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  • John M. Collins
    John M. Collins
    PAT 111-C
    Phone: 509-359-6085
    Fax: 509.359.4275

    Courses Taught:  Here at Eastern Washington I teach the History of World Civilization from 1500 (Hist 103), both sections of the Western Heritage series (Hist 105 and 106), British History from Julius Caesar to David Cameron (Hist 430, 431, 432), the History of the British Empire (Hist 433), the History of Ireland (Hist 435), special topics courses on seventeenth century Britain and British law and constitutions (Hist 300), and a graduate readings course on Early Modern England (Hist 532). I am currently supervising a graduate student who focuses on Tudor England, and I am more than happy to supervise specialized research at the graduate or undergraduate level on any aspect of British history.

    Specializations:  I focus on the history of law in early modern Britain (1500-1870) and its dominions. I am now completing a project on the making of martial law and its transformation as it travelled through time and across space. It is under contract with Cambridge University Press. In the study, I focus on the intersection of law and war, the politics of jurisdiction and procedure, the rise of the Parliamentary war state, the construction and adaptation of legal concepts, the relationship between law and empire, and the jurisdictional politics of time. I have an article coming out on Parliament's adaptation of martial law practice in the October 2014 issue of the Journal of British Studies. I am also working on a history of wartime and imminent danger in English legal practice that complements my work on martial law but also moves beyond it to discuss conviction upon record, impressment, suspension of Habeas Corpus, and extra-parliamentary taxation.

    My long term interests include a study of the relationship between war, labor, martial law, and emancipation in the late eighteenth century. I am also planning the writing of a new legal history that synthesizes our understanding of important constitutional concepts while also taking into account their politics and their imperial, and eventually their post-colonial, contexts. I am also interested in conducting an archival study on the making and development of pass systems within and eventually beyond England's borders.

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