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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Histories of Crime

Britain 1600-2000

ISBN 9780230224698
Publication Date June 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Providing a rounded and coherent history of crime and the law spanning the past 400 years, Histories of Crime explores the evolution of attitudes towards crime and criminality over time. Bringing together contributions from internationally acknowledged
experts, the book highlights themes, current issues and key debates in the history of deviance and bad behaviour, including:

? marital cruelty and adultery
? infanticide
? murder
? the underworld
? blasphemy and moral crimes
? fraud and white-collar crime
? the death penalty and punishment.

Individual case studies of violent and non-violent crime are used to explore the human means and motives behind criminal practice. Through these, the book illuminates society's wider attitudes and fears about criminal behaviour and the way in which these influence the law and legal system over time. This fascinating book is essential reading for students and teachers of history, sociology and criminology, as well as anyone interested in Britain's criminal past.

ANNE-MARIE KILDAY is Principal Lecturer in History at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She researches and publishes on the history of violent crime and the history of female criminality since the early modern period.
DAVID NASH is Professor of History at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He has published extensively in the areas of the history of blasphemy, blasphemous libel and religious crime for over fifteen years. He is also author of Cultures of Shame: Exploring Crime and Morality in Britain 1650-1900 (with Anne-Marie Kilday).

Moral Crimes and the Law in Britain Since 1700; D.Nash
Cruelty and Adultery: Offences Against the Institution of Marriage; J.Bailey
Desperate Measures or Cruel Intentions: Infanticide in Britain since 1600; A.M.Kilday
'Most Intimate Violations': Contextualising the Crime of Rape; K.Stevenson
Murder and Fatality: The Changing Face of Homicide; S.D'Cruze
Criminality, Deviance and The Underworld Since 1750; H.Shore
Fraud and White Collar Crime: 1850 to the Present; S.Wilson
Policing the Populace: the road to Professionalisation; C.Williams
Execution as Punishment in England, 1750-2000; J.Rowbotham
Annotated Further Reading.


I can think of no better introduction to the history of crime and punishment in Britain. The clearly-written essays and evocative case studies contained in this volume will quickly become an indispensable guide to students and academics alike who seek a timely introduction to the subject.' - Stephen A. Toth, Associate Professor of Modern European History, Arizona State University
'An excellent collection of essays by key scholars in the field and a great resource for students seeking to understand the context in which crimes, policing and punishment are historically understood and researched.' – Helen Johnston, Co-Director of the Centre for Criminology& Criminal Justice, University of Hull
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