Prosecution and Punishment
Petty Crime and the Law in London and Rural Middlesex, c.1660-1725
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Prosecution and Punishment by Robert B. Shoemaker
Book DescriptionThe law was one of the most potent sources of authority and stability in early modern England. Historians, however, have argued over whether the discretion and flexibility embodied in the judicial system was used as a method of social control, and by focusing their attention on felonies and on the action of the protagonists in judicial decisions they have tended to ignore rich sources of information concerning attitudes towards and experiences of the law. Misdemeanour prosecutions affected many more people (and a broader social variety of participants) than felony prosecutions, and in their choice of methods of prosecution both victims and Justices of the Peace exercised considerably greater flexibility in responding to petty crimes than they did with felonies. This book examines the day-to-day operation of the criminal justice system in Middlesex from the point of view of plaintiffs and defendants, and offers an assessment of the social significance of the law in pre-industrial England.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521400824
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Aug-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert B. Shoemaker
Prosecution and Punishment, Paperback (July 2008)
This book offers an assessment of the social significance of the law in pre-industrial England.
Gender in English Society, 1650-1850, Paperback (March 1998)» View all books by Robert B. Shoemaker
In this social history of gender roles, the author examines change in the spheres of men and women, in family life and in public activity before and during the Industrial Revolution. He re-examines the view that women had greater economic and political opportunities in pre-industrial England.
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Author Biography - Robert B. Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker is Professor of Eighteenth-Century British History at the University of Sheffield. Holder of a Ph.D. from Stanford University, he is an expert on London history, gender, and crime and criminal justice in the 'long' eighteenth century.
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