With the exhaustion of postcolonial studies, and following the historical turn in studies of European imperialism, the time is ripe for a more sharply historical consideration of the role of European legal thought in processes of colonial governance. Rather than recycling general theories of the ideological role of law in European colonization, the contributions to this volume focus on the historical interaction between law and politics in British colonial contexts in order to clarify how European legal doctrines and institutions were actually transmitted, negotiated and modified in the concrete circumstances of frontier polities.
SHANNAUGH DORSETT is a Reader in Law at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. IAN HUNTER is an Australian Professorial Fellow at the University of Queensland, and Deputy Director of the Centre for the History of European Discourses, Australia.
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Law: General & Reference
Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History