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Reformation on the record

With apologies for cross posting

The British Records Association is delighted to support The National Archives (UK) in developing a research network to support the work of postgraduate students, early career researchers and scholars who use the Reformation-related collections of The National Archives as part of their research. The inaugural meeting of this research network will take place at a forthcoming conference which will raise awareness of current research into the Reformation using the records of The National Archives.


"Law Books: History & Connoisseurship," June 10-15 at Yale

Rare Book School is now accepting applications for "Law Books: History & Connoisseurship," a week-long, intensive course that will be offered June 10-15, 2018, at the Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut.
This year marks my sixth time teaching the course, and the first time that I will be most ably assisted by Ryan Greenwood, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Law Library.
This intensive, week-long course is about building focused, interesting, and useful collections of historical materials in A

Call for applications: Masters/Doctoral/Postdoctoral fellowships -- Water Law in Mandate Palestine -- Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law

This call is for a one-year or semester-long fellowship for a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow wishing to work on the history of water law in Israel/Palestine or a related topic (such as the history of water law in a related jurisdiction, the history of related areas of law in Israel/Palestine, legal transfers in the British Empire, etc.). The fellowship is part of the Israel Science Foundation-funded research project headed by Dr. David Schorr: "Private and Public Water Rights in Mandate Palestine and Early Israel".

Michelle A. McKinley
Lyman Johnson

Johnson on McKinley, 'Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Intimacy, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Lima, 1600-1700'

Michelle A. McKinley. Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Intimacy, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Lima, 1600-1700. Studies in Legal History Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 294 pp. $99.99 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-107-16898-5.

Reviewed by Lyman Johnson (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
Published on H-Law (December, 2017)
Commissioned by Laurent Corbeil