Edited by Eduardo Zimmermann . Published 1999. ISBN 9781900039307
The relevance of lawyers and jurists in the process of state-building in nineteenth-century Latin America has been widely acknowledged. As a profession, lawyers were not only key actors in their respective societies, but were also instrumental in shaping the basic political and judicial institutions of the new nation states. This collection of essays assembles a series of studies dealing with the interaction between the legal world and the wider political economic, social and cultural processes in which the transition from colonial status to independent nationhood took place. Rather than viewing this transition as a radical transformation of judicial institutions and practices, emphasis has been put upon the continuities between those two phases. The chapters range from general overviews of both colonial and republican Spanish America to more detailed case studies of Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.