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    DescriptionThrough the means of four powerful and extraordinary narratives from the nineteenth-century German underworld, this book deftly explores an intriguing array of questions about criminality, punishment and social exclusion in modern German history. Drawing on hitherto unexplored legal documents and police files, Richard J. Evans recounts the epic adventures of an art teacher imprisoned for forging bank notes, then transported to Siberia with a gang of violent Prussian felons in 1802; the tragic sufferings of a drunken female vagrant whipped repeatedly by the authorities in Bremen in the 1820s and 30s for the crime of persistently returning to the city after being expelled; the comical and fantastic personal and political deceptions of a con man arrested in the 1860s for not paying his hotel bill; and the ironic career of a young woman who drifts into prostitution after bearing an illegitimate child and discovers the underworld to be much less cruel and immoral than the 'respectable' society from which she was rejected. Each of these narratives sheds light on the qualities of German penal policy in the nineteenth century, when a regime of public and often symbolic physical punishment was transformed into one of silent, regimented incarceration. Evans investigates the complexity of the relations between deviance and control, the ambiguities of criminality in modern German history, and the ways literary models influenced perceptions of - and behaviour in - the criminal world. Richard J. Evans, formerly Professor of History and Vice-Master, Birkbeck College, University of London, is now Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy. Among his books are the landmark studies 'Death in Hamburg', 'Rituals of Retribution' and 'In Defence of History'.


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    Title
    Tales from the German Underworld
    Subtitle
    Crime and Punishment in the Nineteenth Century
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard J Evans
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 298
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 421 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300187526
    ISBN 10: 0300187521
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DFG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GERMNY
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS014000, HIS037060
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    Abridged Dewey: 943
    LC classification: DD
    Thema V1.0: NHD
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    01 May 1998
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven