By Lauren Benton
A look for Sovereignty maps a brand new method of international heritage through reading the relation of legislation and geography in eu empires among 1400 and 1900. Lauren Benton argues that Europeans imagined imperial house as networks of corridors and enclaves, and they developed sovereignty in ways in which merged principles approximately geography and legislation. Conflicts over treason, piracy, convict transportation, martial legislations, and crime created abnormal areas of legislations, whereas additionally attaching criminal meanings to universal geographic different types reminiscent of rivers, oceans, islands, and mountains. The ensuing criminal and spatial anomalies inspired debates approximately imperial constitutions and overseas legislation either within the colonies and at domestic. This unique learn alterations our realizing of empire and its legacies and opens new views at the worldwide historical past of legislation.
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59 This background to an emerging imperial geographic imagination was deeply influenced in theory and in practice by law as an epistemological framework. 61 56 57 58 59 60 61 Daston and Park, Wonders and the Order of Nature, chap. 4. On the emergence of a “knowledge . . of particulars” in Spanish writings on the New World, see Antonio Barrera-Osorio, “Nature and Experience in the New World: Spain and England in the ´ alla´ de la leyenda Making of the New Science,” in Eamon and Navarro Brotons, Mas ´ negra, 132.
On this point, see Keene, Beyond the Anarchical Society. Henri Lefebvre describes this effect as the interpenetration or superimposition of social spaces. ” The Production of Space (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2004), 86. I have described early modern legal orders as “multicentric,” a term intended in part to avoid any implicit assumption that layered systems of law and sovereignty corresponded to neat hierarchies of authority. Lauren A. Benton, Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400–1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), 102.
The research shows that while some people in describing a particular space tend to draw maps, a larger group of people convey geographic knowledge in the form of a tour. Asked about the layout of an apartment, for example, they describe the sights encountered in moving from one room to another. The Practice of Everyday Life, trans. Steven Rendall (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002), 118–21. Padron, ´ in Spacious Word, explains that such perceptions of space based on sensory experience informed “itinerary maps” or “way-finding maps” (55, 58).
A Search for Sovereignty: Law and Geography in European Empires, 1400-1900 by Lauren Benton