Catel et Bocquet retracent le destin de la fascinante Joséphine Baker dans un magnifique roman (bio)graphique tout en noir et blanc. En 500 pages, les auteurs nous dévoilent toutes les facettes de cette femme emplie de convictions : muse de nombreux artistes, militante contre la ségrégation raciale, agent du contre-espionnage de la France Libre, mère adoptive d’une douzaine d’enfants venus d’horizons divers… elle était décidément bien plus qu’une danseuse de cabaret affublée d’une ceinture de bananes...
The British Army that fought the American Revolutionaries was in fact an Anglo-German army. The British Crown had doubts about the willingness of English soldiers to fight against other English-speaking people in North America. It also doubted the loyalty of the Canadiens who had only just been taken over after the conquest of New France. It thus turned to the princes of German States, who were also relatives of England's ruling family, to obtain troops. To the Americans, these soldiers are known as The Hessians. In return for large amounts of money, German princes and barons provided about 30, 000 soldiers, of whom some 10, 000 were located in Canada for up to seven years and 2, 400 chose to remain in Canada after the war. Many were dragged unwillingly from their families and sent to fight in a war in which they had no interest. Those who remained in Canada represented close to 5 percent of the male population at the time. They melted into the French and English-speaking societies, their names were Gallicized or Anglicized, but their history was unknown until this book appeared, even to their own descendants.
Jean-Pierre Wilhelmy is a Montreal historian who, in the late 1970s, wanted to know where his ancestors came from and discovered a major unexplored part of Canadian history. He published his work in French originally in 1980s and has constantly updated it. He has also written two books of historical fiction based on his research. This updated English adaptation of his research is his first publication in English.
Marcel Trudel (1917-2011) was Emeritus Professor of History from the University of Ottawa. He published more than 40 books on the history of New France and was honoured with many awards. Companion of the Order of Canada, Ordre national du Québec.
Virginia Easley DeMarce (1940-) is a historian who specializes in early modern European history. She received her Ph. D. form Stanford University in 1967. She taught at the college lever for fifteen years, at Northwest Missouri State University, and George Mason University an published a book on German military settlers in Canada after the American Revolution. She served as president of the National Genealogical Society in 1988-89. In addition to her scholarly work, genealogy, and bibliographic work in early US history, Ms DeMarce has written or co-authored a number of formative short stories and novels in the 1632 series collaborataive fiction project.