Native claims : indigenous law against empire, 1500-1920

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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction K3248.L36 N38 2012
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Summary
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.
Contents
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 agon : contesting narratives and counternarratives on Maori 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 and Jessie Mitchell
The 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.

Additional Information
Subjects Indigenous peoples -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- History.
Indigenous peoples -- Claims -- History.
Publisher Oxford ; New York :Oxford University Press,2012
Other Titles Indigenous law against empire, 1500-1920
Contributors Belmessous, Saliha.
Language English
Description vii, 278 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780199794850 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0199794855 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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