29 July 2021

BOOK: Brendan RÖDER. Der Körper des Priesters. Gebrechen im Katholizismus der Frühen Neuzeit. Campus: 2021. EUR 43.


Muss ein katholischer Priester einen unversehrten Körper haben? Darf ein Geistlicher einen physischen Makel verbergen? Was geschieht, wenn das weibliche Geschlecht einer Nonne bezweifelt wird? Wer entscheidet überhaupt, welcher Körper für Kleriker geeignet ist und welcher nicht? Brendan Röder zeigt anhand bisher unbekannter Quellen, auch aus dem Archiv der römischen Konzilskongregation, wie wichtig diese Fragen für individuelle Lebenswege und die Institution der katholischen Kirche in der Frühen Neuzeit waren. Das Buch analysiert den Körper als Gegenstand von Aushandlungsprozessen, an denen einfache Kleriker, Bischöfe und Päpste, aber auch Gläubige und medizinische Experten beteiligt waren. Dabei werden langandauernde Mechanismen der Exklusion sichtbar; deutlich wird aber auch, wie kreativ und flexibel man in der Praxis mit ungewöhnlicher Körperlichkeit umging.

Dr. Brendan Röder is a Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in SFB 1369 "Vigilanzkulturen"

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28 July 2021

CALL FOR ARTICLES: Rechtskultur (DEADLINE: 30 October 2022)


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We learned of a call for contributions to the 2022 issue of Rechtskultur.

Law and Reconstruction after crisis will be the theme for the 2022 volume of Rechtskultur. The editors want to focus on law as a tool for social engineering and how it has been applied to reconstruct society after very different crises like the 30-years war, the cholera pandemics or the fall of the Berlin Wall. The editors welcome contributions from all relevant fields of science with a maximum length of 100 000 characters. Contributions should be submitted by using within 30. October 2022. All contributions will be peer reviewed, and admittance for publications rests on the merits of the contribution alone. For further information please visit our wegpage

SCHOLARSHIP: Academy Scholars Program (recent PhD Recipient/doctoral candidates,, DEADLINE 1 OCT 2021)


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The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences or law with a command of the language and history or culture of countries or regions outside of the United States or Canada. Their scholarship may elucidate domestic, comparative, or transnational issues, past or present. The Academy Scholars are a select community of individuals with resourcefulness, initiative, curiosity, and originality, whose work in cultures or regions outside of the US or Canada shows promise as a foundation for exceptional careers in major universities or international institutions. Academy Scholars are appointed for a two-year, in-residence, postdoctoral fellowship at The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. They receive substantial financial and research assistance to undertake sustained projects of research and/or acquire accessory training in their chosen fields and areas. The Senior Scholars, a distinguished group of senior Harvard University faculty members, act as mentors to the Academy Scholars to help them achieve their intellectual potential.

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27 July 2021

RESEARCH PROJECT: NYU-Yale American Indian Sovereignty Project


(image: Prof. Maggie Blackhawk; source: NYU)


On July 2, NYU Law announced the establishment of the NYU-Yale American Indian Sovereignty Project, whose goals include supporting the sovereignty of Native nations and addressing the impact of American colonialism on Native peoples. Professor of Law Maggie Blackhawk (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe) and Ned Blackhawk (Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada), professor of history and American Studies at Yale University, will jointly run the multi-year project.

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26 July 2021

BOOK: Oliver Jens SCHMITT, I Balcani nel Novecento. Una storia postimperiale (1912-2000) ( Bologna: Il Mulino, 2021). ISBN: 9788815291271, pp. 408, € 30,00


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Collana: Le vie della civiltà

Un secolo fa i grandi imperi nell'Europa orientale crollarono. Gli stati che ne hanno preso il posto hanno cercato di emanciparsi dal passato ma l'eredità asburgica e ottomana è ancora in molti modi presente. Adottando una prospettiva post-imperiale, il volume riesce ad abbracciare in un'unica visione i Balcani del Novecento, visti come una grande regione caratterizzata da linee di continuità che l'attraversano pur entro il succedersi dei regimi. Confrontando a livello transnazionale gli sviluppi fondamentali in politica, società, economia e cultura, il volume mette in luce le differenze e le somiglianze sia dei singoli paesi, sia dell'intera regione nel più largo contesto europeo.


Oliver Jens Schmitt is a professor of South-East European history at the University of Vienna since 2005. He is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. 

23 July 2021

BOOK: Brian Z. TAMANAHA, Legal Pluralism Explained. History, Theory, Consequences (Oxford: University Press, 2021). ISBN: 9780190861568, pp. 232, $29.95


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Legal pluralism involves the coexistence of multiple forms of law. This involves state law, international law, transnational law, customary law, religious law, indigenous law, and the law of distinct ethnic or cultural communities. Legal pluralism is a subject of discussion today in legal anthropology, legal sociology, legal history, postcolonial legal studies, women's rights and human rights, comparative law, international law, transnational law, European Union law, jurisprudence, and law and development scholarship.

A great deal of confusion and theoretical disagreement surrounds discussions of legal pluralism—which this book aims to clarify and help resolve. Drawing on historical and contemporary studies—including the Medieval period, the Ottoman Empire, postcolonial societies, Native peoples, Jewish and Islamic law, Western state legal systems, transnational law, as well as others—it shows that the dominant image of the state with a unified legal system exercising a monopoly over law is, and has always been, false and misleading. State legal systems are internally pluralistic in various ways and multiple manifestations of law coexist in every society. This book explains the underlying reasons for and sources of legal pluralism, identifies its various consequences, uncovers its conceptual and normative implications, and resolves current theoretical disputes in ways that are useful for social scientists, theorists, jurists, and law and development scholars and practitioners.


Brian Z. Tamanaha is a jurisprudence and law and society scholar, and the author of nine books and over fifty articles and book chapters. His books have received six awards, including the 2019 IVR Book Prize for best book in legal philosophy, the 2006 Dennis Leslie Mahoney Prize in Legal Theory, and the 2002 Herbert Jacob Book Prize in Law and Society. Altogether his publications have been translated into eleven languages. He has delivered eight named lectures around the globe, including the Kobe Memorial Lecture in Tokyo and the Julius Stone Address in Sydney. He spent a year in residence as Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His work has been the subject of four published symposia, and his books have been reviewed in many venues, including the Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Cambridge Law Journal, Law and Society Review, and Law and History Review. He is the John S, Lehmann University Professor at Washington University School of Law.


