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Land of the Midnight Sun: A History of the Yukon [Hardcover]

Ken Coates , William Morrison , Ken S. Coates , William R. Morrison

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March 21 2005 Carleton Library Series (Book 202)
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-World War II resource boom, a lengthy struggle for responsible government, and the emergence of Aboriginal 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 World War I effort, and the sweeping transformations associated with the American 'occupation' during World War II. Completely revised with a new epilogue, the bestselling "Land of the Midnight Sun" was first published in 1988 and became the standard source for understanding the history of the Yukon. Ken Coates and William Morrison have published ten books together, including "Strange Things Done: A History of Murder in the Yukon" and the forthcoming "Trailmarkers: A History of Landmark Aboriginal Rights Cases in Canada".

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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (March 21 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773527567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773527560
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,942,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The human history of the Arctic began thousands of years ago, yet little is remembered about the region other than its gold rush. In this sweeping revision of the 1988 text, Professors Coates and Morrison have grounded both the fabulous and mundane aspects of the vast region's history in a broader historical context. Archaeological evidence of prehistoric humans in the Yukon is limited, and thus the book's first chapter is brief. The authors commence their history in earnest with the late-eighteenth century arrival of European explorers and fur traders. Gold was discovered in 1886, but the event that brought the Yukon fame was the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896-1900. The authors document the harrowing conditions the miners faced, but also the fact that the Klondike rush was not as lawless as the rushes in California or Alaska because of the presence of the Mounted Police. Also covered are the impact of missionaries, the misguided efforts to force First Nations children into Christian boarding schools, the racism that permeated white Yukon society until recently and the construction of the Alaska Highway during World War II. However, the book's emphasis, however, is on the region's post-gold rush political and economic climate, and U.S. readers may not know enough Canadian political history to comprehend the implications of, for example, the failed Meech Lake constitutional accords. However, the book is a thorough history of the Yukon's past 200 years and a worthy addition to the Arctic bookshelf.
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"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." The 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." The Northern Review

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3.0 out of 5 stars A history of the yukon-there are better books on the subject Feb. 16 2013
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authors seemed to impose modern social standards on the times and their writings did not match up very well with first hand accounts from the Klondike. Lots of words for the information content. There are better books on the subject.

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