Law, crime and English society, 1660-1830

edited by Norma Landau

This book examines how the law was made, defined, administered, and used in eighteenth-century England. A team of leading international historians explore the ways in which legal concerns and procedures came to permeate society and reflect on eighteenth-century concepts of corruption, oppression, and institutional efficiency. These themes are pursued throughout in a broad range of contributions which include studies of magistrates and courts; the forcible enlistment of soldiers and sailors; the eighteenth-century 'bloody code'; the making of law basic to nineteenth-century social reform; the populace's extension of law's arena to newspapers; theologians' use of assumptions basic to English law; Lord Chief Justice Mansfield's concept of the liberty intrinsic to England; and Blackstone's concept of the framework of English law. The result is an invaluable account of the legal bases of eighteenth-century society which is essential reading for historians at all levels.

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  • 1. Introduction Norma Landau
  • Part I. Law: 2. Dread of the Crown Office: the magistracy and King's Bench 1740-1800 Douglas Hay
  • 3. The trading justice's trade Norma Landau
  • 4. Impressment and the law in eighteenth-century Britain Nicholas Rogers
  • Part II. Crime: 5. 'Press gangs are better magistrates than the Middlesex justices.' Young offenders, press gangs and prosecution strategies in eighteenth and early nineteenth-century England Peter King
  • 6. Making the 'bloody code'? Forgery legislation in eighteenth-century England Randall McGowen
  • 7. Mapping the criminal law: Blackstone and the categories of English jurisprudence David Lieberman
  • Part III. Society: 8. After Somerset: Mansfield, slavery and the law in England, 1772-1830 Ruth Paley
  • 9. Religion and the law: evidence, proof and 'matter of fact' 1660-1700 Barbara Shapiro
  • 10. The press and public apologies in eighteenth-century London Donna Andrew
  • 11. Origins of the factory acts: the Health and Morals of Apprentices Act 1802 Joanna Innes.

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書名 Law, crime and English society, 1660-1830
著作者等 Landau, Norma
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2002
ページ数 xii, 264 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521642612
NCID BA6028654X
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス