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By Lauren Benton

A look for Sovereignty methods global heritage by means of interpreting the relation of legislations and geography in eu empires among 1400 and 1900. Lauren Benton argues that Europeans imagined imperial house as networks of corridors and enclaves, and they built sovereignty in ways in which merged rules approximately geography and legislations. Conflicts over treason, piracy, convict transportation, martial legislations, and crime created abnormal areas of legislation, whereas additionally attaching criminal meanings to regularly occurring geographic different types akin to rivers, oceans, islands, and mountains. The ensuing felony and spatial anomalies prompted debates approximately imperial constitutions and foreign legislation either within the colonies and at domestic. This examine adjustments our figuring out of empire and its legacies and opens new views at the worldwide historical past of law.

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