Crime and Punishment in Eighteenth Century England

Crime and Punishment in Eighteenth Century England

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Why was the era of Augustan elegance also that of Hogarthian squalor? How far was the Industrial Revolution responsible for the rise of street gangs and highwaymen? Was it a coincidence that the autocratic monarchies of Europe suffered less from violent crime? Were such heroes as Dick Turpin motivated by Robin Hood impulses? Why were public executions regarded as entertainment and not deterrents? The author attempts to answer all these questions in this study of a society he characterizes as riddled with insecurities and governed by envies and fears. The book is aimed at students - graduate and undergraduate - of 18th European and British history, and those interested in crime, the law, criminality, and punishment.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 30.48mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • index, plates, notes
  • 0192852337
  • 9780192852335

Table of contents

London; law enforcement; homicide; highwaymen; property crime; women as victims of crime; women as criminals; crimes of the powerful; high treason; smuggling; poaching; rioting; theories on crime and punishment; execution; secondary punishment; crime and social change; the impact of war.show more

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