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Marcel Trudel
Born May 29, 1917 (1917-05-29) (age 92)
Saint-Narcisse-de-Champlain, Quebec
Occupation Historian
Awards Order of Canada
National Order of Quebec

Marcel Trudel, CC, GOQ (born May 29, 1917) is a Canadian historian and author who published a 10-volume history of New France. His work has won major awards.


Early life and education

Marcel Trudel was born in Saint-Narcisse-de-Champlain, north east of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, the son of Hermyle Trudel and Antoinette Cossette. He earned a B.A. in 1941 and a M.A. in 1945 from Université Laval.


Trudel taught for two years at Harvard University, returning to Laval University to become professor of history at the newly founded Institute of History. He went on to become head of the history department. Under pressure from the Roman Catholic Church, in 1962 Laval demoted him from his position as head of the History department.

Beginning in 1963 Trudel taught at Carleton University. In 1965 he began teaching at the University of Ottawa after the Ontario government took over the university from the Oblate Fathers. He retired in 1982.

Trudel's life's work has been the history of New France, in particular his monumental and authoritative Histoire de la Nouvelle-France published in ten volumes from 1963 to 1999. Trudel has meticulously reviewed the primary sources. He implicitly criticized previous accounts in his effort to tell the colony's story without, what he views as, nationalist bias.

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