This lively and accessible text provides an introduction to the history of crime and crime control. It explains the historical background that is essential for an understanding of contemporary criminal justice and examines the historical context for contemporary criminological debates. For each topic, the book provides an overview of current research, comment on current arguments, and links to wider debates.




Why write this book? We like the popular metaphor of ‘the elephant in the room’ – a large issue which nobody mentions even though it is difficult to ignore. In criminology and crime history we appear to have two elephants in a very small room which both ignore each other. This volume intends to explore the relationship (mainly in Chapter 2) and to explore some areas where historical study can offer much to criminological understanding, and vice versa.

This book could have chosen any number of topics to explore. Each of the topics we finally selected will illustrate the utility of combining criminological and historical knowledge, but there are many others that would be equally valid that we have left unexplored for reasons of ...

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