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Land of the Midnight Sun, Third Edition: A History of the Yukon - Carleton Library Series (Paperback)
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Land of the Midnight Sun, Third Edition: A History of the Yukon - Carleton Library Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 382 Pages / Published: 22/09/2017
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While the Klondike Gold Rush is one of the most widely known events in Canadian history, particularly outside Canada, the rest of the Yukon's long and diverse history attracts little attention. Important developments such as Herschel Island whaling, pre-1900 fur trading, the post-Second World War resource boom, a lengthy struggle for responsible government, and the emergence of Indigenous political protest remain poorly understood. Placing well-known historical episodes within the broader sweep of the past, Land of the Midnight Sun gives particular emphasis to the role of First Nations people and the lengthy struggle of Yukoners to find their place within Confederation. This broader story incorporates the introduction of mammoth dredges that scoured the Klondike creeks, the impressive Elsa-Keno Hill silver mines, the impact of residential schools on Aboriginal children, the devastation caused by the sinking of the Princess Sophia, the Yukon's remarkable contributions to the national First World War effort, and the sweeping transformations associated with the American occupation during the Second World War. Land of the Midnight Sun has long been the standard source for understanding the history of the territory. This third edition includes a new preface to update readers on developments in the Yukon's economy, culture, and politics, including Indigenous self-government.

Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
ISBN: 9780773552128
Number of pages: 382
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Sudden miracles, quick turns of fortune and deeds of endurance, courage, and mind-numbing folly have characterized most of the less-celebrated periods of the Yukon's past. Ken Coates and William Morrison have managed to salvage most of the story. Land of The Midnight Sun provides what every homeland requires: a sense of continuity and warnings and encouragement from the past." The Globe and Mail
"Fortunately, we now have the first excellent history of the Yukon - a balanced work that is a model of scholarly precision and popular presentation. No important theme escapes the authors' razor-shape analysis." Calgary Herald
"A must for anyone interested in the Yukon's history from the pre-gold rush days through the `lean' years and both wars to the present." Northern Review

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