The British And Their Laws In The Eighteenth Century by David LemmingsThe British And Their Laws In The Eighteenth Century by David Lemmings

The British And Their Laws In The Eighteenth Century

EditorDavid Lemmings

Hardcover | November 17, 2005

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What did the rule of law mean to eighteenth-century people, and how did it connect with changing experiences of law in all their bewildering complexity? Given the powerful claims for their importance in the governance of Georgian society, it is appropriate that over the last quarter century social and legal historians have engaged productively with law and legal institutions. But despite widespread agreement about Law's significance as a key to unlock so much which was central to contemporary life, taken as a whole this work offers a fragmented picture of the Laws in their social meanings and actions. The British and their Laws in the Eighteenth Century contributes fresh analyses of law in England and British settler colonies, c. 1680-1830. The authors consider broadly the issues of participation, central-local relations, and the maintenance of common law traditions in the context of increasing legislative interventions and grants of statutory administrative powers. David Lemmings suggests that viewed from these perspectives, popular relations with law were transformed. Legislation expanded the province of administrative authority out of all proportion, while the reach of the common law and its communal traditions of governance diminished, at least outside British North America. Here, perhaps, were the outlines of a legal regime appropriate for an imperial state.
Title:The British And Their Laws In The Eighteenth CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:270 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:November 17, 2005Publisher:Boydell & Brewer LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1843831589

ISBN - 13:9781843831587

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