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Albion's fatal tree : crime and society in eighteenth-century England /
Douglas Hay ... [et al.].
edition
Rev. ed.
imprint
London : Verso, 2011.
description
xlix, 17-352 p., [12] p. of plates : ill., map ; 21 cm.
ISBN
1844677168 (pbk.), 9781844677160 (pbk.)
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Book
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imprint
London : Verso, 2011.
isbn
1844677168 (pbk.)
9781844677160 (pbk.)
contents note
Property, authority, and the criminal law / Douglas Hay -- The Tyburn riot against the surgeons / Peter Linebaugh -- Sussex smugglers / Cal Winslow -- Wrecking the coastal plunder / John G. Rule -- Poaching and the game laws on Cannock Chase / Douglas Hay -- The crime of anonymity / E.P. Thompson -- Appendix: a sampler of letters.
catalogue key
8271905
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Close, meticulous scholarship, imagination, a joyous use of literary and 'qualitative' evidence … and the driving force of commitment make it memorable
Erudite … and elegantly pungent.
Immensely advances our understanding both of Hanoverian England and of the relationship between law and society in general.
'oeClose, meticulous scholarship, imagination, a joyous use of literary and '~qualitative' evidence '¦ and the driving force of commitment make it memorable'
'oeErudite '¦ and elegantly pungent.'
'oeImmensely advances our understanding both of Hanoverian England and of the relationship between law and society in general.'
'oeProvocative, full of insights into neglected phases of eighteenth-century social history, and at times profound.'
Provocative, full of insights into neglected phases of eighteenth-century social history, and at times profound.
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Leading historians present a fascinating collection of essays on the 18th century legal system and those who passed through it.
Main Description
In the popular imagination, informed as it is by Hogarth, Swift, Defoe and Fielding, the eighteenth-century underworld is a place of bawdy knockabout, rife with colourful eccentrics. But the artistic portrayals we have only hint at the dark reality. In this new edition of a classic collection of essays, renowned social historians from Britain and America examine the gangs of criminals who tore apart English society, while a criminal law of unexampled savagery struggled to maintain stability. Douglas Hay deals with the legal system that maintained the propertied classes, and in another essay shows it in brutal action against poachers; John G. Rule and Cal Winslow tell of smugglers and wreckers, showing how these activities formed a natural part of the life of traditional communities. Together with Peter Linebaugh "s piece on the riots against the surgeons at Tyburn, and E. P. Thompson "s illuminating work on anonymous threatening letters, these essays form a powerful contribution to the study of social tensions at a transformative and vibrant stage in English history. This new edition includes a new introduction by Winslow, Hay and Linebaugh, reflecting on the turning point in the social history of crime that the book represents.
Main Description
In the popular imagination, informed as it is by Hogarth, Swift, Defoe and Fielding, the eighteenth-century underworld is a place of bawdy knockabout, rife with colourful eccentrics. But the artistic portrayals we have only hint at the dark reality. In this new edition of a classic collection of essays, renowned social historians from Britain and America examine the gangs of criminals who tore apart English society, while a criminal law of unexampled savagery struggled to maintain stability. Douglas Hay deals with the legal system that maintained the propertied classes, and in another essay shows it in brutal action against poachers; John G. Rule and Cal Winslow tell of smugglers and wreckers, showing how these activities formed a natural part of the life of traditional communities. Together with Peter Linebaugh's piece on the riots against the surgeons at Tyburn, and E. P. Thompson's illuminating work on anonymous threatening letters, these essays form a powerful contribution to the study of social tensions at a transformative and vibrant stage in English history. This new edition includes a new introduction by Winslow, Hay and Linebaugh, reflecting on the turning point in the social history of crime that the book represents
Main Description
Leading historians present a fascinating collection of essays on the eighteenth-century legal system and those who passed through it.
Table of Contents
List of Inustrations and Mapsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
prefacep. xv
Introduction to the Second Editionp. xix
Douglas Hay: Property, Authority and the Criminal Lawp. 17
Peter Linebaugh: The Tyburn Riot Against the Surgeonsp. 65
Cal Winslow: Sussex Smugglersp. 119
John G. Rule: Wrecking the Coastal Plunderp. 167
Douglas Hay: Poaching and the Game Laws on Cannock Chasep. 189
E. P. Thompson: The Crime of Anonymityp. 255
Appendix: A Sampler of Lettersp. 309
Index of Persons and Placesp. 345
Index of Subjectsp. 349
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