08 January 2020

BOOK: Emily WHEWELL, Law Across Imperial Borders : British Consuls and Colonial Connections on China’s Western Frontiers, 1880-1943 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020). ISBN 9781526140029, 105,43 €

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Manchester University Press is publishing a new book on law across the imperial borders (focused on Britain and its presence in Western China, Burma and India)


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. -- .


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



Part I: The Burma-China frontier
1 Treaty-making and treaty-breaking: transfrontier salt and opium, 1904-1911
2 On the move: people crossing the frontier, 1911-25
3 Consuls and Frontier Meetings, 1909-31

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


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