“Men of Frontier Experience”: Yukoners, Frontier Masculinity, and the First World War


  • Peter Kikkert Sheridan College
  • P. Whitney Lackenbauer St. Jerome's University


Frontier Masculinity, Anglo-Saxonism, First World War, Yukon


The Northern Review 44 (2017): 209–242

During the First World War, the Dawson Daily News actively produced a localized version of frontier masculinity that was used to define the manly characteristics of the Yukon’s soldiers. In editorials and stories, local articulations of Anglo-Saxon frontier masculinity connected to broader imperial tropes, but also adopted distinctive forms that reflected how Yukoners imagined their particular identities. Utilizing this local newspaper coverage, this article explores how Yukoners understood masculinity, how they tied that masculinity to the war effort and how it shaped their experience of the war. This article is part of a special collection of papers originally presented at a conference on “The North and the First World War,” held May 2016 in Whitehorse, Yukon.


Author Biographies

Peter Kikkert, Sheridan College

Professor of Public History

P. Whitney Lackenbauer, St. Jerome's University

Professor of History






The North and the First World War