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ASLH publishes Law & History Review through the Cambridge University Press. The journal is available online via the History Cooperative and JSTOR.

Recent Content

Western Legal History CFP

Please review and share this CFP (follow the link for full details) for an upcoming symposium and anthology, "Laying Down the Law: Critical Legal Histories of the North American West," co-sponsored by the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University and the University of Lincoln's Department of History and Center for Great Plains Studies

CONF: Reconciliation and Justice (Vienna, 20-22 May 2015)

Conference Announcement

Reconciliation and Justice
5th Intercultural Interdisciplinary Colloquium

polylog: Forum for Intercultural Philosophy
In cooperation with the Institute for Science and Art (IWK – Vienna),
the Viennese Society for Intercultural Philosophy (WiGiP),
the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Vienna,
and the Forum Scientiarum at the University of Tübingen

In Memoriam Peter Gay (1923-2015)

Peter Gay (1923-12 May 2015), a leading historian whose specialties included the European Enlightenment, died on 12 May 2015; he was 91 years old.  Born Peter Joachim Frolich in Berlin in 1923, he and his family left Germany in 1939 to flee anti-Jewish persecution by the Hitler regime, arriving in Havana, Cuba, and then emigrating to the United States in 1941.  He was graduated from the University of Denver in 1946 and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in history at Columbia University in 1947 and 1951, respectively, publishing his dissertation, a study of Eduard Bernstein, in 1952.

In Memoriam Michael O'Brien (1947-2015)

Cambridge University has posted online a brief but affecting obituary for the noted intellectual historian Michael O'Brien, who died on 6 May 2015 after a brief illness, only a short time after his retirement.  He was a leading intellectual historian whose magnum opus was CONJECTURES OF ORDER: INTELLECTUAL LIFE IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1810-1860 (2 vols., University of North Carolina Press, 2004; abridged paperback ed., 2010).

The official Cambridge University obituary is online at:

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