Wildy logo
(020) 7242 5778

Wildy’s Book News

Book News cover photo

Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

Book of the Month

Cover of Goode on Commercial Law

Goode on Commercial Law

Edited by: Ewan McKendrick
Price: £170.00

Pupillage & Student Offers

Special Discounts for Pupils, Newly Called & Students

Read More ...

Secondhand & Out of Print

Browse Secondhand Online


Historiography, Empire and the Rule of Law: Imagined Constitutions, Remembered Legalities (eBook)

ISBN13: 9781136626814
Published: October 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: eBook (ePub)
Price: £22.49 + £4.50 VAT
The amount of VAT charged may change depending on your location of use.

Once the order is confirmed an automated e-mail will be sent to you to allow you to download the eBook.

All eBooks are supplied firm sale and cannot be returned. If you believe there is a fault with your eBook then contact us on ebooks@wildy.com and we will help in resolving the issue. This does not affect your statutory rights.

This eBook is available in the following formats: ePub.

In stock.
Need help with ebook formats?

Also available as

Historiography, Empire and the Rule of Law considers the intersection of these terms in the historical development of what has come to be known as the 'rule of law'. The separation of governmental powers, checks and balances, and judicial independence signified something entirely new in the way in which politics was imagined and practiced.

This 'rule of law' cannot, as it often is, be traced to the justification and practice of government as originating in a social contract among the governed; but rather, by analogy with a popular conveyancing innovation of the era, to the trust -- a device by which the power of ownership of land could be restrained. But how could the restraint of power remain consistent with the avoidance of anarchic disagreement among those granted the task of supervision and restraint?

In response, it is argued here, the central legal and political task became one of managing disagreement and change peacefully and constructively -- by drawing on a colonial tradition that emphasised civility, negotiation and compromise. And the study of all of these qualities as they evolved, Ian Duncanson contends, is vital to understanding the emergence of the 'rule of law'.

Historiography, Empire and the Rule of Law will be invaluable for all those engaged in research and the postgraduate study of socio-legal and constitutional studies, and early modern and modern history.

Constitutional and Administrative Law, Legal History, eBooks
Chapter 1. The Themes Introduced: Law, The Subject, Sovereignty and Certainty
Chapter 2.Making Good the Lack: The Form of the Phantom in the Progress from Sovereignty to Civility
Chapter 3. The Scottish Writing of the Civility of the 'Englishman'
Chapter 4. The Government of Empire and its Implications for the 'Metropolis'
Chapter 5. Governing The 'Natives' At Home In Nineteenth Century Britain
Chapter 6. Culture Studies, Education and Legality
Chapter 7. The 'Problem' of the English Discipline and the Rise and Possible Fall of Legal Positivism