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Native claims : indigenous law against empire, 1500-1920

Author: Saliha Belmessous
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
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"This groundbreaking collection of essays shows that, from the moment European expansion commenced through to the twentieth century, indigenous peoples from America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand drafted legal strategies to contest dispossession. The story of indigenous resistance to European colonization is well known. But legal resistance has been wrongly understood to be a relatively recent phenomenon. These  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Saliha Belmessous
ISBN: 9780199794850 0199794855
OCLC Number: 703871436
Description: vii, 278 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Problem of indigenous claim making in colonial history / Saliha Belmessous --
Possessing empire : Iberian claims and interpolity law / Lauren Benton --
Law, land, and legal rhetoric in colonial New Spain : a look at the changing rhetoric of indigenous Americans in the sixteenth century / R. Jovita Baber --
Court and chronicle : a native Andean's engagement with Spanish colonial law / Rolena Adorno --
Powhatan legal claims / Andrew Fitzmaurice --
Wabanaki versus French and English claims in northeastern North America, c. 1715 / Saliha Belmessous --
"Chief princes and owners of all" : Native American appeals to the crown in the early-modern British Atlantic / Craig Yirush --
Framing and reframing the Agōn : contesting narratives and counternarratives on Mãori property rights and political constitutionalism, 1840-1861 / Mark Hickford --
"Bring this paper to the good governor" : aboriginal petitioning in Britain's Australian colonies / Ann Curthoys, Jessie Mitchell --
Native land court : making property in nineteenth-century New Zealand / Christopher Hilliard --
African and European initiatives in the transformation of land tenure in colonial Lagos (West Africa), 1840-1920 / Kristin Mann --
Afterword: Normative force of the past / Duncan Ivison.
Other Titles: Indigenous law against empire, 1500-1920
Responsibility: edited by Saliha Belmessous.
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"This groundbreaking collection of essays shows that, from the moment European expansion commenced through to the twentieth century, indigenous peoples from America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand drafted legal strategies to contest dispossession. The story of indigenous resistance to European colonization is well known. But legal resistance has been wrongly understood to be a relatively recent phenomenon. These essays demonstrate how indigenous peoples throughout the world opposed colonization not only with force, but also with ideas. They made claims to territory using legal arguments drawn from their own understanding of a law that applies between peoples--a kind of law of nations, comparable to that being developed by Europeans. The contributors to this volume argue that in the face of indigenous legal arguments, European justifications of colonization should be understood not as an original and originating legal discourse but, at least in part, as a form of counter-claim. Native Claims: Indigenous Law against Empire, 1500-1920 brings together the work of eminent social and legal historians, literary scholars, and philosophers, including Rolena Adorno, Lauren Benton, Duncan Ivison, and Kristin Mann. Their combined expertise makes this volume uniquely expansive in its coverage of a crucial issue in global and colonial history. The various essays treat sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Latin America, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century North America (including the British colonies and French Canada), and nineteenth-century Australasia and Africa. There is no other book that examines the issue of European dispossession of native peoples in such a way"--Provided by publisher.

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