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War, Revenue, and State Building
Financing the Development of the American State
Sheldon D. Pollack
Pollack shows how war, revenue, and institutional development are inextricably linked in the United States, delineating the mechanisms of political development and revealing the ways in which the United States, too, once was a "developing nation."

Lines of Equity
Literature and the Origins of Law in Later Stuart England
Elliott Visconsi
Confronted by a public that seemed to be sunk in barbarism and violence, English writers including John Milton, John Dryden, and Aphra Behn imagined serious literature as an instrument for change.

Architect of Justice
Felix S. Cohen and the Founding of American Legal Pluralism
Dalia Tsuk Mitchell
A major figure in American legal history during the first half of the twentieth century, Felix Solomon Cohen (1907–1953) is best known for his realist view of the law and his efforts to grant Native Americans more control over their own...

Subject Siam
Family, Law, and Colonial Modernity in Thailand
Tamara Loos
Unlike its Southeast Asian neighbors, Thailand was never colonized by an imperial power. However, Siam (as Thailand was called until 1939) shared a great deal in common with both colonized states and imperial powers: its sovereignty was qualified...

Sodom on the Thames
Sex, Love, and Scandal in Wilde Times
Morris B. Kaplan
Sodom on the Thames looks closely at three episodes involving sex between men in late-nineteenth-century England.

Performing Justice
Agitation Trials in Early Soviet Russia
Elizabeth A. Wood
After seizing power in 1917, the Bolshevik regime faced the daunting task of educating and bringing culture to the vast and often illiterate mass of Soviet soldiers, workers, and peasants. As part of this campaign, civilian educators and...

From Sin to Insanity
Suicide in Early Modern Europe
In the broadest treatment yet of suicide in Europe during the period 1500–1800, 11 authors combine elements of social, cultural, legal, and intellectual history to trace important changes in the ways Europeans experienced and understood...

Shifting Landmarks
Property, Proof, and Dispute in Catalonia around the Year 1000
Jeffrey A. Bowman
In a major contribution to the debate among medievalists about the nature of social and political change in Europe around the turn of the millennium, Jeffrey A. Bowman explores how people contended over property during the tenth and eleventh...

Rancor and Reconciliation in Medieval England
Paul R. Hyams
Duels and bloodfeuds have long been regarded as essentially Continental phenomena, counter to the staid and orderly British ways of settling differences. In this surprising work of social and legal history, Paul R. Hyams reveals a...

The Consumption of Justice
Emotions, Publicity, and Legal Culture in Marseille, 1264–1423
Daniel Lord Smail
Drawing on the rich judicial records of Marseille from the years 1264 to 1423, especially records of civil litigation, this book approaches the courts of law from the perspective of the users of the courts.

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