But there are a handful of books and articles that I read for different reasons and that I’ve returned to often. These are sources that blend theory and method. They raise questions that all legal historians should grapple with; they explore the different vantage points from which to view legal historical sources; and they interrogate what it means, ultimately, to do legal history. My list includes:
- Hendrik Hartog, “Pigs and Positivism” (and the short piece on “Legal Histories from Below” that introduced it) (both from Wisconsin Law Review (1985)).
- Robert Gordon, “Critical Legal Histories” (Stanford Law Review (1984)).
- Michael Grossberg, “Social History Update: ‘Fighting Faiths’ and the Challenges of Legal History” (Journal of Social History (1991)).
- William Fisher III, "Texts and Contexts: The Application to American Legal History of the Methodologies of Intellectual History" (Stanford Law Review (1997)).
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