Masters, Servants, and Magistrates in Britain and the Empire, 1562-1955
Edited by Douglas Hay, Paul Craven
608 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 4 figs., 19 tables, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-1473-1
Published: March 2014
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-7586-5
Published: October 2005
Studies in Legal History
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Sweeping in its geographic and temporal scope, this volume tests the relationship between enacted law and enforced law in varied settings, with different social and racial structures, different economies, and different constitutional relationships to Britain. Investigations of the enforcement of master and servant law in England, the British Caribbean, India, Africa, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, and colonial America shed new light on the nature of law and legal institutions, the role of inferior courts in compelling performance, and the definition of "free labor" within a multiracial empire.
David M. Anderson, St. Antony's College, Oxford
Michael Anderson, London School of Economics
Jerry Bannister, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia
M. K. Banton, National Archives of the United Kingdom, London
Martin Chanock, La Trobe University, Australia
Paul Craven, York University
Juanita De Barros, McMaster University
Christopher Frank, University of Manitoba
Douglas Hay, York University
Prabhu P. Mohapatra, Delhi University, India
Christopher Munn, University of Hong Kong
Michael Quinlan, University of New South Wales
Richard Rathbone, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Christopher Tomlins, American Bar Foundation, Chicago
Mary Turner, London University
About the Authors
Douglas Hay is associate professor of law and history at York University. He is coauthor of Eighteenth-Century English Society and coeditor of Policing and Prosecution in Britain, 1750-1850.
For more information about Douglas Hay, visit the Author Page.
Paul Craven is associate professor of labor studies at York University. He is editor of Labouring Lives: Work and Workers in Nineteenth-Century Ontario and author of An Impartial Umpire: Industrial Relations and the Canadian State, 1900-1911.
For more information about Paul Craven, visit the Author Page.
"A growing amount of attention has been paid to the question of master and servant legislation in England. . . . Masters, Servants, and Magistrates is the most important work so far and significantly extends our knowledge and understanding of this body of law."--Historical Studies in Industrial Relations
"Aptly . . . demonstrates the ways a group of medieval laws, created to serve the needs of a small country, could be reworked into a flexible system of employment procedures across a vast empire. . . . A valuable contribution to the areas of social history, legal history, and economic history."--Itinerario
"A rich and varied volume. . . . Turns the history of employment on its head."--Law and History Review
"The planning, organization and scope of the book are impressive. . . . [Masters, Servants and Magistrates in Britain and the Empire] is a seminal work which current and future scholars in the field will quarry and remain heavily indebted to for many years to come."--Labour History
"Masters, Servants, and Magistrates is a monumental achievement that contributes immeasurably to our understanding of several important subjects, including the history of employment law, the process of statutory 'borrowing,' and the practices of low-level magistrates."--Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal
"This is a big and important book that should prove invaluable reading for historians of both law and empire."--H-Albion