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Legal Histories of the British Empire: Laws, Engagements and Legacies

Edited by: Shaunnagh Dorsett, John McLaren

ISBN13: 9781138950870
Published: January 2016
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2014)
Price: £29.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780415728928



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This book is a major contribution to our understanding of the role played by law(s) in the British Empire. Using a variety of interdisciplinary approaches, the authors provide in-depth analyses which shine new light on the role of law in creating the people and places of the British Empire.

Ranging from the United States, through Calcutta, across Australasia to the Gold Coast, these essays seek to investigate law's central place in the British Empire, and the role of its agents in embedding British rule and culture in colonial territories.

One of the first collections to provide a sustained engagement with the legal histories of the British Empire, in particular beyond the settler colonies, this work aims to encourage further scholarship and new approaches to the writing of the histories of that Empire.

Legal Histories of the British Empire: Laws, Engagements and Legacies will be of value not only to legal scholars and graduate students, but of interest to all of those who want to know more about the laws in and of the British Empire.

Subjects:
Legal History
Contents:
Notes on Contributors
Chapter One Laws, Engagements, and Legacies: the Legal Histories of the British Empire An Introduction, Shaunnagh Dorsett and John McLaren
Part I - Framing Empire: People and Institutions
Chapter Two Navigating the Scylla of Imperial Politico-Legal Aspirations and Charybdis of Colonial Micro-Politics in the British Empire: The Case of the Judges, John McLaren
Chapter Three Asserting Judicial Sovereignty: The Debate over the Abolition of Privy Council Jurisdiction in British Africa, Bonny Ibhawoh
Chapter Four Law, Culture and History: Amir Ali's Interpretation of Islamic Tradition, Nandini Chatterjee
Chapter Five A Judicial Maverick: John Gorrie at Large in the Victorian Empire, Bridget Brereton
Part II - Laws
Chapter Six Benjamin Knowles v. Rex: Judging Murder, Race and Respectability from Colonial Ghana to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, 1928-30, Stacey Hynd
Chapter Seven Inventing Extraordinary Criminality: A Study of Criminalization by the Calcutta Goondas Act, Sugata Nandi
Chapter Eight Sovereignties in Dispute: The Komagata Maru and Spectral Indigeneities, 1914, Renisa Mawani
Part III - Engagements
Chapter Nine Imperial Legacies: Chartered Enterprises in Northern British America, Philip Girard
Chapter Ten Understanding 'Chinese Customs': Sinchew rulings in the Straits Settlements, 1830s-1870s, Stephanie Po-yin Chung
Chapter Eleven Translating the Hedaya: Colonial Foundations of Islamic Law, John Strawson
Chapter Twelve Travelling Laws: Burton and the Draft Act for the Protection and Amelioration of the Aborigines 1838 (NSW), Shaunnagh Dorsett
Part IV - Legacies
Chapter Thirteen Legacies of Empire: Race and Labor Contracts in the Upper Mississippi River Valley, Allison Gorsuch
Chapter Fourteen Empire on Trial: Slavery, Villeinage, and Law in Imperial Britain, Dana Rabin
Chapter Fifteen Macaulay's India Law Reforms and Labour in the British Empire, Barry Wright
Chapter Sixteen A Slave Trade Jurisdiction: Attempts against the Slave Trade and the Making of a Space of Law (Arabo-Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Red Sea, circa 1820-1900), Guillemette Crouzet
Index