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Harvard Historical Studies 166

Settler Sovereignty

Jurisdiction and Indigenous People in America and Australia, 1788–1836

This book changes our understanding of the history of colonization. Lisa Ford has written a fascinating account of how and why early nineteenth-century Anglo-American settlers developed a newly expansive view of their power over indigenous people.—Stuart Banner, author of Possessing the Pacific: Land, Settlers, and Indigenous People from Australia to Alaska

This is a truly thoughtful analysis based on amazingly thorough research. Ford makes a good case for comparing Georgia and New South Wales, and establishes that a vibrant legal pluralism prevailed in those domains to the 1830s, a new and important finding.—Peter Karsten, University of Pittsburgh

A novel and bold intervention into current debates about the nature of law and violence in the British Empire, this well-written and superbly researched book is a significant contribution to the history of the modern nation state.—Tim Rowse, University of Western Sydney

Moving deftly between the North American mainland and New South Wales, and between the global and the local, Lisa Ford’s elegant study brings new levels of knowledge and interpretive sophistication to the history of Anglophone settler colonialism. Her focus is the ‘legal trinity’ of classic nation statehood—sovereignty, jurisdiction, and territory. Her innovation is to locate the realization of that trinity in the daily interactions of settlers with their reluctant indigenous neighbors. Ford’s impressive research shows that sovereign settler statehood was not achieved by imperial pronouncement but imposed on the ground, using the weapons of criminal law.—Christopher Tomlins, University of California, Irvine

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