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Law across imperial borders

British consuls and colonial connections on China’s western frontiers, 1880-1943

By Emily Whewell

Law across imperial borders

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4002-9
  • Pages: 216
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: December 2019
  • BIC Category: History, LAW / Legal History, HISTORY / General, Asia, Legal History, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism

Description

Law across imperial borders offers new perspectives on the complex legal connections between Britain's presence in Western China in the western frontier regions of Yunnan and Xinjiang, and the British colonies of Burma and India. Bringing together a transnational methodology with a social-legal focus, it demonstrates how inter-Asian mobility across frontiers shaped British authority in contested frontier regions of China. It examines the role of a range of actors who helped create, constitute and contest legal practice on the frontier-including consuls, indigenous elites and cultural mediators. The book will be of interest to historians of China, the British Empire in Asia and legal history.

Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Note on transliteration
List of British representatives in Kashgar
List of Tengyue consuls

Introduction

Part I: The Burma-China frontier
1 Treaty-making and treaty-breaking: transfrontier salt and opium, 1904-11
2 On the move: people crossing the frontier, 1911-25
3 Consuls and Frontier Meetings, 1909-35

Part II: Through the mountains and across the desert: Xinjiang
4 Isolation and connection: law between semicolonial China and the Raj
5 Administering justice and mediating local custom
6 The British end game in Xinjiang: the decline of consular rights, 1917-39

Conclusion

Key terms
Select bibliography
Index

Author

Emily Whewell is a Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt

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