Strange Things Done: Murder in Yukon History by Ken S. CoatesStrange Things Done: Murder in Yukon History by Ken S. Coates

Strange Things Done: Murder in Yukon History

byKen S. Coates, William R. Morrison

Hardcover | April 28, 2004

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Strange Things Done investigates a series of murders in pre-World War II Yukon, exploring the boundaries between myths and historical events. It seeks to understand both the specific events, carefully reconstructed from court evidence and police records, and the broader social and cultural context within which these violent deaths occurred. The murder case studies provide a unique and penetrating perspective on key aspects of Yukon history, from Native-newcomer relations to mental illness.
Ken S. Coates, professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan, is the author of Best Left as Indians, The Marshall Decision and Native Rights, and, with William R. Morrison, Land of the Midnight Sun. William R. Morrison, professor of history at the University of Northern British Columbia, is co-author of Land of the Midnight Su...
Title:Strange Things Done: Murder in Yukon HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:April 28, 2004Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773527052

ISBN - 13:9780773527058

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A scholarly and original, if at times thin look at crime in Canada worth reading but not buying This book is interesting but not great. It is much too short 184 pages to buy at its 34.95 price but it does have many colourful characters, long stretches of scholarly research (including the use of archival sources) is impressive and the use of individual cases all but one ending is execution is also laudable it looks at the often overlooked history of the death penalty in Canada. That sad there are some stretches where it is difficult to stay awake and the book overall quite slight; Mild recommendation.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A history for everyone This work, one of the first I've read on the Canadian North, was a very useful primer on a very interesting subject. Coates and Morrison tell a social history of the North through the medium of Murder. The book is less about the actual murders themselves, and more about what they tell us about Yukon society: Why did a single killing shake an entire region as violently as it did? Why was punishment as harsh and carried out as swiftly as it was? These are the kinds of questions that Coates and Morrison get to the heart of in this very engaging, very readable book.
Date published: 2006-01-10