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Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400-1900 (Movements in Modern Art)by Lauren Benton
Synopses & Reviews
Argues that institutions and culture serve as important elements of international legal order.
This book advances a new 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 cultural contests and institutional change, it 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. Benton shows how Indigenous subjects across time were active in making, changing, and interpreting the law--and, by extension, in shaping the international order.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; 1. Legal regimes and colonial cultures; 2. Law in diaspora: the legal regime of the Atlantic world; 3. Order out of trouble: jurisdictional tensions in Catholic and Islamic empires; 4. A place for the state: legal pluralism as a colonial project in Bengal and West Africa; 5. Subjects and witnesses: cultural and legal hierarchies in the Cape Colony and New South Wales; 6. Constructing sovereignty: extra-territoriality in the Oriental Republic of Uruguay; 7. Culture and the rule(s) of law; Bibliography; Index.
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