Introduction: Three Themes
Chapter One: Legal Pluralism in Historical Context
Chapter Two: Postcolonial Legal Pluralism
Chapter Three: Legal Pluralism in the West
Chapter Four: National to Transnational Legal Pluralism
Chapter Five: Abstract Versus Folk Legal Pluralism
Conclusion: Legal Pluralism Explained

More information with the publisher.

22 July 2021

Paper: Gregoire BIGOT. La théorie de l’État en France face à son histoire. Pouvoirs, nº 177



The Theory of the State in France in Historical Perspective

The purpose of the theory of the state, which emerged in France under the Third Republic, is to provide a judicial definition of the state so that political relations may be resolved on the basis of legal relations. A priori a-historical, it has not stood the test of time so well. The judicialization of the state was practically inexistant before it was reinvented by scholars. From the Middle Ages, it was the sovereign incarnate (the king) or the sovereign desincarnate (the crown) that controlled sovereignty and the law. In 1789, it was the nation alone which embodied sovereignty, whereas rights partook of the foundation of politics. Because liberal constitutionalism does not take the state into consideration, the theorisation of the state cannot be a politically neutral operation.

Gregoire Bigot is professor of legal history at the Université de Nantes

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21 July 2021

PAPER: Santi ROMANO. O Estado moderno e a sua crise. Revista Brasileira de Estudos Políticos, 2021/1



The Brazilian Review of Political  Studies has published a translation into Portuguese of the famous 1909 article of Italian scholar Santi Romano, Lo stato moderno e la sua crisi.

Santi Romano (1875-1947) was professor of administrative law at the University of Rome La Sapienza and president of the Italian Council of State.

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20 July 2021

BOOK: Francesco MIGLIORINO. Letture corsarie di Tulio Ascarelli. Penalisti e criminologi da Weimar al Terzo Reich. (Milano: Giuffrè, 2021). ISBN 9788828831501. EUR 22.



Questo libro nasce dalla scoperta degli scritti di un inedito Tullio Ascarelli, che si era occupato diffusamente dello studio, del commento e della traduzione di opere tedesche in materia di diritto penale e criminologia. Un numero davvero ragguardevole di testi, apparse nella vivacissima rivista «La Giustizia Penale», che danno a vedere l’ampiezza e varietà di interessi di un intellettuale di inesausta ansia di conoscenza e progresso. In particolare, l'Autore si è imbattuto nelle recensioni di tre importanti lavori di Freud, nelle quali, tra le altre cose, erano discusse le aree di contagio tra psicoanalisi e diritto. L'Autore ha raccolto questi contributi e ne propone un commento, partendo dalla struttura e il funzionamento della rivista sulla quale sono stati pubblicati, per poi occuparsi degli scritti rinvenuti, che offrono un formidabile contributo alla comprensione del clima giuridico e culturale di quegli anni cruciali per la storia della Germania, dalla Repubblica di Weimar al Terzo Reich.

Francesco Migliorino: Francesco Migliorino is full professor of Legal History at the Law Department of the University of Catania (Italy). His interests include the textuality of medieval canon law, the codes of conduct in public social action, the construction of modern subjectivity, the dichotomy Human/Inhuman in the meshes of law, and the areas of contagion between psychoanalysis and law. He has written several monographic essays including: Fama e infamia (Giannotta, Catania, 1985); In terris Ecclesiae (Il Cigno Galileo Galilei, Roma, 1992); Mysteria concursus (Giuffrè, Milano 1999); Il corpo come testo (Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 2008); and Edoardo Weiss e «La Giustizia Penale» (Bonanno, Roma-Catania, 2016). He is also the author of a short film (“Aria”) on criminal asylums in Italy in the 1930s.


19 July 2021

BOOK: Christel Annemieke ROMEIN, Protecting the Fatherland: Lawsuits and Political Debates in Jülich, Hesse-Cassel and Brittany (1642-1655) (Cham: Springer, 2021). ISBN 978-3-030-74240-9, OPEN ACCESS


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Springer has published a new book, in open access, in its Studies in the History of Law and Justice series.


This open access book presents a comparative analysis of the use of fatherland terminology in a political and legal context in Jülich, Hesse-Cassel and Brittany from 1642 to 1655. Fatherland terminology includes words such as patria, patriot and nation. In historiography, the use of these words by the nobility is often interpreted as an early sign of nationalism that conflicted with the prince’s initiation of state-building. The book argues that neither ‘states’ nor ‘nationalism’ truly existed yet; rather, the political arena was dominated by dynasties. Further, it rejects the notion of deliberate state-building and demonstrates that the nobility used this terminology to object to princely politics as part of adopting a “presupposed office.” This status allowed the nobility to place itself outside the ruler-subject constellation and critique the situation. The Duchy of Jülich and the Landgraviate of Hesse-Cassel are used as examples of small economies of scale with homogenous nobilities, and ones where the Thirty Year’s War hit hard – which led to the illegal levying of taxes and the billeting of soldiers, and in turn to the nobility critiquing princely politics. In contrast, the Duchy of Brittany, with its large economy of scale and heterogeneous nobility, found an alternative way of pursuing its interests and keeping taxes as low as possible. The goal of this book is to discuss and present three representative cases that offer insights into how the nobility safeguarded the welfare and prosperity of the fatherland and its inhabitants.


Annemieke Romein obtained her PhD at Erasmus University in 2016 on a comparative study of the political terminology of the fatherland, patria and patriot in Hessen-Kassel, Gulik and Bretagne. In 2017 she received an NWO Rubicon grant with which she worked in Ghent from September 2017 to February 2020 on a project on political-institutional/legal history, a comparison between the regions of Flanders and Holland between 1576-1702. She was a Researcher-in-Residence/ project leader of the Digital Humanities “Entangled Histories” project at the KB National Library of the Netherlands. Since 2020 she is working at Huygens ING where she continues her research into early modern provincial regulations with her NWO Veni project ‘A Game of Thrones?’.

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16 July 2021

SUMMER: Light Blogging until 16 AUG 2021


(image: "Modern Rome" (1757) by G.P. Panini/source: Metropolitan Museum of Art/Wikimedia Commons)

We hope our readers can prudently enjoy the Summer for a 'Grand Tour' of open-air monuments and sparsely visited museums. The blogging team will be partly disconnected as well. 

