Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850

Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850


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ISBN-13: 9780814708361
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 07/22/2013
Pages: 323
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lauren Benton is Professor of History and Affiliated Professor of Law at New York University. Her books include A Search for Sovereignty: Law and Geography in European Empires, 1400-1900 and Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400-1900.

Richard J. Ross is Professor of Law and History at the University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign) and Director of the Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History. He is the editor, with Lauren Benton, of Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850 (2013).

Table of Contents

1 Empires and Legal Pluralism
Lauren Benton and Richard J. Ross
Part I: Composite Polities across Empires
2 “Bundles of Hyphens”
Philip J. Stern
3 Litigating Empire
Helen Dewar
Part II: Political and Religious Imagination
4 Aspects of Legal Pluralism in the Ottoman Empire
Karen Barkey
5 Reconstructing Early Modern Notions of Legal Pluralism
Richard J. Ross and Philip J. Stern
6 Between Justice and Economics
Brian P. Owensby
Part III: Constructing Imperial Jurisdiction
7 Magistrates in Empire
Lauren Benton and Lisa Ford
8 “Seeking the Water of Baptism”
Linda M. Rupert
9 “A Pretty Gov[ernment]!”
P. G. McHugh
Part IV: Concluding Perspectives
10 Laws’ Histories
Paul D. Halliday
11 Rules of Law, Politics of Empire
Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper
About the Contributors

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This volume collects thoughtful and provocative essays on the legal complexities of empire, a subject that has been at the forefront of legal history in recent years. Whether one is interested in close studies of individual places or more wide-ranging explorations of the nature of legal pluralism in imperial contexts, this is the state of the art."-Stuart Banner,Norman Abrams Professor of Law, UCLA

"Legal pluralism has rapidly become one of the most fertile concepts among early modern historians. The richly documented and subtly argued essays in this collection amply exhibit its power to illuminate and complexify understandings of a variety of empires: Ottoman, British, French, and Spanish. As both a compendium of cutting-edge work and a blueprint for future research, the volume should inspire historians of other empires and other periods to add legal pluralism to their analytical armory."-David Armitage,Harvard University

"Historians of law and historians of empire alike will derive new insights from this impressive collection of discerning synthetic essays and rich case studies of the diversity of legal systems as European empires (including the Ottomans) claimed sovereignty over territories and peoples around the world. These scholars offer methodological and conceptual models that will push the field forward in new directions."-Sarah Chambers,University of Minnesota

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