Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400-1900 available in Hardcover
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- Cambridge University Press
This book advances a new perspective in world history, arguing that institutions and cultureand not just the global economyserve 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 ordersfrom 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 lawand, by extension, in shaping the international order.
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.