From tomorrow until Monday 16 August, there will only be light blogging. 'Light' does not equal a 'break'. This means that we will probably publish something every two to three days, instead of the usual rhythm. Messages sent to will be consulted from 16 August on.

The daily mails sent out by google appear to continue (albeit at irregular and unpredictable hours), in spite of the previous notice we received of this service's termination. 

BOOK: Margareth LANZINGER et al. (Eds.), Negotiations of Gender and Property through Legal Regimes (14th-19th Century) - Stipulating, Litigating, Mediating (Leiden/New York: Brill, 2021). ISBN 978-90-04-45418-7, 130.00 EUR


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Brill has published “Negotiations of Gender and Property through Legal Regimes (14th-19th Century) - Stipulating, Litigating, Mediating”.


This volume explores familial wealth arrangements and gendered property from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries in Italian, German and Austrian territories (including Florence, Trento, Tyrol, and Vienna), Nordic countries, Western Pyrenees, and England. Family property as capital in the form of houses, land, movables, financial assets, and rights were of great importance in the past. Arrangements of such property were characterised by a high degree of negotiating competence but likewise they entailed competition between the parties involved and were highly conflict prone. Fifteen contributors from Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK address different marital property regimes in relation to the practices and legal regulations of inheritance patterns with consideration to inter-familial negotiation, conflict, and resolution. 


Margareth Lanzinger, Ph.D. (1999), is Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Vienna. She has published monographs, edited volumes, and many articles on kinship and property, including The Routledge History of the Domestic Sphere (16th to 19th Century) (2020), co-edited with Joachim Eibach. 

Janine Maegraith, Ph.D. (2005), is Research Associate at the University of Vienna. She has published widely on topics in social history of early modern central Europe, including “Landlessness”. Reviewing the Early Modern Property Structure in Southern Tyrol, in Zeitschrift für Agrargeschichte und Agrarsoziologie 68, 1 (2020). 

Siglinde Clementi, Ph.D. (2016), is Vice Director of the Competence Centre for Regional History at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. She has published widely on early modern Tyrol, gender and women’s history. Körper, Selbst und Melancholie. Die Selbstzeugnisse des Landadeligen Osvaldo Ercole Trapp (1634–1710) (2017). 

Ellinor Forster, Ph.D. (2008), is Assistant Professor at the Institute for History and European Ethnology at the University of Innsbruck. She has published widely on spatial concepts, political and symbolic communication, legal and gender history, including Demarkationslinie Eherecht. Geschlechtsspezifische Nachwirkungen der Rechtspluralität von Tiroler Landesordnung versus Trienter Statut und österreichischem versus französischem Recht (1815–1856), in Vormärz. Eine geteilte Geschichte Trentino-Tirols / Vormärz. Una Storia Condivisa Trento-Tirolese (2017). 

Christian Hagen, Ph.D. (2013), is Research Associate at the University of Kiel. He published on Medieval economic, social, urban, regional, and cultural history, including Fürstliche Herrschaft und kommunale Teilhabe. Die Städte der Grafschaft Tirol im Spätmittelalter (2015).


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NEWS: Princeton University Press – Second Annual Summer Sale


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Princeton University Press is having its second annual summer sale:

What is summer, really, if not the ideal time to grow your library? We are here to help make this possible. From July 14–July 21, nearly every PUP book purchased through our website will be discounted 50% when the code PUP21 is used at checkout. The offer is valid worldwide and there is no limit on the number of books that can be ordered, though some exclusions apply. Unsure where to get started? Looking for gift ideas? During the sale, we will make available several thematic “shopping guides” to aid in navigating some of our lists. Happy summer and happy summer reading!

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15 July 2021

JOURNAL: Revue interdisciplinaire d'études juridiques LXXXVI (2021), No. 1


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Le pluralisme juridique retrouvé au temps des désordres écologiques. Penser la relation entre le droit et les communs de la terre avec Paolo Grossi (Alessia Tanas & Serge Gutwirth) (DOI 10.3917/riej.086.0037)
In this contribution, the authors introduce a few key aspects of Paolo Grossi’s research path and link them to their work on the legal questions raised by landed-commons and local ecologies.

Une autre façon de posséder. Réflexions historico/juridiques sur les aménagements fonciers en Italie (Paolo Grossi) (DOI 10.3917/riej.086.0055)


In his contribution Paolo Grossi provides his viewpoint as a legal historian on collective land set-ups in Italy and shows how, through constitutional jurisprudence and the adoption of Law n° 168 of 20 November 2017, the Italian legal order not only recognizes their legal autonomy but also recovers its pluralism and complexity. Such recognition benefits to the protection of the environmentr.

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14 July 2021

JOURNAL: Pro Memorie. Bijdragen tot de Rechtsgeschiedenis der Nederlanden XXIII (2021), no. 1


