Globalizing Lynching History: Vigilantism and Extralegal Punishment from an International…

Hardcover | October 15, 2011

EditorManfred Berg, Simon Wendt

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This book takes a first step toward globalizing the history of lynching. Covering fourteen countries and five continents, it demonstrates that lynching has neither been a uniquely American phenomenon, nor did it exclusively target racial and ethnic minorities. But what appears to be common to vigilantism and extralegal punishment around the globe is the ideology of popular justice, the idea that lynching represents a form of communal self-defense against crimes that are unchecked by the state. The multidisciplinary and multiregional approach of this volume will lay the groundwork for a more thorough understanding of mob violence and extralegal punishment in the United States and the world.

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This book takes a first step toward globalizing the history of lynching. Covering fourteen countries and five continents, it demonstrates that lynching has neither been a uniquely American phenomenon, nor did it exclusively target racial and ethnic minorities. But what appears to be common to vigilantism and extralegal punishment aroun...

Manfred Berg is Curt Engelhorn Professor of American history at the University of Heidelberg. He is the author or editor of numerous publications on German, American, and international history. His most recent books are Popular Justice: A History of Lynching in America (2011) and Racism in the Modern World: Historical Perspectives on ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.68 × 5.69 × 0.79 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230115888

ISBN - 13:9780230115880

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Lynching from an International Perspective—Manfred Berg and Simon Wendt * Extralegal Violence and Law in the Early Modern British Isles and the Origins of American Lynching—Michael Pfeifer * Lynching “Exceptionalism”: The NAACP, Woodrow Wilson, and Keeping Lynching American—Christopher Waldrep * Mexican Perspectives on Mob Violence in the United States—William Carrigan and Clive Webb * Lynching and Legitimacy: Toward a Global Description of Mob Murder—Robert Thurston * Lynching: The Southern African Case—Christopher Saunders * Frontier Justice: Lynching and Racial Violence in the United States and Australia—Gregory Smithers * Ethnic Conflict, the Armenian Question, and Mob Violence in the late Ottoman Empire—Ebru Aykut * Popular justice, Class Conflict, and the Lynching Spirit in France—Joël Michel * Not Quite Lynching: Informal Justice in Northern Ireland—Rachel Monaghan * Lynching in Peru in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries—Hinnerk Onken * Lynching in Another America: Race, Class, and Gender in Brazil, 1980—2003—Timothy Clark * Vigilantism in Africa: Benin and Beyond—Tilo Grätz *  Lynching, Poverty, Witchcraft, and the State in Mozambique—Christy Schuetze and Carolien Jacobs