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A new edition of the most comprehensive, authoritative and accessible history of crime in eighteenth and nineteenth century England. Explores the value of criminal statistics, the significance of contemporary notions of class and gender in understanding and formulating the image of the criminal Describes developments in policing and the shifting ideas that led to a decline in corporate and capital punishments and an increasing focus on the prison Challenges the view that crime can be attributed to the behaviour of a criminal class, and the ideas that crime patterns can be explained simply in terms of the trade cycle Examines changes in crime and the criminal justice system against the larger changes in an industrialising society Includes a new section on Crime in the Media, with visual representations
Clive Emsley is Emeritus Professor of History at the Open University. His books include Hard Men: Violence in England Since 1750 (2005); Crime, Policy and Penal Policy: European Experiences 1750-1940 (2007); The Great British Bobby (2009); and Crime and Society in Twentieth-Century England (forthcoming).
Table of Contents
|List of illustrations||p. viii|
|List of tables and figures||p. ix|
|Abbreviations used in notes||p. x|
|Preface and acknowledgements to the fourth edition||p. xi|
|Publisher's acknowledgements||p. xiii|
|Introduction: crime and the law||p. 1|
|The statistical map||p. 21|
|Class perceptions||p. 57|
|Gender perceptions||p. 96|
|Environmental perceptions||p. 118|
|Fiddles, perks and pilferage||p. 147|
|The criminal class and professional criminals||p. 177|
|Prosecutors and the courts||p. 188|
|Detection and prevention: the old police and the new||p. 227|
|Punishment and reformation||p. 261|
|Concluding remarks||p. 308|
|Further reading: further research||p. 315|
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