Soldier, Sailor, Beggarman, Thief: Crime and the British Armed Services since 1914

Hardcover | February 28, 2013

byClive Emsley

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The belief that crime declines at the beginning of major wars, as young men are drawn into the armed forces, and increases with the restoration of peace, as brutalised veterans are released on to a labour market reorganising for peace, has a long pedigree in Britain. But it has rarely beenexamined critically and scarcely at all for the period of the two world wars of the twentieth century. This is the first serious investigation of criminal offending by members of the British armed forces both during and immediately after these wars. Its particular focus is the two world wars but, recognising the concerns and the problems voiced in recent years about veterans of the Falklands, theGulf wars, and the campaign in Afghanistan, Clive Emsley concludes his narrative in the present.

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The belief that crime declines at the beginning of major wars, as young men are drawn into the armed forces, and increases with the restoration of peace, as brutalised veterans are released on to a labour market reorganising for peace, has a long pedigree in Britain. But it has rarely beenexamined critically and scarcely at all for the...

Clive Emsley was educated at the University of York and at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and 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 Tw...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pagesPublished:February 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. 'The Object of Military Law is to Maintain Discipline': Different laws for different people2. 'A court of justice and not a court of law!': Courts and justice in the services3. 'Law Makes Crime': What difference does war make?4. 'The biggest thieves in the world': Service personnel and property crime5. 'I didn't like the officer... and I don't like you': Crimes against the person6. 'The unwritten law': Servicemen and domestic violence7. The shell-shock defence8. Post-war crime waves?9. Conscripts and Professionals: Beyond the world wars10. 'I could have done other stuff': The return to professional services