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This book explores the formation of the British state and national identity from 1603-1832 by examining the definitions of sovereignty and allegiance presented in treason trials. The king remained central to national identity and the state until Republican challenges forced prosecutors in treason trials to innovate and redefine sovereign authority. Although jurors resisted the change, by the 1790s parliament and prosecutors accepted that treason law protected all Britons and the general safety of the state.

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Steffen (history, U. South Carolina, Spartanburg), in a revision of her doctoral dissertation, suggests that Britain's concept of the state changed in 1820 through the actions of prosecutors at treason trials. Using extensive research into parliamentary accounts, statutes, and collections and accounts of trials, Steffen traces the development of the idea of state and national identity by retracing the stories of treason trials since the 17th century. In the process, we learn of the particular concerns and historical circumstances of the kings and queens as they shifted the laws accordingly.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Lisa Steffen teaches at the University of South Carolina, Spartanburg.

Table of Contents

Treason, Allegiance and Sovereignty in England, 1608-1688 * Dynastic Treason: National Identity after the Glorious Revolution * A British Law of Treason, 1709-1783 * Republican Treason and National Identity in the 1790s * The "General Safety of the State": Treason from 1816-1820 * Conclusion * Bibliography * Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780333920343
Author:
Steffen, Lisa
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Author:
Steffen, Lisa
Location:
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire
Subject:
History
Subject:
Criminal Law
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Criminal Law - General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Trials (Treason) - Great Britain - History
Subject:
Nationalism -- Great Britain -- History.
Subject:
Law : General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Studies in Modern History
Series Volume:
no. 69
Publication Date:
20010731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
257
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Law » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » England » General

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