Constitution writing and parliamentary organization in the Atlantic World 1775-1815 Conference 2021

Country: USA

City: Seattle

Abstr. due: 01.05.2020

Dates: 07.01.21 — 10.01.21

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Organizers: American Historical Association / International Commission (Affiliated Society)


In the forty year study interval (1775-1815) 523 constitutional instruments were composed or proposed.  What do they have in common? Given the high failure rate of these constitutions, what were the enduring achievements of this outburst of top-down modelling? If enough proposals are received on the subject of constitutions imposed by force of French arms or on the subject of state constitution-making in the US, we will organize separate panels directed to these topics.

The International Commission welcomes submissions from scholars interested in the history of parliamentary institutions. The International Commission is now an American Historical Association Affiliated Society; its scholars participated in AHA's most recent conference (New York City, 3–6 January 2020). The International Commission was founded in Lausanne in 1936 and has been continuously active throughout the world since its refoundation in 1950 in Paris. Please see for further information regarding the history of the organization and its purposes, as well as updates on the evolution of this panel. Please note: H-Net does not permit me to update this announcement. The International Commission is also interested in hearing from scholars wishing to serve as panel chairs and/or commentators.  The Journal of Parliaments, Estates and Representation welcomes submissions from scholars (academically attached or independent) on all aspects of parliamentary and political history throughout the world. Please refer to for further information on the Journal. Contact Dr. Peter J. Aschenbrenner, National Convenor (US) regarding this announcement.

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