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Canadian State Trials

The fourth volume in the Canadian State Trials series examines the legal issues surrounding perceived security threats and the repression of dissent from the outset of World War One through the Great Depression. War prompted the development of new government powers and raised questions about citizenship and Canadian identity, while the ensuing interwar years brought serious economic challenges and unprecedented tensions between labour and capital. The chapters in this edited collection, written by leading scholars in numerous fields, examine the treatment of enemy aliens, conscription and courts martial, sedition prosecutions during the war and after the Winnipeg General Strike, and the application of Criminal Code and Immigration Act laws to Communist Party leaders, On to Ottawa Trekkers, and minority groups. These historical events shed light on contemporary dilemmas: What are the limits of dissent in war, emergencies, and economic crisis? What limits should be placed on government responses to real and perceived challenges to its authority?
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Table of Contents

1. Barry Wright, Eric Tucker, and Susan Binnie "War Measures and the Repression of Radicalism" 2. Bohdan Kordan, "'They Will Be Dangerous': Security Legislation and the Control of Enemy Aliens in Canada, 1914" 3. Peter McDermott, "Enemy Aliens in World War One: Legal and Constitutional Issues" 4. Jonathan Swainger, "Erroneous and Detestable: Seditious Language and the Great War in Western Canada" 5. Patricia McMahon, "Conscription and the Courts: The Case of George Edwin Grey, 1918" 6. Benjamin Isitt, "Court Martial at Vladivostok: Mutiny and Military Justice during the First World War" 7. Reinhold Kramer and Tom Mitchell, "'Daniel de Leon Drew Up The Diagram': Winnipeg's Seditious Conspiracy Trials of 1919-1920" 8. David Frank, "The Devil's Drum: Seditious Libelin Industrial Cape Breton, 1923" 9. Andree Levesque, "Red Scares and Repression in Quebec, 1919-39" 10. Dennis Molinaro, "Section 98: The Trial of Rex v. Buck and the 'State of Exception' in Canada" 11. John McLaren, "The Canadian State, Ethnicity and Religious Non-Conformism: The Trials of Peter Petrovich Verigin" 12. Bill Waiser, "Wiping out the Stain: The On to Ottawa Trek, Regina Riot and the Search for Answers" Appendix Judi Cumming, "Archival Sources, 1914-39, and User Challenges at Library and Archives Canada" Patricia McMahon, "A Note on Access to Information Challenges" Supporting Documents

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"An excellent continuation of the Canadian State Trials series, this volume adds considerably to our understanding of the history of state repression, class and labour relations, and the administration of justice." -- R. Blake Brown, Department of History, Saint Mary's University

About the Author

Barry Wright is a professor in the Departments of Law and History, Director of Kroeger College, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University. Eric Tucker is a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Susan Binnie has taught criminology and legal history at the University of Toronto, York University, and the University of Ottawa. She is a former legal historian at the Law Society of Upper Canada.


'This volume is a superb structural analysis of how Canada's courts were, and can be, used as state instruments of tyranny. It represents a number of fascinating and valuable questions.' -- Scott Eaton BC Studies March 2016 'Excellent introduction by the editors... Wright, Tucker, and Binnie have done all Canadians a significant service in continuing the work started by Greenwood in the 1990s.' -- Gregory S. Kealey Left History vol 20:01:2016

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