Military Justice in the Modern Era, c1850 – 1945
For a biography I'm working on, I submitted to the FBI a FOIA search request about a congressman of the first half of the 29th century, about whom I thought J. Edgar Hoover might have maintained a file. I explicitly added that my request included Hoover's files as well as all of the agency's records.
The response back was "no records."
Can I rely on that response? Does the FBI make THOROUGH searches?
Are Hoover's famous files on various politicians and others DEFINITELY INCLUDED in such a search by the FBI?
Is there anything else I could do?
Quick question from a colleague: I have a student who is interested in the history of courtroom procedure—more the performative aspect than the administrative one (though he is also interested in the “unwritten rules” of the judge-lawyer relationship). I want him to do some readings about the history of courts in the US so he can do some comparisons with the present. Do you have any suggestions for books (or articles) on the topic that would work well for an undergraduate?
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of History
IN MEMORIAM: JOHN PHILLIP REID (1930-2022)
2022 Student Research Colloquium
The American Society for Legal History will host the ninth annual Student Research Colloquium (SRC) on Wednesday, November 9, and Thursday, November 10, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois. The SRC annually brings eight graduate students to the site of the ASLH annual meeting to discuss their in-progress dissertations or other research projects with each other and with ASLH-affiliated scholars.
Dear colleagues and friends,
I am thrilled to announce the publication of my book Islamic Law in Circulation: Shafi'i Texts across the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean as part of the “Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization”. Ever since I researched this topic and began to think about it as a book, this has been my dream series! Super happy that it is coming out there itself!
Dear H-Net readers: I am excited to announced the publication of my new book, both as a free, open-access e-book and in traditional print format! Feel free to share the announcement below with students, fellow scholars, friends, and anyone else who may be interested.