Articles from Vol. 7, No. 1, Winter

Better Shorter, but Better
We have all sat in on interesting conference panels, eager to engage the presenters, only to find--often after two hours of presentation--that there is no time left for discussion. The chair of the program committee for the 2006 American Association...
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Mercy, Punishment, and Law: The Qualities of Justice at Township Courts
Mercy is connected both to power and to grace, as Shakespeare and Foucault, as well as historians of England and Russia, remind us. (1) The diminishment or elimination of punishment--assigned by convention, statute law, or judicial procedure--enhances...
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Russian Legal Culture and the Rule of Law
Historians suspicious of absolutist political models have in recent decades drawn attention to the effectiveness of legal institutions in Muscovite and imperial Russia. This attention has produced a compelling corrective to widespread images of Russian...
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The Quality of Mercy in Early Modern Legal Practice
Those of us required to memorize works of literature in grade school will probably remember at least the first few words of Portia's speech to Shylock in The Merchant of Venice--"The quality of mercy is not strained." We might, however, have forgotten...
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Writing History and the End of the Soviet Era: The Secret Lives of Natan Eidel'man
Historians of Soviet historical writing have tended to concentrate their attention on the connections between historical scholarship in the Soviet Union and the Communist Party's shifting ideological line, on debates over the interpretation of great...
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