Wednesday, March 28, 2018

ASLH President-Elect Benton Wins Toynbee Prize

Lauren Benton (credit)
Congratulations to Lauren Benton, Vanderbilt University and president-elect of the American Society for Legal History, on receiving the Toynbee Prize, awarded biennially “for work that makes a significant contribution to the study of global history.” She will formally accept the prize and deliver the Toynbee Prize Lecture at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago, Illinois, in January 2019. David Armitage, Harvard University, observes, “Lauren Benton has done more than any other scholar in recent generations to reintegrate global history with legal history. With archival tenacity and broad conceptual sweep, she has used fine-grained microhistory in the service of world-spanning arguments about the tentative distribution of imperial power, the informal elaboration of international law, and the paradoxes of sovereignty in a world unevenly colonized and incompletely decolonized.”

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