Madness on Trial: A Transatlantic History of English Civil Law and Lunacy

Author:   James Moran
Publisher:   Manchester University Press
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9781526133038


Pages:   272
Publication Date:   13 May 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Madness on Trial: A Transatlantic History of English Civil Law and Lunacy


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This book examines the powerful influence of civil law on understandings and responses to madness in England and in New Jersey. The influence of civil law on the history of madness has not hitherto been of major academic investigation. This body of law, established and developed over a five hundred year period, greatly influenced how those from England's propertied classes understood and responded to madness. Moreover, the civil law governing the response to madness in England was successfully exported into several of its colonies, including New Jersey. Drawing on a well-preserved and rare collection of trials in lunacy in New Jersey, this book reveals the important ties of civil law, local custom and perceptions of madness in transatlantic perspectives. This book will be highly relevant to scholars interested in law, medicine, psychiatry and madness studies, as well as contemporary issues in mental capacity and guardianship. -- .

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Author:   James Moran
Publisher:   Manchester University Press
Imprint:   Manchester University Press
ISBN:  

9781526133038


ISBN 10:   1526133032
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   13 May 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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James Moran is Professor in History at the University of Prince Edward Island -- .

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