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Peter Way

Professor, History
Graduate Faculty

Ph.D. University of Maryland, 1991
M.A. Queen's University, 1983
B.A. Trent University, 1981

2192 Chrysler Hall North
University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
tel. 519-253-3000 ext. 2377

Research & Teaching Interests

History of class and labouring people, Atlantic World, US History, Native Americans, War and Society

Current Projects

General Thomas Gage, commander-in-chief of the British army in America before the Revolution, painted by John Singleton Copley"Artisans of War: Common Soldiers and the Making of Britain’s Atlantic Empire in the Seven Years' War." This study treats soldiers as workers within the war industry and argues that warfare in the 18th century was a major factor in state formation, imperial expansion and the development of capitalism. The study will address such questions as capital accumulation in the New World, immigration, settlement, working class culture, conflict with Native peoples, the roots of the American Republic, and the construction of ethnic, racial and gendered identities. The book is contracted to University of Pennsylvania Press.

“Memoir of an Invalid,” a study of the experience of James Miller, a Scottish soldier in the British army who fought in the Seven Years’ War and American Revolution, and left a rare diary of his life making war.

Selected Publications

“‘black service . . . white money’: The Peculiar Institution of Military Labor in the British Army during the Seven Years’ War,” in Leon Fink, ed., Workers Across the Americas: The Transnational Turn in Labor History (New York: Oxford, forthcoming 2010).

“Memoirs of an Invalid: James Miller and the Making of the British-American Empire in the Seven Years’ War,” in Donna Haverty-Stacke and Daniel J. Walkowitz ed. Rethinking U.S. Labor History: Essays in the Working-Class Experience, 1756 - 2009, (Continuum, forthcoming 2010).

“Hercules, the Hydra and Historians,” Social History Online, 3 (2010).

Common Labour: Workers and the Digging of North American Canals, 1780-1860 (Cambridge University Press, 1993), winner of the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize awarded by the Organization of American Historians for the best first book in American History.

"The Cutting Edge of Culture: British Soldiers Encounter Native Americans in the French and Indian War," Empire and Others: British Encounters with Indigenous Peoples, 1600-1850, ed. Martin Daunton and Rick Halpern (London: University College of London Press, 1999, and Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999).

"Rebellion of the Regulars: Working Soldiers and the Mutiny of 1763-1764," William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Ser., vol. 57, no. 4 (Oct. 2000), 761-92.

“Class and the Common Soldier in the Seven Years’ War,” Labor History, vol. 44, no. 4 (Dec. 2003), 455-481.

“Venus and Mars: Women and the British Army in America during the Seven Years’ War,” in Britain and America Go to War: The Impact of War and Warfare in Anglo-America, 1754-1815, ed. Julie Flavell and Stephen Conway (Florida University Press, 2004), 41-68.

“Class Warfare: Primitive Accumulation, Military Revolution and the British War Worker,” in Marcel van der Linden and Karl Heinz Roth (eds.), Beyond Marx: Confronting Labor History and the Concept of Labor with the Global Labor Relations of the 21st Century (Berlin and Hamburg: Assoziation A, 2009)].

Courses Taught

Course Number Courses Name
43-458 Early American History: 1600-1800
43-497 Hollywood's History Lesson
43-597 Studies in the History of Class