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Laws and Societies in the Canadian Prairie West, 1670-1940
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Laws and Societies in the Canadian Prairie West, 1670-1940 (Paperback)

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Laws and Societies in the Canadian Prairie West, 1670-1940

examines the legal history of the north-west frontier, from the

earliest years of European-Native contact in the seventeenth century to

the mid-1900s. Challenging myths about a peaceful west and prairie

exceptionalism, the book explores the substance of prairie legal

history and the degree to which the region's mentality is rooted in

the historical experience of distinctive prairie peoples. The chapters,

written by a cross-section of established and emerging scholars working

in the allied fields of law, legal history, sociology, and criminology,

focus on what is distinctive in prairie legal culture.

By approaching the issue from a variety of perspectives -

those of colonial administrators, fur company employees, Native

peoples, women, men, entrepreneurs, judges, magistrates, and the

police, among others - the authors find evidence of a conscious

effort to apply broad, non-regional experiences to seemingly familiar,

local issues. The ways in which prairie peoples perceived themselves

and their relationships to a wider world were directly framed by

notions of law and legal remedy shaped by the course and themes of

prairie history. Legal history is not just about black letter law. It

is also deeply concerned with the ways in which people affect and are

affected by the law in their daily lives. By examining how central and

important the law has been to individuals, communities, and societies

in the Canadian Prairies, this book makes an original contribution.

LawJurisprudence & general issuesLegal historyLawLaws of Specific jurisdictions Publisher: University of British Columbia Press Publication Date: 01/07/2006 ISBN-13: 9780774811675  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Louis A. Knafla is professor emeritus of history at the University of Calgary. Jonathan Swainger is associate professor of history at the University of Northern British Columbia and co-editor, with Constance Backhouse, of People and Place: Historical Influences on Legal Culture, also published by UBC Press.

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