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Legal History

  • The Enlightenment on Trialby Bianca Premo

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 34.99

    The principal protagonists of this history of the Enlightenment are non-literate, poor, and enslaved colonial litigants who began to sue their superiors in the royal courts of the Spanish empire. With comparative data on civil litigation and close readings of the lawsuits, The Enlightenment on Trial explores how ordinary Spanish Americans actively... more...

  • The Reinvention of Magna Carta 1216?1616by John Baker

    Cambridge University Press 2017; US$ 124.00

    This book challenges conventional assumptions about the afterlife of Magna Carta and tells a new story. more...

  • The Dignity of Commerceby Nathan B. Oman

    University of Chicago Press 2017; US$ 50.00

    Why should the law care about enforcing contracts? We tend to think of a contract as the legal embodiment of a moral obligation to keep a promise. When two parties enter into a transaction, they are obligated as moral beings to play out the transaction in the way that both parties expect. But this overlooks a broader understanding of the moral possibilities... more...

  • Newsworthyby Samantha Barbas

    Stanford University Press 2017; US$ 26.00 US$ 23.50

    In 1952, the Hill family was held hostage by escaped convicts in their suburban Pennsylvania home. The family of seven was trapped for nineteen hours by three fugitives who treated them politely, took their clothes and car, and left them unharmed. The Hills quickly became the subject of international media coverage. Public interest eventually died... more...

  • Localized Lawby Kimberley Czajkowski

    OUP Oxford 2017; US$ 104.99

    Localized Law examines the legal archives of Babatha and Salome Komaise, which offer a window onto the practice of law in Maoza as it came under the control of the Roman Empire. A series of case studies of the various agents involved in the legal transactions illuminates the legal culture of this community and its practice of law and justice. more...

  • Owning Ideasby Oren Bracha

    Cambridge University Press 2016; US$ 40.00

    This book examines the development of the concept of intellectual property in the United States during the nineteenth century. more...

  • International Law and Empireby Martti Koskenniemi; Walter Rech; Manuel Jiménez Fonseca

    OUP Oxford 2016; US$ 124.99

    By examining the relationship between international law and empire from early modernity to the present, this volume improves current understandings of the way international legal institutions, practices, and narratives have shaped imperial ideas about and structures of world governance. more...

  • Discretionary Justiceby Carolyn Strange

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 46.75

    The pardon is an act of mercy, tied to the divine right of kings. Why did New York retain this mode of discretionary justice after the Revolution? And how did governors? use of this prerogative change with the advent of the penitentiary and the introduction of parole? This book answers these questions by mining previously unexplored evidence held in... more...

  • The Conservative Human Rights Revolutionby Marco Duranti

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 72.99

    The Conservative Human Rights Revolution reconsiders the origins of the European human rights system, arguing that its conservative inventors, foremost among them Winston Churchill, conceived of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) as a means of realizing a controversial political agenda and advancing a Christian vision of European identity. more...

  • The Making of the Modern Chinese Stateby Humphrey Ko

    Springer Singapore 2016; US$ 85.98

    This text addresses the corporate causes of the collapse of the Qing Dynasty and the emergence of modern Republican China. Weaving together political, legal and business histories, it focuses on the key relationship between China, cement and corporations, and demonstrates how the particular circumstances of cement manufacturing in nineteenth- and early... more...