'Carolyn Conley has given us a useful book about crime in Kent between 1859 and 1880. Her book is full of good stories. It is also well written. Her study reminds us that the operation of justice in Victorian England remained to a considerable degree a local affair. The strength of this work lies in Conley's sensitivity to the influence of status and relationship upon the operation of the law.'
Randall McGowan, University of Oregon, The American Journal of Legal History, Vol. XXXVIII, 1994 'vivid and convincing ... Her most important sources are the Home Office criminal registers, the records of the local courts ... on numerous individual cases. The detailed descriptions of these cases are what make the book so appealing. Taken together they substantiate the author's main conclusions which, though not entirely new, have never been so well documented. Conley's local study is a successful and, what is more, very readable example of criminal justice
history 'from below'.'
Willibald Steinmetz, German Historical Institute London Bulletin, Volume XVI, No. 1, February 1994 'vivid and convincing ... Conley's local study is a successful and, what is more, very readable example of criminal justice history 'from below'.'
German Historical Institute London Bulletin, Volume XVI, No. 1, February 1994 `Conley's case is well argued and convincing ... this is a useful and thought-provoking book. Conley has confronted several questions which have previously only been touched upon. She has taken significant steps in furthering our knowledge of the workings of the criminal justice system, and in doing so she has drawn attention to other, probably fruitful areas, for research.'
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