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Empire of Law and Indian Justice in Colonial Mexico


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Contents Acknowledgments 000 Chapter 1 Opening 000 Chapter 2 Ordering the Circumstances of Encounter 000 Chapter 3 Help Us and Protect Us 000 Chapter 4 Precarious Possessions 000 Chapter 5 Liberty, Not Servitude 000 Chapter 6 Of Guilt and Punishment 000 Chapter 7 Voices in the Republic 000 Chapter 8 Rebellious Subjects 000 Chapter 9 Summation and Beyond 000 Notes 000 Sources Cited 000 Index 000

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Brian P. Owensby is Associate Professor in the University of Virginia's Corcoran Department of History. He is the author of Intimate Ironies: Modernity and the Making of Middle-Class Lives in Brazil (Stanford, 1999).


"This book should become required reading for anybody wishing to make sense of legal relations, adaptation and resistance in the early New World and similar colonial contexts. It is a truly major tour de force." - Victore M. Uribe-Uran, Journal of Latin American Studies "Owensby's careful research, lively writing, and persuasive argument make this book a real winner, suitable for specialist and student alike. This book is a 'must read' for those interested in Latin American history, comparative colonialism, or indigenous studies." - Charles Cutter, American Historical Review "The book gives us a wealth of interesting legal cases and thought-provoking analysis, and it is well worth reading." - Caterina Pizzigoni, The Americas. "This work is reliable and contributes to the history of law at home and abroad in colonial times." - Leonard Ashley, Bibliotheque d'humanisme et renaissance "This is the best study I've seen of how justice actually functioned in colonial Mexico. The key to Owensby's achievement is that he does not treat the law as an impartial and impersonal set of rules, but rather as an arena of contestation." - R. Douglas Cope, Brown University

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