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Masters, Servants, and Magistrates in Britain and the Empire, 1562-1955 (Studies in Legal History)

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Publisher Comments:

Master and servant acts, the cornerstone of English employment law for more than four hundred years, gave largely unsupervised, inferior magistrates wide discretion over employment relations, including the power to whip, fine, and imprison men, women, and children for breach of private contracts with their employers. The English model was adopted, modified, and reinvented in more than a thousand colonial statutes and ordinances regulating the recruitment, retention, and discipline of workers in shops, mines, and factories; on farms, in forests, and on plantations; and at sea. This collection presents the first integrated comparative account of employment law, its enforcement, and its importance throughout the British Empire.

Sweeping in its geographic and temporal scope, this volume tests the relationship between enacted law and enforced law in varied settings, with different social and racial structures, different economies, and different constitutional relationships to Britain. Investigations of the enforcement of master and servant law in England, the British Caribbean, India, Africa, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, and colonial America shed new light on the nature of law and legal institutions, the role of inferior courts in compelling performance, and the definition of "free labor" within a multiracial empire.

Synopsis:

"A growing amount of attention has been paid to the question of master and servant legislation in England. . . . Masters, Servants, and Magistrates is the most important work so far and significantly extends our knowledge and understanding of this body of law."

Historical Studies in Industrial Relations "Aptly . . . demonstrates the ways a group of medieval laws, created to serve the needs of a small country, could be reworked into a flexible system of employment procedures across a vast empire. . . . A valuable contribution to the areas of social history, legal history, and economic history."

Itinerario "This eagerly awaited and important volume is a boon to historians, lawyers, and social scientists.

(David Sugarman, Lancaster University)" "This collection is remarkable for homing in on a seemingly arcane bit of legislation.

(Robert L. Tignor, Princeton University)"

Synopsis:

Covering four hundred years of the history of the British empire, these fifteen essays by international experts present an integrated examination of master and servant legislation--the cornerstone of British labor law--and its enforcement throughout the empire by largely unsupervised local magistrates.

About the Author

Douglas Hay is associate professor of law and history at York University. He is coauthor of Eighteenth-Century English Society and coeditor of Policing and Prosecution in Britain, 1750-1850.Paul Craven is associate professor of labor studies at York University. He is editor of Labouring Lives: Work and Workers in Nineteenth-Century Ontario and author of An Impartial Umpire: Industrial Relations and the Canadian State, 1900-1911.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807828779
Editor:
Hay, Douglas
Editor:
Craven, Paul
Editor:
Hay, Douglas
Editor:
Craven, Paul
Author:
Cravens, Paul
Author:
Hay, Douglas
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
Subject:
Labor contract
Subject:
Master and servant
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
master and servant statutes; English employment law; work relations; power to whip, fine, and imprision men; breach of private contracts; Britain; Caribbean; North America; British India; Australia; Africa; far east; imperial maritime labour law force; sl
Subject:
master and servant statutes; English employment law; work relations; power to whip, fine, and imprision men; breach of private contracts; Britain; Caribbean; North America; British India; Australia; Africa; far east; imperial maritime labour law force; sl
Subject:
master and servant statutes; English employment law; work relations; power to whip, fine, and imprision men; breach of private contracts; Britain; Caribbean; North America; British India; Australia; Africa; far east; imperial maritime labour law force; sl
Subject:
master and servant statutes; English employment law; work relations; power to whip, fine, and imprision men; breach of private contracts; Britain; Caribbean; North America; British India; Australia; Africa; far east; imperial maritime labour law force; sl
Subject:
Master and servant -- Great Britain -- History.
Subject:
Labor contract -- Great Britain -- History.
Subject:
master and servant statutes; English employment law; work relations; power to whip, fine, and imprision men; breach of private contracts; Britain; Caribbean; North America; British India; Australia; Africa; far east; imperial maritime labour law force; sl
Subject:
master and servant statutes; English employment law; work relations; power to whip, fine, and imprision men; breach of private contracts; Britain; Caribbean; North America; British India; Australia; Africa; far east; imperial maritime labour law force; sl
Subject:
master and servant statutes; English employment law; work relations; power to whip, fine, and imprision men; breach of private contracts; Britain; Caribbean; North America; British India; Australia; Africa; far east; imperial maritime labour law force; sl
Subject:
master and servant statutes; English employment law; work relations; power to whip, fine, and imprision men; breach of private contracts; Britain; Caribbean; North America; British India; Australia; Africa; far east; imperial maritime labour law force; sl
Subject:
master and servant statutes; English employment law; work relations; power to whip, fine, and imprision men; breach of private contracts; Britain; Caribbean; North America; British India; Australia; Africa; far east; imperial maritime labour law force; sl
Subject:
master and servant statutes; English employment law; work relations; power to whip, fine, and imprision men; breach of private contracts; Britain; Caribbean; North America; British India; Australia; Africa; far east; imperial maritime labour law force; sl
Subject:
master and servant statutes; English employment law; work relations; power to whip, fine, and imprision men; breach of private contracts; Britain; Caribbean; North America; British India; Australia; Africa; far east; imperial maritime labour law force; sl
Subject:
master and servant statutes; English employment law; work relations; power to whip, fine, and imprision men; breach of private contracts; Britain; Caribbean; North America; British India; Australia; Africa; far east; imperial maritime labour law force; sl
Subject:
master and servant statutes; English employment law; work relations; power to whip, fine, and imprision men; breach of private contracts; Britain; Caribbean; North America; British India; Australia; Africa; far east; imperial maritime labour law force; sl
Subject:
master and servant statutes; English employment law; work relations; power to whip, fine, and imprision men; breach of private contracts; Britain; Caribbean; North America; British India; Australia; Africa; far east; imperial maritime labour law force; sl
Subject:
master and servant statutes
Subject:
English employment law
Subject:
work relations
Subject:
power to whip, fine, and imprision men
Subject:
breach of private contracts
Subject:
Britain
Subject:
Caribbean
Subject:
North America
Subject:
British -- India.
Subject:
Australia
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Far East
Subject:
imperial maritime labour law force
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
free labor
Subject:
indentured labor
Subject:
Law : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Studies in Legal History
Series Volume:
kn. 1
Publication Date:
January 2005
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.38 in

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Masters, Servants, and Magistrates in Britain and the Empire, 1562-1955 (Studies in Legal History)
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Product details 656 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807828779 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "A growing amount of attention has been paid to the question of master and servant legislation in England. . . . Masters, Servants, and Magistrates is the most important work so far and significantly extends our knowledge and understanding of this body of law."

Historical Studies in Industrial Relations "Aptly . . . demonstrates the ways a group of medieval laws, created to serve the needs of a small country, could be reworked into a flexible system of employment procedures across a vast empire. . . . A valuable contribution to the areas of social history, legal history, and economic history."

Itinerario "This eagerly awaited and important volume is a boon to historians, lawyers, and social scientists.

(David Sugarman, Lancaster University)" "This collection is remarkable for homing in on a seemingly arcane bit of legislation.

(Robert L. Tignor, Princeton University)"

"Synopsis" by , Covering four hundred years of the history of the British empire, these fifteen essays by international experts present an integrated examination of master and servant legislation--the cornerstone of British labor law--and its enforcement throughout the empire by largely unsupervised local magistrates.
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