Next to Athens and London, this is the place that one can truly say ‘it all started here’. A locale inspiring two national and two state constitutions … In 14 years (1776-1790), no less. What is there about top-down constitution writing? Why were technocratically scholars so confident that government founding/refounding could be launched with a constitutional instrument? References to the San Marino Constitution (8 October 1600) welcome. The International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions (founded in 1936) invites scholars to propose papers to this panel; this is scheduled in conjunction with the American Historical Association's 2023 meeting in Philadelphia, PA USA from 5 to 8 January 2023. The International Commission is an AHA affiliated society. The names of presenters and the titles of their papers will appear in the AHA's print and online program. Please submit the title of your proposed essay by 25 May 2022. Consideration is being given to conducting this event as a hybrid F2F / Zoom proceeding, so scholars should not assume that attendance is mandatory.
Peter J. Aschenbrenner
National Convenor (US)