Pro Memorie. Bijdragen tot de rechtsgeschiedenis der Nederlanden, a Belgian-Dutch peer reviewed journal of legal history, has recently moved to Amsterdam University Press. The journal archives its past issues in open access with a two year-moving wall. The most recent issue contains the following papers and book reviews:
  • Redactioneel
  • 'Het quaestieuze verdronkene goud'
    • Door Hylkje de Jong 
    • Zacharias Huber (1669-1732) evaluated in the revised  arguments, hitherto unknown, which were brought forward in a case, pursued before the Court of Friesland and decided on December 14th 1718. The case dealt with the ownership of a box with gold, found on the beach of Schiermonnikoog in 1710 and which came from the ship , shipwrecked off the coast in 1674. Newly found civil records show that Maria Wilree (1667-1729) from Amsterdam started the procedure to recover the box with gold, because it purportedly belonged to her father Dirck Wilree (1636-1674), director-general for the West India Company in Guinea and who died in the shipwrecking. She took legal action against Henrica Helmhout, regent of Schiermonnikoog and receiver of wrecks, and Gillis Vermeersch, representative of the West India Company. Only Vermeersch was successful in his argument, which he based on the instructions of the Company: it was forbidden to transport unregistered private goods. Such goods forfeited immediately to the Company. Consequently, Wilree claimed for the Company ownership and possession of the box with gold. Helmhout claimed to be the owner by prescription. Their arguments appear not to have been convincing. 
  • Machtsmisbruik, collectieve actie en heerlijk gezag in het land van Westerlo: het politieke proces tegen Jean Philippe Eugène de Merode in 1724
    • Door Klaas van Gelder
    • In 1724, the prosecutor-general of the Grand Council of Malines, the supreme court of the Austrian Netherlands, opened a judicial investigation into the marquis of Westerlo, one of the highest aristocrats in the Low Countries. It was alleged that he had abused his power against a peasant from Herselt, one of the villages in the marquisate of Westerlo. The investigation ultimately led nowhere, but its records do reveal frequent and far-reaching abuses of power against the inhabitants of the marquisate. Moreover, they show that the villagers were not powerless but could organise themselves in various ways against their lord’s coercive actions. Additionally, the case illustrates the gradual and growing penetration of the state apparatus into the administration of local seigneuries. Finally, this essay demonstrates the need for more research on the relationships between lords and villagers. This is a neglected field of inquiry although the majority of the population in the Austrian Netherlands lived in the countryside, large parts of which consisted of seigneuries. 
  • Strafverzachting door Hof van Assisen van West-Vlaanderen in de Hollandse periode (1814-1830)
    • Door Jos Monballyu
    • This contribution deals with the softening of sentences by the Assize Court of West Flanders in the Dutch period (1814-1830). It is successively examined how the judges in this Court made use of a number of provisions in the  of 1810 to pursue their own sentencing policy, secondly, how the same judges, by re-qualifying the facts that the public prosecutor had brought to them defendant, succeeded in imposing a lesser sentence than that claimed by the prosecutor, third, how those same judges made use of the decisions of September 9, 1814 and January 20, 1815, invoking extenuating circumstances, to impose a lesser penalty than that determined in the  of 1810 and finally how King William I converted some death sentences into lesser punishments with his right of grace. 
  • Rogier versus Jottrand: dure beledigingen in de Belgische opiniepers (1861-1863)
    • Door Frederik Dhondt 
    • The Belgian Constitution guaranteed political liberty, exemplified by the mandatory competence of the jury for judging political and press offences. However, the constitution did not literally mention quasi-delicts. In 1861, liberal statesman Charles Rogier was insulted by the ultramontanist Catholic newspaper . He sued the newspaper’s printer under tort law, and obtained a considerable amount of damages, bypassing the jury. Progressive radical lawyer Lucien Jottrand, former member of the Constituent Assembly, argued at length that the constitution exclusively reserved competence for both civil and criminal liability to the jury. The Brussels Court of Appeal and the Court of Cassation rejected this reasoning and insisted on the superior natural law-origins of tort law. Yet, this decision created a risk of private censorship, well documented in the press and in private archives on the legal battle around the 
  • Boekbespreking "Géraldine Cazals, L’arrestographie flamande. Jurisprudence et littérature juridique à la fin de l’Ancien Régime (1668-1789) [Bibliothèque des Lumières XCIII], Librarie Droz S.A., Genève, 2018, 344 p., ISBN 9782600058230, € 42,00"
  • Boekbespreking "Peter van den Berg, Kolonialisme en codificatie. Hoofdstukken uit de Caribische en Amerikaanse rechtsgeschiedenis, Boom, Den Haag, 2020, 390 p., ISBN 9789462908239, € 59,00"

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13 July 2021

CONFERENCE: Law(s) and International relations : actors, institutions and comparative legislations (Orléans, 15-17 SEP 2021)


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Conference description:

In the last twenty years, the study of the history of international law and of international relations has witnessed something of a renaissance. The bicentenary of the Congress of Vienna (1814-1815) also led to several new publications on the Congress System and on the “security culture” that was established in the aftermath of Napoleon. Nevertheless, many lacunae remain, especially regarding the relationship between law(s) and international relations during the long nineteenth century and in the sociocultural history of international law as a discipline with its own actors, networks, venues, institutions and power circles. The aim of the present conference is to deepen our study of the interconnections  between law(s) and international relations through the eyes of a plurality of actors (e.g., legal advisers, lawyers, judges, activists, publicists, journalists, editors), institutions (e.g., foreign offices, courts, universities, academies of science, associations, libraries) and works on comparative law. Three focuses will be especially addressed by this conference. The first is the plurality of actors. We welcome proposals on legal advisers within governments, foreign offices and national or colonial administrations; on civil and administrative judges, admiralty courts and prize laws; and on lawyers, academics, peace activists, international thinkers, journalists and editors, including women as well as men. A prosopography of a group of actors is invited as well as individual biographies. The theme of the birth and professionalization of “international lawyers” will be studied as well as the various editors and the book market for international law. Our second focus will be on institutions. We especially invite papers studying the treatment of law(s) in foreign offices in a comparative perspective. For example, in Great Britain, legal issues were dealt by the Queens Lawyers until 1872 and afterwards by the Legal Adviser of the Foreign Office. In France after 1835, it was the Comité consultatif du contentieux that dealt with legal issues. But what about the foreign offices of other countries? Other institutions (similar to the Conseil d’état in France) may have also had their own “Foreign Office Committee.” How were these organized? Did they cooperate with the foreign office?  What role was played by scientific academies in the diffusion of international law? By the universities? By popular libraries? Our third and final focus is on the study of comparative law and its link to the development of international law. The Société de législation comparée, founded in 1869, was full of members of the first generation of the Institut de Droit International, while many comparativists were, vice versa, members of the Institut de Droit International. Scientific journals such as the Revue historique de droit français et étranger and the Revue de droit international et de législation comparée dealt with both comparative and international law. Papers on the progressive autonomy of the discipline and on the networks of the founding members are especially welcome.


Dr Raphaël Cahen, LE STUDIUM / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow FROM: Vrije Universiteit Brussel/CORE (VUB) - BE IN RESIDENCE AT: POuvoirs, LEttres, Normes (POLEN) / CNRS, University of Orléans - FR, Prof. Pierre Allorant, POuvoirs, LEttres, Normes (POLEN) / CNRS, University of Orléans - FR, Prof. Walter Badier, POuvoirs, LEttres, Normes (POLEN) / CNRS, University of Orléans - FR 

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(see call earlier on this blog)

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BOOK: Floriana COLAO. Un diritto per l'agricoltura. Itinerari giuridico-economici nella Toscana dell'Ottocento. ISBN 9788828832447. Milano: Giuffrè, 2021. EUR 16,15



