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Published in Great Plains Research, 18:2 (Fall 2008) p. 241. Copyright © 2008 by the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


In the end, however, many scholars will find Policing the Wild North-West to be of limited use. While Lin chronicles some important sociological trends on the prairies during the early period of full provincial status (and the extensive graphs, tables, and appendices are testament to his prodigious research), his book is so narrowly drawn that it does not serve adequately as a window onto larger questions concerning the Canadian nation or even the broader western region during the interwar period.