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Re-Interpreting Blackstone's Commentaries


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I WORDS AND VISIONS 1 Blackstone's 'Stutter': the (Anti)Performance of the Commentaries Kathryn Temple William Blackstone: Courtroom Dramatist? Simon Stern 2 Blackstone as Draughtsman: Picturing the Law Cristina S Martinez 3 Blackstone's Commentaries: England's Legal Georgic? Michael Meehan II BEYOND ENGLAND 4 Blackstone in the Bayous: Inscribing Slavery in the Louisiana Digest of 1808 John W Cairns Legal Jambalaya Stephen M Sheppard 5 Blackstone and the Birth of Quebec's Distinct Legal Culture 1765-1867 Michel Morin 6 Blackstone's Ghost: Law and Legal Education in North Carolina John V Orth 7 Antipodean Blackstone Wilfrid Prest III LAW AND POLITICS 8 Blackstone's King Paul D Halliday Modern Blackstone: the King's Two Bodies, the Supreme Court and the President Ruth Paley 9 Blackstone's Commentaries and the Origins of Modern Constitutionalism Horst Dippel 10 Reading Blackstone in the Twenty-First Century and the Twenty-First Century through Blackstone Jessie Allen

About the Author

Wilfrid Prest is Professor Emeritus in Law and History at the University of Adelaide.


Re-interpreting Blackstone's Commentaries is both instructive and enjoyable. -- Christopher Tomlins * Adelaide Law Review *
Overall [Wilf] Prest's work is original and well worth-reading (...) He managed to compile a modern and exciting book, dealing with one of the eternal topics of legal history. (Translated from the original German review) -- Helge Dedek * Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung fur Rechtsgeschichte *

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