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Author Benton, Lauren A., 1956- author

Title Law and colonial cultures : legal regimes in world history, 1400-1900 / Lauren Benton
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2002
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 285 pages)
Series Studies in comparative world history
Studies in comparative world history.
Contents Legal regimes and colonial cultures -- Law in diaspora: the legal regime of the Atlantic world -- Order out of trouble: jurisdictional tensions in Catholic and Islamic empires -- A place for the state: legal pluralism as as a colonial project in Bengal and West Africa -- Subjects and witnesses: cultural and legal hierarchies i the Cape Colony and New South Wales -- Constructing sovereignty: extraterritoriality in the Oriental Republic of Uruguay -- Culture and the rule(s) of law
Summary "Law and Colonial Cultures advances a new perspective in world history, arguing that cultural practice and institutions - not just the global economy - shaped colonial rule and the international order. The book examines the shift from the multicentric law of early modern empires to the state-centered law of high colonialism. In the early modern world, the special legal status of cultural and religious minorities provided institutional continuity across empires. Colonial and post-colonial states developed in the nineteenth century in part as a response to conflicts over the legal status of indigenous subjects and cultural others. The book analyzes these processes by juxtaposing discussion of broad institutional change with microstudies of selected legal cases."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-282) and index
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Subject International law -- History.
International relations and culture -- History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2001035091
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