Policing and Punishment in London 1660-1750: Urban Crime and the Limits of Terror

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byBeattie, J. M.

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This study examines the considerable changes that took place in the criminal justice system in the City of London in the century after the Restoration, well before the inauguration of the so-called 'age of reform'. The policing institutions of the City were transformed in response to theproblems created by the rapid expansion of the metropolis during the early modern period, and as a consequence of the emergence of a polite urban culture. At the same time, the City authorities were instrumental in the establishment of new forms of punishment - particularly transportation to theAmerican colonies and confinement at hard labour - that for the first time made secondary sanctions available to the English courts for convicted felons and diminished the reliance on the terror created by capital punishment. The book investigates why in the century after 1660 the elements of analternative means of dealing with crime in urban society were emerging in policing, in the practices and procedures of prosecution, and in the establishment of new forms of punishment.

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This study examines the considerable changes that took place in the criminal justice system in the City of London in the century after the Restoration, well before the inauguration of the so-called 'age of reform'. The policing institutions of the City were transformed in response to theproblems created by the rapid expansion of the me...

J. M. Beattie is a Professor Emeritus of History, University of Toronto.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.07 inPublished:January 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Crime ProblemPART I: Policing and Prosecution2. The City Magistrates and the Process of Prosecution3. Constables and Other Officers4. Policing the Night Streets5. Detection and Prosecution: Thief-Takers 1690-1720PART II: Prosecution and Punishment6. The Old Bailey in the Late Seventeenth Century7. The Revolution, Crime, and Punishment in London 1690-17138. Crime and the State 1714-17509. William Thomson and Transportation10. ConclusionBibliography of Manuscript SourcesIndex

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`John Beattie is among the finest exponents of this more historically sensitive approach to crime and punishment . . . Crime and the Courts in England 1660-1800(1986)-a pioneering study of trends in crime and prosecution in Surrey-may now be seen as a prelude to a masterpiece. Policing andPunishment in London 1660-1750 bears all the marks of protracted archival digging followed by mature reflection . . . [It] is a splendid achievement.'London Review of Books