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Common Law, History, and Democracy in America, 1790-1900: Legal Thought before Modernism
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Common Law, History, and Democracy in America, 1790-1900: Legal Thought before Modernism (Hardback)

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This book argues for a change in our understanding of the relationships among law, politics and history. Since the turn of the nineteenth century, a certain anti-foundational conception of history has served to undermine law's foundations, such that we tend to think of law as nothing other than a species of politics. Thus viewed, the activity of unelected, common law judges appears to be an encroachment on the space of democracy. However, Kunal M. Parker shows that the world of the nineteenth century looked rather different. Democracy was itself constrained by a sense that history possessed a logic, meaning and direction that democracy could not contravene. In such a world, far from law being seen in opposition to democracy, it was possible to argue that law - specifically, the common law - did a better job than democracy of guiding America along history's path.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalModern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900History & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the AmericasLawJurisprudence & general issuesLegal history Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 14/03/2011 ISBN-13: 9780521519953  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Kunal M. Parker is Professor at the University of Miami School of Law. He was previously the James A. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Law at Cleveland State University and has held fellowships at New York University Law School, Cornell Law School, Queens University, Belfast, and the American Bar Foundation. Professor Parker has served on the editorial boards of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review and Law and Social Inquiry. His writing focuses on the history and theory of immigration and citizenship law, the history of law in colonial India, US intellectual and legal history, and the philosophy of history.

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