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By Lauren Benton

A look for Sovereignty maps a brand new method of international heritage by means of studying the relation of legislations and geography in ecu empires among 1400 and 1900. Lauren Benton argues that Europeans imagined imperial house 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 legislations, and crime created abnormal areas of legislation, whereas additionally attaching felony meanings to typical geographic different types comparable to rivers, oceans, islands, and mountains. The ensuing felony and spatial anomalies prompted debates approximately imperial constitutions and overseas legislation 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 background of legislation.

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Worlds,” see Cosgrove, Apollo’s Eye, 90–95; quotes from 94. Padron, ´ in Spacious Word, points out that many of these maps fit the pattern of wayfinding maps, which were often referred to not as maps but as sketch maps or drawings. He identifies a Spanish term, croquis, for this genre of sketch maps (55, 76–7). On the connections between descriptive geography and ideas about early English empire, see Lesley B. Cormack, Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities, 1580–1620 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997), chaps.

Mann (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001), 25–46, 26; and Muldoon, Popes, Lawyers, and Infidels. For example, Mary Sarah Bilder traces the subtle noncompliance of Rhode Island officials to requests from London to send lists of local legislation. Imperial officials could not disapprove of local laws that they did not know about. The Transatlantic Constitution: Colonial Legal Culture and the Empire (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004). On litigiousness, see Richard L.

More specifically, both law and geography produced ways of structuring understandings of empires as configurations of corridors and enclaves, objects of a disaggregated and uneven sovereignty. We see the links between law and geography clearly in political conflicts centering on subjecthood, the definition of membership in political communities, and the scope and nature of delegated legal authority. The problem of subjecthood corresponded in interesting ways to the imagined political significance of subjects moving through space.

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