Lady Landlords of Prince Edward Island: Imperial Dreams and the Defence of Property by Rusty BittermannLady Landlords of Prince Edward Island: Imperial Dreams and the Defence of Property by Rusty Bittermann

Lady Landlords of Prince Edward Island: Imperial Dreams and the Defence of Property

byRusty Bittermann, MARGARET MCCALLUM

Paperback | June 19, 2008

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The 1767 decision to divide Prince Edward Island among elite British grantees shaped Island history for more than a century. Lady Landlords of Prince Edward Island examines this history through the lives of four women who, due to the vagaries of family formation and inheritance, became Island landlords. As absentee owners of large estates, each of the four women faced challenges from those who wanted land redistributed in freehold lots to actual settlers. Their individual management strategies were determined in part by class standing and marital status, as well as individual eccentricities and prejudices. Drawing on family and official papers, Rusty Bittermann and Margaret McCallum provide engaging portraits of these women - orphaned heiress, prudent wife and property manager, countess estranged from her husband, independent spinster - as they negotiated relations of power and privilege in a domain dominated by men. Lady Landlords of Prince Edward Island is a compelling narrative that provides a unique perspective on landed society in England in the age of industrialization and reform, making an important contribution to trans-Atlantic, British social, legal, and women's histories.
Rusty Bittermann is a professor of history, St Thomas University, and author of Rural Protest on Prince Edward Island: From British Colonization to the Escheat Movement.Margaret McCallum teaches in the Faculty of Law at the University of New Brunswick
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Title:Lady Landlords of Prince Edward Island: Imperial Dreams and the Defence of PropertyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 19, 2008Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773534245

ISBN - 13:9780773534247

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"Captivating . written with fluency and in an engaging style that holds the reader's attention. The authors present the wider history of land policy in PEI with a refreshing lucidity." Marjory Harper, University of Aberdeen