Il volume ricostruisce il contributo offerto dai giuristi toscani – tra questi Lorenzo Collini, Giovanni Carmignani, Girolamo ed Enrico Poggi, Francesco Forti, Giuseppe Cosimo Vanni, Napoleone Pini, Vincenzo Salvagnoli, Celso Marzucchi, Ferdinando Andreucci, Giuseppe Panattoni – alla costruzione di un diritto per l’agricoltura nella Toscana dell’Ottocento, un’esperienza giuridica comprensibile nella  ‘lunga durata’, percepita e sostenuta come «diversa» anche alle soglie dell’introduzione del codice civile italiano. Già nel 1808 l’Accademia dei Georgofili opponeva con successo la giurisprudenza patria e le liberalizzazioni dell’‘iconico’ Pietro Leopoldo al tentativo di Napoleone di introdurre un Project de code rural nella Toscana francese. Il codice rurale si sarebbe rivelato ‘impossibile’, con l’eccezione dei Principati di Lucca e Piombino,mai ricordati nel dibattito della Restaurazione; da allora l’Accademia dei Georgofili era un ponte tra la cultura giuridica ed istituzionale toscana, fino all’Unità terra di ius commune, e quella d’oltralpe. I ‘giuristi-economisti-politici’ credevano che la «potenza dello Stato» dipendesse dalla «cultura delle terre»; si impegnavano in Discorsi al pubblico – ai Georgofili, il Vieusseux, l’Accademia dei Nomofili – ed in ampie opere teorico-pratiche, coniugando diritto ed economia in vista di un «progresso per l’agricoltura» e dunque per la società, alla ricerca del legame «dati legali, dati sociali». Intendevano offrire un ‘sapere utile’ come contributo ‘civile’, tra proposte di «buone dottrine» e di un ‘pedagogico’ «codice rurale», per istruire i «campagnoli». Nell’ambito dei contratti agrari meritavano un’attenzione particolare i «livelli di Toscana», irriducibili alla dimensione contrattuale individuale, piuttosto «pubblica istituzione». Per questo profilo di identità di «toscana cittadinanza» si poneva il tema dell’aggiornare il celebrato sistema livellare leopoldino «al paragone dei tempi», verso un contrastato processo di affrancazione generale. Sul piano ‘costituzionale’ era chiara la percezione del legame tra proprietà fondiaria, «amministrazioni economiche», «poteri politici»; la «libertà della terra» era indicata come l’architrave del «diritto pubblico della nazione». 

Floriana Colao: Dal 1999 è professore ordinario di Storia del diritto medievale e moderno, dal 2016-2017 anche di Storia delle codificazioni moderne nel Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza nell'Università degli Studi di Siena. È stata supplente di Storia del Diritto italiano presso la Facoltà di lettere e filosofia di Siena, con sede ad Arezzo, corso di laurea in Scienze dei beni archivistici e librari, e nel corso di laurea in Storia, sede in Siena.

12 July 2021

JOURNAL: Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis/Revue d'Histoire du Droit/The Legal History Review LXXXIX (2021), no. 1-2 (Jul)

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OK Computer? The digital turn in legal history: a methodological retrospective (Florenz Volkaert) (DOI 10.1163/15718190-12340011)
This article reviews some of the main debates on methodology in legal history since the Second World War, engages in a dialogue with the social sciences and finally discusses the digital turn in law and legal history, focusing on network analysis.
Note minime sul ius dotium in Marziano Capella (Francesco Bono) (DOI 10.1163/15718190-12340008)
Martianus Capella’s De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, 9.898, echoes ancient jurisprudence, not only because the divinity Saturnus is depicted as a jurist, but because the passage also refers to a jurisprudential rule on dowries. The text suggests that dotem dicere is possible after a marriage has been celebrated. Legal authorities (both imperial constitutions and works by jurists) show that Saturnus’ words are consistent with principles of Roman law on dowries.

Did the published Theodosian Code include obsolete constitutions? (Boudewijn Sirks) (DOI 10.1163/15718190-12340003)


It is a point of contention whether the Theodosian Code contains also obsolete constitutions as foreseen for the projected interim code of CTh 1,1,5, or only valid constitutions (with the exception of Book 16). The text of CTh 1,1,6 is unclear in this point and seems to be a mere continuation of the plan of CTh 1,1,5. However, it appears that the first view does not take into account other statements of Theodosius, and that research into particular subjects shows the compilers have rendered a logically consistent review of the law, without superfluous texts. In view of this evidence it is better to assume that also elsewhere in the Books 1 to 15 as a rule only valid laws were included.

Forms of suretyship in the Peira in the light of the Basilica (Marios Tantalos) (DOI 10.1163/15718190-12340004)
This paper attempts to present, analyze and comment on the complex cases of suretyship described in the Peira, an anonymously-compiled casebook consisting of the judgments and verdicts of Eustathios Rhomaios, a judge whose activity spanned the last quarter of the tenth and the first decades of the eleventh century. We focus on legal matters that arise from the chapters in the Peira concerning suretyship with particular reference to their connection with the Basilica, the Greek collection of translations and summaries of Justinian’s codification, completed during the time of Leo the Wise around the year 900. An analysis of the cases discussed in this paper enables us to see and better understand how the Byzantines interpreted and applied law in the eleventh century.
Learned law in late medieval Netherlandish practice: Consilia for the congregation of Windesheim (ca. 1415-1500) (Wouter Druwé) (DOI 10.1163/15718190-12340002)

The Historical Centre of Overijssel in Zwolle and the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels each conserve a fifteenth-century manuscript collection of legal and moral theological sources, written for the general chapter of the Augustinian canons regular of Windesheim. Both collections contain many ‘consilia’ by learned lawyers, several of whom were active in the prince-bishopric of Liège, at the universities of Paris or Cologne, or – especially – as professors of civil or canon law at the young university of Leuven. These manuscripts have already been the subject of a prosopographical analysis, but so far their content has not been studied. This article provides a substantive analysis of both collections. Topics include many disputes concerning the law of religious communities or regarding the congregation of Windesheim’s relationship to the diocesan bishops, the secular clergy and secular authorities. The volumes also cover diverse fields of the law of succession, contracts or delict.

Arguments related to slavery in seventeenth century Dutch legal theory (Gustaaf van Nifterik) (DOI 10.1163/15718190-12340005)


The Dutch participated fully in the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The Dutch colonies, it was said, could not do without enslaved workers. But in the Dutch Provinces people were free; the Dutch were freedom loving Christian people. This articles sketches the legal arguments used by the seventeenth century Dutch jurists regarding slavery, and some slavery related topics as freedom and property. It appears that the pro-slavery arguments were so strong that a profound legal discussion among the jurists on the legitimacy of the institution was considered superfluous.

