Law and Colonial Cultures by Lauren Benton
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Law and Colonial Cultures
By Lauren Benton

Law and Colonial Cultures

Legal Regimes in World History, 1400-1900

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Law and Colonial Cultures by Lauren Benton

Book Awards

  • Winner of World History Association Book Prize 2003.
  • Winner of James Willard Hurst Prize of the Law and Society Association 2003.

Book Description

Advances an interesting perspective in world history, arguing that institutions and culture - and not just the global economy - serve as important elements of international order. Focusing on colonial legal politics and the interrelation of local and indigenous cultural contests and institutional change, the book uses case studies to trace a shift in plural legal orders - from the multicentric law of early empires to the state-centered law of the colonial and postcolonial world. In the early modern world, the special legal status of cultural and religious others itself became an element of continuity across culturally diverse empires. In the nineteenth century, the state's assertion of a singular legal authority responded to repetitive legal conflicts - not simply to the imposition of Western models of governance. Indigenous subjects across time and in all settings were active in making, changing, and interpreting the law - and, by extension, in shaping the international order.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521009263
ISBN-10: 052100926X
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Lauren Benton

Rage for Order by Lauren Benton Rage for Order, Hardback (October 2016)

Lauren Benton and Lisa Ford find the origins of international law in empires, especially in the British Empire's sprawling efforts to refashion the imperial constitution and reorder the world. These attempts touched on all the issues of the early nineteenth century, from slavery to revolution, and changed the way we think about the empire's legacy.

Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850 by Lauren Benton Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850, Paperback (July 2013)

Offers both legal scholars and historians a much-needed framework for analysing the complex and fluid legal politics of empires.

Search for Sovereignty by Lauren Benton Search for Sovereignty, Paperback (November 2009)

This book examines how European imperial powers imagined imperial space, constructing sovereignty in ways that merged geographic discourse with law.

Law and Colonial Cultures by Lauren Benton Law and Colonial Cultures, Hardback (December 2001)

Argues that institutions and culture serve as important elements of international legal order.

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