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A Jurisprudence of Power
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A Jurisprudence of Power: Victorian Empire and the Rule of Law

Rande W. Kostal

Abstract

A Jurisprudence of Power concerns the brutal suppression under martial law of the Jamaica uprising of 1865, and the explosive debate and litigation these events spawned in England. The book explores the centrality of legal ideas and institutions in English politics, and of political ideas that give rise to great questions of English law. It documents how the world's most powerful and articulate political elite struggled with fundamental questions about law, morality, and power. Can a constitutional state rule a sprawling empire without breaking faith with the rule of law? Can it contend with ... More

Keywords: British history, colonial rebellion, rule of law, martial law, British empire, legal liberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199551941
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551941.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rande W. Kostal, author
Associate Professor of Law and History, University of Western Ontario