La faculté de tester dans le Dell’origine e dell’uffizio del notariato de Michele Cusa Une illustration de la culture juridique européenne d’un notaire piémontais au XIXe siècle (Anne Dobigny-Reverso) (DOI 10.1163/15718190-12340001)


 In French law, the current reform plans affecting the reserved portion of inheritance that must devolve upon the heirs (‘legitim’) has revived the debate about the freedom of disposing of one’s estate by will. The debate echoes some of the considerations in Michele Cusa’s (1771-1855) work Dell’origine e dell’uffizio del notariato. The author, who was a notary, was a supporter of the testator’s freedom. His argument consists in a dialogue during which jurists, philosophers and politicians from all over Europe hold the stage. The dialogue reflects the broad culture of a Piemontese notary at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Cusa believed that the freedom to dispose of one’s estate by will was particularly important, because it was the only way to meet real-life social and economic demands, and the complex relationships formed within a family. The testator’s freedom should nonetheless be regulated by statute, so that its excessive use by a father or husband can be restricted.

Foreign law without borders in the early vast America Spanish legal literature in 18th century North America (Angela Ballone) (DOI 10.1163/15718190-12340007)


This work addresses the circulation of legal literature from the Hispanic world into the British Atlantic during the 18th century and within the broader context of the Americas. It wants to break free from the dichotomy between British and Hispanic Atlantic by looking at the early Americas as a space where legal literature moved across borders. The case study analyzed in this work is that of the 17th century Spanish jurist Juan de Solórzano Pereira and its circulation in the British Atlantic. By analyzing the writings of a number of legal practitioners from the British Atlantic (such as James Otis, James Abercromby, and Adam Smith), I discuss the extent to which their knowledge of Solórzano’s work showed a transnational approach when discussing the relationship between the thirteen American colonies and their British mother-country. This study calls scholars’ attention to a number of networks of circulation for legal literature that possibly had more influence than has usually been acknowledged on the legal history of the United States of America. Ultimately, the article shows that much is left to discover about the practical, generative, aspects of legal history in an early modern scenario where Europe and the Americas need to be seen in more nuanced and balanced ways.

 Review essay: ‘Constitutional lawyers are Dutchmen’ (Alain Wijffels) (DOI 10.1163/15718190-12340006)


V. Bogdanor’s Beyond Brexit (2019) is a constitutional lawyer’s argument in favour of a codified constitution for the United Kingdom. During the UK’s temporary membership of the European Communities and European Union (1973-2020), main features of the constitution which still prevailed in the 1960s have changed. The author discusses parliamentary sovereignty, referendums, collective government responsibility, human rights, and devolution.

Book reviews:

  • Ona’ah und laesio enormis, Preisgrenzen im talmudischen und römischen Kaufrecht, written by Doris Forster (Martin Schermaier)
  • Le marché du mérite, Penser le droit et l’économie avec Léonard Lessius, written by W. Decock (Dirk Heirbaut)
Publications received

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09 July 2021

DATABASE: "Droits des femmes" (Gallica/BnF - Les essentiels du droit)

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Cette rubrique thématique propose une sélection d'ouvrages disponibles dans Gallica sur la situation juridique des femmes dans différents domaines du droit. Elle sera progressivement enrichie. Les textes sélectionnés sont répartis en plusieurs catégories : ouvrages généraux sur la situation juridique des femmes,  par branches du droit (droit romain, droit civil, droit commercial, droit du travail, protection sociale, droits politiques), sur des sujets plus précis (nationalité, droit à l'éducation, femmes avocates) ou plus spécifiques (droit et féminisme). Devant être libres de droits, les ouvrages sélectionnés ne peuvent pas rendre compte de l’avancée majeure des droits des femmes tout au long du XXe siècle, en particulier après la seconde guerre mondiale. Ils peuvent néanmoins témoigner de la situation juridique des femmes en France au cours du XIXe siècle et des débuts de son évolution.

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ADVANCE ARTICLE: Miloš Vec, "A Luminous Trace. Commemorating the Frankfurt Lawyer and Historian of International Law Michael Stolleis (20 July 1941–18 March 2021)" (Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d'histoire du droit international) (OPEN ACCESS)


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First paragraph:

Perhaps it is not an inappropriate idea to have a profile of the late pioneer of global international legal history and emeritus editor of this journal, Michael Stolleis, begin in a Munich attic room. So let’s travel back a few decades, to Munich in the late 1960s, where Stolleis, a doctoral student and later post-doctoral lecturer, received crucial inspiration for his style of thinking.

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A German version is avilable here: DOI 10.1163/15718050-12340190

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08 July 2021

JOURNAL: Special Issue: Sexuality, Holocaust, Stigma (German History XXXIX (2021), No. 1 (March))

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Introduction: Sexuality, Holocaust, Stigma (Anna Hájková)

Understanding Sexual Violence during the Holocaust: A Reconsideration of Research and Sources (Regina Mühlhäuser)

Shared Intimacies: Women’s Sexuality in Foreign Workers’ Camps, 1940–1945 (Camille Fauroux)

Cross-dressing, Male Intimacy and the Violence of Transgression in Third Reich Photography (Jennifer Evans, Elissa Mailänder)

Sexual Violence against Men and Boys during the Holocaust: A Genealogy of (Not-So-Silent) Silence (Dorota Glowacka)

Sexual Barter and Jewish Women’s Efforts to Save their Lives: Accounts from the Righteous Among the Nations Archives (Katya Gusarov)

Between Love and Coercion: Queer Desire, Sexual Barter and the Holocaust (Anna Hájková)

Book reviews:

  • The Habsburg Monarchy, 1618–1815 (Christopher Wendt)
  • The German Right, 1918–1930: Political Parties, Organized Interests, and Patriotic Associations in the Struggle against Weimar Democracy (James McSpadden)
  • Freiheitliches Bürgertum in Deutschland. Der Weimarer Demokrat Eduard Hamm zwischen Kaiserreich und Widerstand (Larry Eugene Jones)
  • Project Europe: A History (Paul Betts)
  • Bowling for Communism: Urban Ingenuity at the End of East Germany (Marcus Colla)
  • Helmut Schmidt and British-German Relations. A European Misunderstanding (Jonathan Wright)
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07 July 2021

