edited by Barry Wright, Department of Law, Carleton University, and Dr. Susan Binnie. Published with the University of Toronto Press, 2009.
This third volume of the Osgoode Society’s Canadian State Trials series covers the period from the 1840s to the First World War. It examines a range of political trials as traditionally defined, including those arising from the Fenian invasions and the North-West Rebellions. The volume also expands the definition of state trials to include studies on the early development of secret policing and the evolution of the legal regulation of riot and public order. The editors have assembled a team of experts from across the country in a variety of fields, and produced a comprehensive and fascinating set of studies of the use of law to control political dissent and public disorder.