By Lauren Benton
A look for Sovereignty maps a brand new method of global heritage via reading the relation of legislation and geography in ecu empires among 1400 and 1900. Lauren Benton argues that Europeans imagined imperial area 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 legislation, and crime created abnormal areas of legislations, whereas additionally attaching criminal meanings to accepted geographic different types equivalent to rivers, oceans, islands, and mountains. The ensuing felony and spatial anomalies prompted debates approximately imperial constitutions and foreign legislations either within the colonies and at domestic. This unique examine alterations our realizing of empire and its legacies and opens new views at the worldwide heritage of legislation.
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2, Cartography in the Traditional East and Southeast Asian Societies (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992, 1995). ” Ricardo Padron ´ perceptively notes that an emphasis on mapping in the Spanish Empire has shifted attention from cultural discourses about space and geography developing outside mapping. Oddly, such discourses took on greater importance as a result of the Spanish crown’s close control over the production and dissemination of maps in empire. Ricardo Padron, ´ The Spacious Word: Cartography, Literature, and Empire in Early Modern Spain (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004), 9, 21.
Portuondo, “Spanish Cosmography ´ alla´ de la leyenda negra: Espana ˜ y la revolucion ´ and the New World Crisis,” in Mas cient´ıfica, eds. William Eamon and Victor Navarro Brotons ´ (Valencia, Spain: Instituto de Historia de la Ciencia y Documentacion Pinero, Universitat de Valencia, 2007). ´ Lopez ´ ˜ Padron ´ explicitly notes in Spacious Word that the perception of space undergirding many descriptions of geography in the early Spanish empire involved the “representation of territory as a network of routes connecting preferred destinations of travel” (58).
Letters and People of the Spanish Indies: Sixteenth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976), 1. See also Greenblatt, Marvelous Possessions. On the influence of insurance law on reporting by slave ship captains to their sponsors, see James Oldham, “Insurance Litigation Involving the Zong and Other British Slave Ships, 1780–1807,” Journal of Legal History 28 (2007): 299–318. 77 Even the most informally organized and unofficially sponsored ventures boasted some sort of legal structure, which was a precondition of internal order, the securing of profits, and the recognition of claims.