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Negotiating the Constitution
The Earliest Debates over Original Intent
Joseph M. Lynch
No concept sparks more controversy in constitutional debate than "original intent." Offering a legal historian's approach to the subject, this book demonstrates that the framers deliberately obscured one of their more important decisions. Joseph...



Negotiating Space
Power, Restraint, and Privileges of Immunity in Early Medieval Europe
Barbara H. Rosenwein
Why did early medieval kings declare certain properties to be immune from the judicial and fiscal encroachments of their own agents? Did weakness compel them to prohibit their agents from entering these properties, as historians have...



A Companion to Justinian's "Institutes"
The Corpus Iuris Civilis, a distillation of the entire body of Roman law, was directed by the Emperor Justinian and published in a.d. 533. The Institutes, the briefest of the four works that make up the Corpus, is considered to be the cradle of Roman...



Selective Judicial Competence
The Cirebon-Priangan Legal Administration, 1680–1792
Mason C. Hoadley
A major contribution to the understanding of Indonesian legal history. Hoadley shows how European colonialism skewed local legal institutions to serve colonial ends, and he discusses a fascinating series of cases that illustrate the evolution of...



Inheritance and Family Life in Colonial New York City
David E. Narrett
This book breaks new ground by offering the first detailed and systematic analysis of inheritance practices in New York City from the beginning of Dutch settlement in the 1620s to the onset of the American Revolution.



History and Power in the Study of Law
New Directions in Legal Anthropology
Building on earlier work in the anthropology of law and taking a critical stance toward it, June Starr and Jane F. Collier ask, "Should social anthropologists continue to isolate the ‘legal’ as a separate field of study?" To answer this question, they confront critics of legal anthropology who suggest that the subfield is dying and advocate a...



Public Property and Private Power
The Corporation of the City of New York in American Law, 1730–1870
Hendrik Hartog












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