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Author Benton, Lauren A., author

Title A search for sovereignty : law and geography in European Empires, 1400--1900 / Lauren Benton
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 340 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
Contents Anomalies of empire -- Treacherous places : Atlantic riverine regions and the law of treason -- Sovereignty at sea : jurisdiction, piracy, and the origins of ocean regionalism -- Island chains : military law and convict transportation -- Landlocked : colonial enclaves and the problem of quasi-sovereignty -- Bare sovereignty and empire
Summary A Search for Sovereignty approaches world history by examining the relation of law and geography in European empires between 1400 and 1900. Lauren Benton argues that Europeans imagined imperial space as networks of corridors and enclaves, and that they constructed sovereignty in ways that merged ideas about geography and law. Conflicts over treason, piracy, convict transportation, martial law, and crime created irregular spaces of law, while also attaching legal meanings to familiar geographic categories such as rivers, oceans, islands, and mountains. The resulting legal and spatial anomalies influenced debates about imperial constitutions and international law both in the colonies and at home. This study changes our understanding of empire and its legacies and opens new perspectives on the global history of law
Notes Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
Subject Law and geography -- Europe -- History
Europe -- Boundaries -- History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780511988905 (ebook)