Crime, Police, and Penal Policy: European Experiences 1750-1940

Paperback | February 28, 2013

byClive Emsley

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How did ideas about crime and criminals change in Europe from around 1750 to 1940? How did European states respond to these changes with the development of police and penal institutions? Clive Emsley addresses these questions using recent research on the history of crime and criminal justicein Europe. Exploring the subject chronologically, he addresses the forms of offending, the changing interpretations and understandings of that offending at both elite and popular levels, and how the emerging nation states of the period responded to criminal activity by the development of policeforces and the refinement of forms of punishment. The book focuses on the comparative nature in which different states studied each other and their institutions, and the ways in which different reformers exchanged ideas and investigated policing and penal experiments in other countries. It also explores the theoretical issues underpinning recentresearch, emphasising that the changes in ideas on crime and criminals were neither linear nor circular, and demonstrating clearly that many ideas hailed as new by contemporary politicians and in current debate on crime and its "solutions", have a very long and illustrious history.

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How did ideas about crime and criminals change in Europe from around 1750 to 1940? How did European states respond to these changes with the development of police and penal institutions? Clive Emsley addresses these questions using recent research on the history of crime and criminal justicein Europe. Exploring the subject chronologica...

Educated at the University of York and at Peterhouse, Cambridge, Clive Emsley has taught and held visiting fellowships in Australia, Canada, France, and New Zealand. He has published widely on the history of crime and policing, including Crime and Society in England 1750-1900 (now in its fourth edition), Crime and Society in Twentieth...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:298 pagesPublished:February 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199669473

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionThe Old Regime and the Enlightenment2. Laws and Punishments3. The Understanding and Nature of Crime4. Coping with CrimeThe Revolutionary Era5. The New French System6. Crime and Police in Revolution and WarThe Discovery of the Criminal Classes7. Measuring a Problem8. Danger in the City: Danger in the Countryside9. Protection, Punishment and ReformationThe Appliance of Science10. Scientific Criminology11. New Professionals: Old ProblemsThe Faces of Penal Welfare12. Penal Policies and the Impact of War13. Controlling and Punishing after the Great War14. National Paths: Common Patterns

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"Excellent and deserve[s] a wide readership...testament to Emsley's attention to detail, breadth of knowledge, and ability to make history accessible and interesting." --Drew Gray, Family and Community History