New Legal History Database

By Catherine Bye, Technical Services/Acquisitions Librarian

HeinOnline’s History of International Law contains over 1,400 titles dating as far back as 1602.  This set covers classic international law subjects including the origins of international arbitration, war and peace (no, not Tolstoy’s War and Peace), the Nuremberg Trials, preparatory documents related to the conclusion of the Hague conferences and conventions, and the Law of the Sea.  For example, it includes a 1613 title Abridgement of All Sea-Lawes; Gathered Forth of all writings and monuments which are to be found amoung any people or Nation vpon the Coafts of the Great Ocean and Mediterranean Sea published in 1612 is an early English treatise on the origins of the Law of the Sea.

This collection also contains historical documentation related to the Hague Conferences and Conventions and several treatises on the origins of democracy and foreign relations.  You will be surprised by the breadth of this set.  It includes classics such as H.G. Wells’ The Fourth Year discussing the issues of post-World War I politics and establishing lasting peace in regard to the League of Nations (yes, he is known for science fiction but he also wrote extensively on non-fiction subjects) to treatises on compulsory arbitration of international disputes.

For first hand exploration, visit http://heinonline.org/HOL/Index?collection=hoil&set_as_cursor=clear

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