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Matthew Dean Gerber
University of Colorado, Boulder (Boulder, CO 80302-7046)

Property, Kinship, and Race in the 18th-Century French Atlantic

This project investigates cases of transatlantic litigation in an effort to explain the development of distinctive jurisprudential traditions within early modern French colonies. At the same time, by tracing a story of transatlantic legal circulation, the project also seeks to illuminate how colonialism and imperialism eventually undermined traditional European conceptions of property, kinship, and identity. By probing the clash between colonial and metropolitan conceptions of property, kinship, and race, the project seeks to shed new light on the intersection of the social and the political within the broader context of early modern French colonialism and imperialism.

Project fields:
European History; History, Other; Latin American History

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Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2014 – 7/31/2015