Making Law, Order, and Authority in British Columbia, 1821-1871
Published by: University of Toronto Press
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Sales Date: 1994-10-06
Published: October 1994
264 Pages, 6.20 x 9.25 x 0.50 in
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The history of pre-Confederation British Columbia is rich in lore and tales of adventure surrounding the fur trade, conflict between settlers and the Hudson's Bay Company, and, above all, the gold rush. Loo takes the familiar themes as a starting-point for fresh investigation. Her inquiry moves from the disciplinary practices of the Hudson's Bay Company, through the establishment of cuorts in the gold fields, to conflicts over the rule of juries and the nature of property. By detailing specific incidents and then drawing from a wife historical field to sketch in new background, she hs revised established hsitory.
Loo structures her analysis of events around the discourse of laissez-faire liberalism and shows how this discourse styled the law and order of the period. She writes with wit and elegance, bringing life to even the most technical aspects of her investigation. This is the first comprehensive legal history of British Columbia before Confederation.