IOWC PhD Student: Peter Hynd

Peter completed his B.A. (Hons.) at the University of Toronto in 2007, specialising in history. In 2010, he was awarded an M.A. in History from McMaster University, where he took seminars on the history of Britain, the British Empire, colonies of European settlement, European imperialism in Africa and the Islamic World, and environmental history. His M.A. research paper, “Vineyard of the Empire,” analysed the origins and fortunes of the Australian wine industry in the context of changes in British tastes and tariff policies.

Peter’s current research interests include colonialism, historical globalization and economic history, with a specific focus on the British Empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Of particular interest to him are moments in which colonial contacts and imperial politics generate unexpected economic events. Peter’s prospective PhD thesis is a study of the way in which alcoholic drinks were sold and marketed in colonial India in the context of British imperialism and related changes in global trade patterns,. His study will attempt to elaborate on the ways in which British administrators and soldiers in colonial India imported an alien drinking culture and the extent to which that culture impacted (and was allowed to impact) different segments of the Indian population, as well as the impact of the imperial experience in India on drinking culture (especially the marketing of drinks) in Britain.

Outside of academia, Peter has spent several years working jobs as varied as butcher and agent in the jewellery industry.

Contact Information
Indian Ocean World Centre
Peterson Hall
3460 McTavish Street, Room 100
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0E6