By James Bryce
This quantity includes a choice of reviews composed at diverse instances over an extended sequence of years. It treats of various issues: but via lots of them there runs a typical thread, that of a comparability among the heritage and legislation of Rome and the heritage and legislation of britain. the writer has dealt with this comparability from numerous issues of view, making use of it in a single essay to the expansion of the Roman and British Empires, in one other to the extension over the area in their respective felony structures, in one other to their Constitutions, in others to their laws, in one other to a major department in their deepest civil legislation. the subject is one ecocnomic to a scholar of the heritage of both state; and it has now not been principally taken care of by way of any writers ahead of Bryce, as certainly few historians comment on the criminal elements of historical past. this is often quantity one out of 2.
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Not only is this mountain mass the loftiest and most impassable to be found anywhere on our earth; it is backed by a wide stretch of high and barren country, so thinly peopled as to be incapable of constituting a menace to those who live in the plains south of the Himalayas. And in point of fact the relations, commercial as well as political, of India with Tibet, and with the Chinese who are suzerains of Tibet, have been, at least in historical times, extremely scanty. On the east, India is divided from the Indo-Chinese peoples, Talains, Burmese and Shahs, by a belt of almost impenetrable hill and forest country: nor have these peoples ever been formidable neighbours.
No man enjoyed any rights at all, public or private, except a citizen of the Republic. A stranger coming to reside in the city did not, no matter how long he lived there, nor did his son or grandson, obtain those rights unless he was specially admitted to become a citizen. From this principle Rome, as she grew, presently found herself obliged to deviate. She admitted one set of neighbours after another, sometimes as allies, sometimes in later days, as conquered and incorporated communities, to a citizenship which was sometimes incomplete, including only private civil rights, sometimes 40 ROMAN AND BRITI_H EMPIRE,_ complete, including the right of voting in the assembly and the right of being chosen to a pubhc office.
As early as the time of Nero, an Aquitanian chief, Julius Vindex, was legate of the great province of Gallia Lugdunensis. When the imperial throne itself was filled by provincials, as was often the case from Traian onwards, it was plain that the pre-eminence of Italy was gone. If a man, otherwise eligible, was not a full Roman citizen, the Emperor forthwith made him one. :By the time of the Antonines (A. D. 138-180 ) there was practically no distinction between a Roman and a provincial citizen; and we may safely assume that the large maiority of important posts, both military and civil, were held by men of provincial extraction.
Studies in History and Jurisprudence vol 1 by James Bryce