Torture by Edward PetersTorture by Edward Peters


byEdward Peters

Paperback | October 1, 1996

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"Torture has ceased to exist," Victor Hugo claimed, with some justification, in 1874. Yet more than a century later, torture is used routinely in one out of every three countries. This book is about torture in Western society from earliest times to the present.

A landmark study since its original publication a decade ago, Torture is now available in an expanded and updated paperback edition. Included for the first time is a broad and disturbing selection of documents charting the historical practice of torture from the ancient Romans to the Khmer Rouge.

Edward Peters is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His publications include The Magician, the Witch, and the Law, Heresy and Authority in Medieval Europe, The First Crusade, and, with Alan C. Kors, Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700: A Documentary History, all available from the University of Pennsyl...
Title:TortureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:October 1, 1996Publisher:University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0812215990

ISBN - 13:9780812215991


Editorial Reviews

"A masterful analytical history of torture's emergence in Roman law, its insertion into the medieval law of proof, its gradual abolition after 1750, and its dreadful recrudescence in modern times. The book is an exemplary application of historical scholarship to an issue where emotions tend to run ahead of reason."—Times Literary Supplement