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Introduction

P.G. McHUGH

in Aboriginal Societies and the Common Law

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780198252481
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191710438 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198252481.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the focus of the book, which is the history of the encounter between the aboriginal peoples of North America and Australasia and the common law that British colonialism transplanted into their lands. It then discusses law and colonialism, aboriginal histories and common law, how the common law treats its own past, the idea of law in the Marshall judgments on Indian status (1823-1832), and aboriginal societies and the common law in the pre-modern era.

Keywords: aboriginal peoples; common law; British colonialism; aboriginalism

Chapter.  32889 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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