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Robert C.H. Sweeny

Department of History
Memorial University of NewfoundlandLost in Dingle
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7
Room: HH1007
Phone: (709)864-8440

Apprenticeship in history

  • B.A. (Honours) Sir George Williams, with John Laffey, Martin Singer & George Rudé
  • assistant de recherche au Groupe de recherche sur la société montréalise au 19ième siècle, UQAM
  • M.A. UQAM, with Alfred Dubuc
  • researcher at the Montreal Business History Project, McGill
  • Ph.D. McGill, with Louise Dechêne & Richard Rice
  • SSHRC Post-doctoral fellowship at Edinburgh, with R.J. Morris.

Research Interests

  • Canada/Québec, Industrialisation, Theory and Method, History of capitalism.
  • Co-director of the historical GIS project Montréal, l'avenir du passé (MAP)

Recent publications

Why did we choose to industrialize? Montreal, 1819-1849. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015

With Valerie Burton, "Realizing the democratic potential of online sources in the class room" Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 30, October 2015.

Upcoming conferences

  • Economic History Society, April 2016

Upcoming courses

I am on sabbatical in the 2016 winter term, in my final year of teaching I will be offering:

  • History 2200 Making Canada Fall 2016
  • History 2000 Visualising the Past Winter 2017
  • History 3840 Historical Methods Fall 2016
  • History 4255 Why did we choose to industrialise? Winter 2017