 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lavers (in Canada) on May 7, 2012
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When I was a child I thought that the Expulsion of the Acadians had happened in my grandmother's lifetime, so frequent and vivid were the stories old of it in my home. My ancestors had been among those who had hidden in parts of Maine and New Brunswick, then returned and intermarried with English Loyalist settlers, or so I was to understand. Others had fled further and settled in the southern U.S. states or Caribbean islands. These people could no longer rightly be called "Acadians," I was taught, but were more like distant cousins. Or, as Christopher Hodson puts it, the Acadian Diaspora.
This book feels very personal to me, like a hidden part of my own personal family tree.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SueC on January 5, 2013
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While this book is dry, dry, dry—and definitely has an academic style—it is relatively easy reading. Not long, and is chunked up into logical sections. I used this to help research my husband's family. I learned a lot that I really had no idea about (not being a Cajun myself). Even those who do descend from the original group of Acadians forced out of Nova Scotia, and eastern Canada in 1755 will learn much. Many do not know how they got to Louisiana—that it wasn't a direct migration at all! That many moved via a circuitous route to places all around the Atlantic basin in both hemispheres and stayed there. Many don't realize just how long ago it was—some family memories seem to stop with the civil war. I heard from my own family, assertions that records were lost in "Church fires." Not so for those parishes deep in the southern swamps. Other records showing their Canadian existence and migrations are really fascinating. Not all of this is in this book—but it gives you a really good background to learn more. Recommended. Good citations of source material.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leo P Hebert on October 6, 2012
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I enjoyed the read. This work adds information to Brasseaux's treatise printed about 20 years ago for UL Press covering the period between the expulsion and post-diaspora re-organization. The activity of the French and Spanish governments, the difficulties which the group endured once again secondary to government intervention, and the esteem for the colonization success of the group are all well documented. This work reads well and I have gladly added it to my library of Acadian history and lore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leo Boudreaux on February 11, 2013
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Written objectively by a historian. Delivered as promised. An excellent addition to my collection of like material. If you are interested in Acadian history, this should be on your reading list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 17, 2014
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This is a scholarly, dispassionate account of the Acadian Grande Derangement. I have read a lot about it as I am a descendent of the Vincent/Montet exiles from Riviere aux Canards to Belle Isle au Mer to South Louisiana. HIs approach puts their struggles in a different light. Very interesting. The book is also enjoyable and easy to read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Greene on April 11, 2013
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I was able to be in Prof. Hodson's class throughout college, and I have to say though the courses were extremely difficult, the man was riveting in his lectures. This book is no different than those classes. Excellent read on the Acadians or French-Americans who lost their land after wars with Britain. I've yet to read any other book that tracks these peoples down and reveals their new destinations. Highly recommend the book for anyone who is interested in early North American history.
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