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The Victorian Achievement of Sir Henry Maine
A Centennial Reappraisal

Sir John Lyons, Alan Diamond, George Feaver, John W. Burrow, Raymond Cocks, Krishan Kumar, Stefan Collini, Adam Kuper, Alan D. J. Macfarlane, Edward Shils, J. D. Y. Peel, Ray Abrahams, Peter G. Stein, William Twining, Calvin Woodard, David E. C. Yale, Bernard S. Jackson, John Lyons, Clive Dewey, Gordon Johnson, C. A. Bayly
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  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034548

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  • In The Victorian Achievement of Sir Henry Maine some of the world's leading scholars, in a wide range of disciplines, come together to consider the extraordinary achievement of Sir Henry Maine, sometime Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge (1877–1888) and one of the most powerful and original minds of the Victorian age. The disciplinary range and scholarly stature of the contributors is itself testimony to the fascination of Maine's work which, after a period of relative neglect, is now recognized as a unique and fecund contribution to the development of social scientific study. The book is divided into four sections, dealing with the principal strands of Maine's life and writing, viz. his views on social and political progress, his anthropological and social scientific works, his legal and jurisprudential thought and finally his writings on Indian affairs, the product (in part) of his experiences as the legal member of Council of the Governor-General from 1862 to 1869.

    • Examines the many and varied aspects of the life and times of one of the most influential minds of the Victorian age
    • After a recent period of neglect the contributors reveal interesting relevance in Maine's work for modern social sciences
    • All-star cast of contributors includes John Lyons, Edward Shils, Christopher Bayly, John Burrow and many others
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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034548
    • length: 472 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.714kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors
    Foreword Sir John Lyons
    Introduction Alan Diamond
    1. The Victorian values of Sir Henry Maine George Feaver
    Part I. Maine and the Idea of Progress:
    2. Henry Maine and mid-Victorian ideas of progress John W. Burrow
    3. Maine, progress and theory Raymond Cocks
    4. Maine and the theory of progress Krishan Kumar
    5. Democracy and excitement: Maine's political pessimism Stefan Collini
    Part II. Maine and the Social Sciences:
    6. The rise and fall of Maine's patriarchal society Adam Kuper
    7. Some contributions of Maine to history and anthropology Alan D. J. Macfarlane
    8. Henry Sumner Maine in the tradition of the analysis of society Edward Shils
    9. Maine as an ancestor of the social sciences J. D. Y. Peel
    10. Ancient Law and modern fieldwork Ray Abrahams
    Part III. Maine on Law, Legal Change and Legal Education:
    11. Maine and legal education Peter G. Stein
    12. Maine and legal education: a comment William Twining
    13. A wake (or awakening?) for historical jurisprudence Calvin Woodard
    14. Further thoughts on Maine's historical jurisprudence David E. C. Yale
    15. Fictions, equity and legislation: Maine's three agencies of legal change Alan Diamond
    16. Law and language: a metaphor in Maine, a model for his successors? Bernard S. Jackson
    17. Linguistics and law: the legacy of Sir Henry Maine John Lyons
    Part IV. Maine and India:
    18. The influence of Sir Henry Maine on agrarian policy in India Clive Dewey
    19. India and Henry Maine Gordon Johnson
    20. Maine and change in nineteenth-century India C. A. Bayly
    Appendix: the conference programme
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    Alan Diamond, Trinity College, Cambridge

    Contributors

    Sir John Lyons, Alan Diamond, George Feaver, John W. Burrow, Raymond Cocks, Krishan Kumar, Stefan Collini, Adam Kuper, Alan D. J. Macfarlane, Edward Shils, J. D. Y. Peel, Ray Abrahams, Peter G. Stein, William Twining, Calvin Woodard, David E. C. Yale, Bernard S. Jackson, John Lyons, Clive Dewey, Gordon Johnson, C. A. Bayly

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