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Past and Present Publications : Crime and Law in England, 1750-1840: Remaking Justice from the Margins - Peter King

Past and Present Publications

Crime and Law in England, 1750-1840: Remaking Justice from the Margins

Hardcover Published: 18th June 2014
ISBN: 9780521781992
Number Of Pages: 368

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How was law made in England in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries? Through detailed studies of what the courts actually did, Peter King argues that parliament and the Westminster courts played a less important role in the process of law making than is usually assumed. Justice was often remade from the margins by magistrates, judges and others at the local level. His book also focuses on four specific themes - gender, youth, violent crime and the attack on customary rights. In doing so it highlights a variety of important changes - the relatively lenient treatment meted out to women by the late eighteenth century, the early development of the juvenile reformatory in England before 1825, i.e. before similar changes on the continent or in America, and the growing intolerance of the courts towards everyday violence. This study will prove invaluable reading to anyone interested in British political and legal history.

"There is not much with which to quibble in this beautifully researched book. King's references show a mastery of historical writings relevant to his work as well as an understanding of the literature in several related fields such as criminology... his study is undeniably important." - H-Law, Elisabeth Cawthon, University of Texas at Arlington "Crime and Law in England is the product of years of painstaking research. While five of its ten chapters have previously been published, their reproduction here is a boon to anyone teaching criminal justice history. More importantly... King has advanced a thought-provoking argument with respect to the way in which we approach the history of English criminal justice as a whole." - H-Law, Allyson N. May, Department of History, The University of Western Ontario

Prefacep. ix
List of figuresp. xii
List of tablesp. xiv
Shaping and remaking justice from the margins. The courts, the law and patterns of lawbreaking 1750-1840p. 1
The rise of juvenile delinquency in England 1780-1840: changing patterns of perception and prosecutionp. 73
The punishment of juvenile offenders in the English courts 1780-1830. Changing attitudes and policiesp. 114
The making of the reformatory. The development of informal reformatory sentences for juvenile offenders 1780-1830p. 142
Gender, crime and justice in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Englandp. 165
Gender and recorded crime. The long-term impact of female offenders on prosecution rates across England and Wales 1750-1850p. 196
Non-lethal violence
Punishing assault: the transformation of attitudes in the English courtsp. 227
Changing attitudes to violence in the Cornish courts 1730-1830p. 255
The attack on customary rights
Legal change, customary right and social conflict in late eighteenth-century England: the origins of the Great Gleaning Case of 1788p. 281
Gleaners, farmers and the failure of legal sanctions in England 1750-1850p. 308
Indexp. 339
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ISBN: 9780521781992
ISBN-10: 052178199X
Series: Past and Present Publications
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 18th June 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.66