Voices in the Legal Archives in the French Colonial World: "The King is Listening" offers, through the contribution of thirteen original chapters, a sustained analysis of judicial practices and litigation during the first era of French overseas expansion.
The overall goal of this volume is to elaborate a more sophisticated "social history of colonialism" by focusing largely on the eighteenth century, extending roughly from 1700 until the conclusion of the Age of Revolutions in the 1830s. By critically examining legal practices and litigation in the French colonial world, in both its Atlantic and Oceanic extensions, this volume of essays has sought to interrogate the naturalized equation between law and empire, an idea premised on the idea of law as a set of doctrines and codified procedures originating in the metropolis and then transmitted to the colonies. This book advances new approaches and methods in writing a history of the French empire, one which views state authority as more unstable and contested. Voices in the Legal Archives proposes to remedy the under-theorized state of France’s first colonial empire, as opposed to its post-1830 imperial expressions empire, which have garnered far more scholarly attention.
This book will appeal to scholars of French history and the comparative history of European empires and colonialism.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
chapter |60 pages
part I|51 pages
Reading Colonial Legal Records Against the Grain
chapter 2|24 pages
Proof of Freedom, Proof of Enslavement
part II|58 pages
Between Metropole and Periphery
chapter 3|13 pages
chapter 4|24 pages
The Treatment of Domestic Servants in Canada’s Justice System Under the French Regime
chapter 5|19 pages
Contesting the Seigneurial Corvée
part III|69 pages
Chains of Property and Obligation
chapter 6|20 pages
Between Property and Person
chapter 8|25 pages
The Inhabitants “Appear Are Not Such Fools as a Menny Thinks” 1
part IV|63 pages
Circuits of Power and the Testimony of the Marginal
chapter 9|15 pages
The Voice of the Litigant, the Voice of the Spokesman?
chapter 10|23 pages
Voices of Litigating Women in New France During the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
chapter 11|23 pages
Slaves as Witnesses, Slaves as Evidence
part V|47 pages
Divided Sovereignties, Legal Hybridities