BOOK: Lisa FORD, The King's Peace. Law and Order in the British Empire (Cambridge (Mass.): Harvard UP, 2021), 336 p. ISBN 9780674249073

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On the book:

How the imposition of Crown rule across the British Empire during the Age of Revolution corroded the rights of British subjects and laid the foundations of the modern police state. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the British Empire responded to numerous crises in its colonies, from North America to Jamaica, Bengal to New South Wales. This was the Age of Revolution, and the Crown, through colonial governors, tested an array of coercive peacekeeping methods in a desperate effort to maintain control. In the process these leaders transformed what it meant to be a British subject. In the decades after the American Revolution, colonial legal regimes were transformed as the king’s representatives ruled new colonies with an increasingly heavy hand. These new autocratic regimes blurred the lines between the rule of law and the rule of the sword. Safeguards of liberty and justice, developed in the wake of the Glorious Revolution, were eroded while exacting obedience and imposing order became the focus of colonial governance. In the process, many constitutional principles of empire were subordinated to a single, overarching rule: where necessary, colonial law could diverge from metropolitan law. Within decades of the American Revolution, Lisa Ford shows, the rights claimed by American rebels became unthinkable in the British Empire. Some colonial subjects fought back but, in the empire, the real winner of the American Revolution was the king. In tracing the dramatic growth of colonial executive power and the increasing deployment of arbitrary policing and military violence to maintain order, The King’s Peace provides important lessons on the relationship between peacekeeping, sovereignty, and political subjectivity—lessons that illuminate contemporary debates over the imbalance between liberty and security.

On the author:

 Lisa Ford is the author of the prizewinning Settler Sovereignty: Jurisdiction and Indigenous People in America and Australia, 1788–1836 and coauthor of Rage for Order: The British Empire and the Origins of International Law, 1800–1850. She is Professor of History at the University of New South Wales.

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06 July 2021

BOOK: Jordan T. WATKINS, Slavery and Sacred Texts - The Bible, the Constitution, and Historical Consciousness in Antebellum America (Cambridge: CUP, 2021). ISBN 9781108478144, 47.99 GBP


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CUP is publishing a new book on the use and reading of the Bible and the Constitution during the slavery crisis before the Civil War.


In the decades before the Civil War, Americans appealed to the nation's sacred religious and legal texts - the Bible and the Constitution - to address the slavery crisis. The ensuing political debates over slavery deepened interpreters' emphasis on historical readings of the sacred texts, and in turn, these readings began to highlight the unbridgeable historical distances that separated nineteenth-century Americans from biblical and founding pasts. While many Americans continued to adhere to a belief in the Bible's timeless teachings and the Constitution's enduring principles, some antislavery readers, including Theodore Parker, Frederick Douglass, and Abraham Lincoln, used historical distance to reinterpret and use the sacred texts as antislavery documents. By using the debate over American slavery as a case study, Jordan T. Watkins traces the development of American historical consciousness in antebellum America, showing how a growing emphasis on historical readings of the Bible and the Constitution gave rise to a sense of historical distance.


Jordan T. Watkins, Brigham Young University, Utah

Jordan T. Watkins is an assistant professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. Previously, he was a coeditor at The Joseph Smith Papers Project.


1. 'Recourse must be had to the history of those times'
2. 'The ground will shake'
3. 'Texts … designed for local and temporary use'
4. 'The further we recede from the birth of the constitution'
5. 'The culture of cotton has healed its deadly wound'
6. 'Times now are not as they were'
7. 'We have to do not … with the past, but the living present'
8. A 'Modern crispus attucks'


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05 July 2021

BOOK: Joseph CANNING, Conciliarism, Humanism and Law. Justifications of Authority and Power, c. 1400-C. 1520 (Cambridge: CUP, 2021), ISBN 9781108831796, 75 GBP


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Book abstract:

How was power justified in late medieval Europe? What justifications did people find convincing, and why? Based around the two key intellectual movements of the fifteenth century, conciliarism in the church and humanism, this study explores the justifications for the distribution of power and authority in fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century Europe. By examining the arguments that convinced people in this period, Joseph Canning demonstrates that it was almost universally assumed that power had to be justified but that there were fundamentally different kinds of justification employed. Against the background of juristic thought, Canning presents a new interpretative approach to the justifications of power through the lenses of conciliarism, humanism and law, throwing fresh light on our understanding of both conciliarists' ideas and the contribution of Italian Renaissance humanists.

On the author:

Joseph Canning is Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he is the author of The Political Thought of Baldus de Ubaldis (1987), A History of Medieval Political Thought, c.300-c.1450 (1996) and Ideas of Power in the Late Middle Ages, 1296-1417 (2011).

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01 July 2021

JOURNAL: Comparative Legal History IX (2021), no. 1

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Our Society's journal Comparative Legal History (Taylor & Francis) published its first issue of 2021. Please note that members of our Society are entitled to receive a free hard copy.

Editorial (Agustín Parise & Matthew Dyson)
DOI 10.1080/2049677X.2021.1908929

Immemorial (and native) customs in early modernity: Europe and the Americas (Tamar Herzog)
DOI 10.1080/2049677X.2021.1908930


This text asks how a greater familiarity with European law would change our vision of colonial territories, most particularly, Latin America. Concentrating on the study of immemorial and native customs in both European and American territories, it argues that these customs were not necessarily ancient or authentic. Instead, they authorised making legal exceptions to the general rule in a legal universe that was dramatically different from our own. They sustained the existence and legitimacy of a local juridical sphere while also maintaining the importance of a common, cross-Christian, legal understanding. By showcasing what practitioners, jurists, theologians, and scholars have said about customs during the early modern period and since, the aim is not to criticise what had been done by others but to offer a useful framework that would allow us to meaningfully merge the multiplicity of voices historians have already recovered, as well as supply those who work on these issues with the necessary background.

Can a judge rely on his private knowledge? Early modern Lutherans and Catholics compared (Paolo Astorri)
DOI 10.1080/2049677X.2021.1908935


This article examines the opinions of Catholic and Lutheran authors on the question of whether a judge should decide a case according to his personal knowledge when that knowledge conflicts with the charges and evidence at the trial. The majority of the Catholics contended that the judge had to follow the evidence. They distinguished between the judge as a public functionary and as a private man. The judge could not use in a trial what he knew as a man. There were certain Lutherans whose opinions remained close to this position. However, a significant number argued that the distinction between the judge as a functionary and as a man lacked foundation. Divine law commanded the judge to avoid lies and not to kill an innocent. If the judge knew that someone was innocent and nonetheless condemned him by following the evidence at the trial, he committed a sin. To avoid giving an unjust sentence, the judge had to use the knowledge he had obtained privately.

