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Archipelago of Justice: Law in France's Early Modern Empire

Laurie M Wood


An examination of France’s Atlantic and Indian Ocean empires through the stories of the little known people who built it. This book is a groundbreaking evaluation of the interwoven trajectories of the people, such as itinerant ship-workers and colonial magistrates, who built France’s first empire between 1680 and 1780 in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. These imperial subjects sought new political and legal influence via law courts, with strategies that reflected local and regional priorities, particularly regarding slavery, war, and trade. Laurie M. Wood focuses largely on appellate courts in ... More

Keywords: legal history, imperialism, colonialism, French empire, early modern history, France, law, Atlantic history, Indian Ocean, slavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300244007
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300244007.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurie M Wood, author
Florida State University