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Imagining World Order
Literature and International Law in Early Modern Europe, 1500–1800
Chenxi Tang
In early modern Europe, international law emerged as a means of governing relations between rapidly consolidating sovereign states, purporting to establish a normative order for the perilous international world. However, it was intrinsically fragile and uncertain, for sovereign states had no acknowledged common authority that would create...



The Clamor of Lawyers
The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession
Peter Charles Hoffer, Williamjames Hull Hoffer
The Clamor of Lawyers explores a series of extended public pronouncements that British North American colonial lawyers crafted between 1761 and 1776. Most, though not all, were composed outside of the courtroom and detached from on-going litigation. While they have been studied as political theory, these writings and speeches are rarely viewed...



The Poison Plot
A Tale of Adultery and Murder in Colonial Newport
Elaine Forman Crane
An accusation of attempted murder rudely interrupted Mary Arnold’s dalliances with working men and her extensive shopping sprees. When her husband Benedict fell deathly ill and then asserted she had tried to kill him with poison, the result was a dramatic petition for divorce. The case before the Rhode Island General Assembly and its tumultuous...



Women Will Vote
Winning Suffrage in New York State
Susan Goodier, Karen Pastorello
Women Will Vote celebrates the 2017 centenary of women’s right to full suffrage in New York State. Susan Goodier and Karen Pastorello highlight the activism of rural, urban, African American, Jewish, immigrant, and European American women, as well as male suffragists, both upstate and downstate, that led to the positive outcome of the 1917...



A Colonial Affair
Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French India
Danna Agmon
A Colonial Affair traces the 1716 conviction of Nayiniyappa, a Tamil commercial agent employed by the French East India Company, for tyranny and sedition, and his subsequent public torture, the loss of his wealth, the exile of his family, and his ultimate exoneration. Danna Agmon’s gripping microhistory is a vivid guide to the "Nayiniyappa...



The Judges of the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit



Hear My Sad Story
The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee," "John Henry," and Other Traditional American Folk Songs
Richard Polenberg
In Hear My Sad Story, Richard Polenberg describes the historical events that led to the writing of many famous American folk songs that served as touchstones for generations of American musicians, lyricists, and...



Amne Adverso
Roman Legal Heritage in European Culture
Laurent Waelkens
Laurent Waelkens provides an introduction to the history of Roman law and its institutions, as they developed from antiquity until the nineteenth century.



Honor, Vengeance, and Social Trouble
Pardon Letters in the Burgundian Low Countries
Peter Arnade, Peter J. Arnade, Walter Prevenier
An example of microhistory at its best, this book offers a new perspective on the socal history of medieval and early modern Europe and on historiography more...



Ties that Bind
Cultural Identity, Class, and Law in Vietnam's Labor Resistance
Tran Ngoc Angie
This book explores Vietnamese labor history from the French colonial period to the contemporary era, tracing a vibrant tradition of workers' resistance to oppressive conditions.



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