Caught between nostalgia and modernisation: The history of criminal justice and punishments in Japan (Kiran Chaudhuri)


Building upon the literature review of crimes and punishments in Japan from the Middle Ages to modern times, this paper highlights the contradictory forces driving the evolution of criminal law and criminal justice. Individual versus State, human rights versus government powers – these are some of the struggles Japanese rulers and legal thinkers have been facing. After an initial period of isolation during the Tokugawa Era, the country's criminal justice system, although it embraced a comparative approach, has nevertheless developed by constantly switching between nostalgia for traditional values and demand for the acknowledgement of universal rights. By tracing the fragmented process that led to a modern criminal justice system, the present research shows the effect of legal transplants on national criminal policies and, in particular, on the struggle between the conservatives, who claim wider government powers in the name of traditional values, and the progressivists, who warn against the threat of human rights violations.

 Book reviews:

  • Death penalty in late-medieval Catalonia. Evidence and significations by Flocel Sabaté, London, Routledge, 2019, 400 pp, $180 (hbk), ISBN 978-0367188634 (Rogerio R. Tostes)
  • A short history of European law: the last two and a half millennia by Tamar Herzog, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press, 2018, VI + 289 pp, $18.95 (pbk), ISBN 978-0674237865 (Thomas Duve)
  • Actes du congrès de Paris de 1900: théorie générale, méthode et enseignement du droit comparé Paris, Société de législation comparée, 2020, xxv + 454 pp., €59 (hbk), ISBN 978-2365170956 (Wim Decock)
  • History and the law: a love story by Carolyn Steedman, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2020, 285 pp, £74,99 (hbk), ISBN 978-1108486057 (Mia Korpiola)

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BOOK: Salvatore COSENTINO, A companion to Byzantine Italy (Leiden: Brill, 2021). ISBN: 978-90-04-30769-8, pp. 829, € 249.00


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Series: Brill's Companions to the Byzantine World, Volume: 8

This book offers a collection of essays on Byzantine Italy, the area from which we have inherited the richest and best-preserved historical evidence among all of the regions of the former Eastern Roman Empire up to the 11th century. The collection aims to provide readers with a critical overview of current research as well as new insights concerning political, institutional, economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects of the Italian regions under Byzantine rule. The methodological approach of the volume combines history with archaeology and art history, while remaining focused on the general framework of the early medieval Mediterranean. The result is a fresh and up-to-date synthesis that can be useful both for specialists and students.

Contributors are: Lucia Arcifa, Paul Arthur, Isabella Baldini, Massimo Bernabò, Brunella Bruno, Salvatore Cosentino, Nathaniel Cutajar, Francesco D’Aiuto, Paola Degni, Deborah Deliyannis, Vera von Falkenhausen, Sauro Gelichi, Federico Marazzi, Jean-Marie Martin, Alessandra Molinari, Enrico Morini, Annliese Nef, Ghislaine Noye, Annick Peters-Custot, Vivien Prigent, Mario Re, Denis Sami, Pier Giorgio Spanu, and Enrico Zanini. 


Salvatore Cosentino, Ph.D. (1990), is Professor of Byzantine Civilization at the University of Bologna. He has published many studies on Late Antique and Byzantine Italy, including Storia dell’Italia bizantina (VI-XI). Da Giustiniano ai Normanni (Bononia University Press, 2008) and, as editor, Ravenna and the Traditions of Late Antique and Early Byzantine Craftsmanship (De Gruyter, 2020).


List of Illustrations 

Notes on Contributors 

Introduction: Mapping the Memory of Byzantine Italy 

  Salvatore Cosentino and Enrico Zanini 

Part 1: Society and Institutions

1 Politics and Society 

  Salvatore Cosentino 

2 Ecclesiastic Life and Its Institutions 

  Salvatore Cosentino 

3 Monastic Life and Its Institutions 

  Enrico Morini 

4 Byzantine Administration and the Army 

  Vivien Prigent 

5 Byzantines and Lombards The Old and the Young: Byzantium in Italy, or How It Was Condemned to Be the Representative of an Antiquated Roman Identity

  Federico Marazzi 

6 Byzantium and Islam in Southern Italy (7th–11th Century) 

  Annliese Nef 

7 Greek Communities in Post-Byzantine Italy 

  Annick Peters-Custot 

Part 2: Communications, Economy and Landscape

8 The Network of Interregional Roads and Harbours 

  Denis Sami 

9 Rural Economy: Organization, Exploitation and Resources 

  Jean-Marie Martin 

10 Non-Agricultural Items: Local Production, Importation and Redistribution 

  Enrico Zanini 

11 Mints, Coin Production and Circulation 

  Vivien Prigent 

Part 3: Settlements and Landscape: Regional Morphologies

12 Venice, the Exarchate and the Pentapolis 

  Sauro Gelichi 

13 Rome and the Roman Duchy 

  Alessandra Molinari 

14 Byzantine Naples and Gaeta 

  Federico Marazzi 

15 Byzantine Calabria 

  Ghislaine Noyé 

16 Byzantine Apulia 

  Paul Arthur 

17 Byzantine Sicily 

  Lucia Arcifa 

18 Byzantine Sardinia 

  Pier Giorgio Spanu 

19 Byzantine Malta 

  Brunella Bruno and Nathaniel Cutajar 

Culture and Education 

20 Greek and Latin in Byzantine Italy (6th–11th Century) 

  Vera von Falkenhausen 

21 Bishops, Cities, and Historical Memory in Byzantine Italy 

  Deborah M. Deliyannis 

22 Telling the Sanctity in Byzantine Italy 

  Mario Re 

23 Devotion and Prayer in Byzantine Italy 

  Francesco D’Aiuto 

24 Medieval Art in Italy and Byzantium (ca. 550–1050): A Viaticum 

  Massimo Bernabò 

25 Conceiving Social Space in Byzantine Italy: Monumental Architecture and Building Typologies 

  Isabella Baldini 

26 Literary and Book Production in Byzantine Italy 

  Paola Degni 

27 Legal Texts and Juridical Practice in Byzantine Italy 

  Cristina Rognoni 


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