Law, Crime and English Society, 1660–1830

Law, Crime and English Society, 1660–1830

Written from Marxist and liberal perspectives, this study examines how eighteenth-century English law was defined and administered. It introduces current debates about British society in the era in which England became the world's leading nation. Contributions from leading international historians consider eighteenth-century legal institutions in relation to contemporary concepts of corruption, oppression and institutional efficiency. The result is an original account of the legal basis of eighteenth-century society.


"...of great interest..." John V. Orth, University of North Carolina, School of Law, Albion

"These essays are uniformly good--well written and substantively significant." Journal of Social History

"...solidly grounded in primary research and present[s] fresh evidence about important issues..." History

"This wide-ranging, stimulating, and meticulously edited volume should be of profound interest to scholars of English criminal justice administration, social relations, and governance will surely spark further scholarship and debate." Law and History Review

"This is a fine collection. Each contribution is original and deeply researched. But certainly, for those already acquainted with the work of John Beattie and those he has inspired, it offers an important contribution to ongoing debate." Canadian Journal of Jistory, John Sainsbury, Brock University

Reference Title: BOOKS

Reference Type: reference-list

The English court in the reign of George Ⅰ (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1967)
Ed., Attitudes towards crime and punishment in Upper Canada, 1830–1850: a documentary study (Toronto: Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto, 1977)
Crime and the courts in England, 1660–1800 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986)
Policing and punishment in London, 1660–1750: urban crime and the limits of terror (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001)

Reference Title: ARTICLES

Reference Type: reference-list

‘The court of George Ⅰ in English politics’, English Historical Review, vol. 81 (1966)
‘Towards a study of crime in eighteenth-century England: a note on indictments’, in P. Fritz and D. Williams, eds., The triumph of culture: eighteenth-century perspectives (Toronto: A. M. Hackert, 1972)
‘The pattern of crime in England, 1660–1800’, Past and Present, no. 62 (1974), reprinted in Eric Monkkonen, ed., Crime and justice in American history: the colonies and early republic, 2 vols. (Westport, Conn.: Meckler, 1991)
‘The criminality of women in eighteenth-century England’, Journal of Social History, vol. 8 (1975), reprinted in D. Kelly Weisberg, ed., Women and the law: the social historical perspective (Cambridge, Mass.: Schenkman, 1982)
‘Crime and the courts in Surrey’, in J. S. Cockburn, ed., Crime in England, 1550–1800 (London: Methuen, 1977)
‘Misdaad door vrouwen en de wet’ [Women, crime and the law], Spiegel Historiael (Dec. 1977)
‘Judicial records and the measurement of crime in eighteenth-century England’, in Louis A. Knafla, ed., Crime and justice in Europe and Canada (Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1981)
‘Administering justice without police: criminal trial procedure in eighteenth-century England’, in Rita Donelan, ed., The maintenance of order in society (Ottawa: Ministry of Supply and Services, Canada, 1982)
‘Violence and society in early modern England’, in Anthony N. Doob and Edward L. Greenspan, eds., Perspectives in criminal law (Aurora, Ont.: Canada Law Book, 1985)
‘London jurors in the 1690s’, in J. S. Cockburn and T. A. Green, eds., Twelve good men and true: the English criminal trial jury, 1200–1800 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988)
‘The royal pardon and criminal procedure in early-modern England’, Historical Papers [Canadian Historical Association] (1988)
‘Criminal sanctions in England since 1500’, in Martin L. Friedland, ed., Sanctions and rewards in the legal system: a multidisciplinary perspective (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1989)
‘Criminal trial in the reign of William Ⅲ’, in Peter Maccubbin, ed., The age of William Ⅲ and Mary Ⅱ: power, politics and patronage, 1688–1702 (New York: Grolier Club, 1989)
‘Crime, policing, and punishment in England, 1550–1850: a bibliographical essay’, in Jane Gladstone, Richard Ericson and Clifford Shearing, eds., Criminology: a reader's guide (Toronto: Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto, 1991)
‘Garrow for the defence’, History Today, vol. 41 (February 1991)
‘Scales of justice: defense counsel and the English criminal trial in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries’, Law and History Review, vol. 9 (1991)
‘The cabinet and the management of death at Tyburn after the revolution of 1688’, in L. Schwoerer, ed., The revolution of 1688–89: changing perspectives (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992)
‘London crime and the making of the ’‘bloody code”, 1689–1718’, in L. Davison et al., eds., Stilling the grumbling hive: the response to social and economic problems in England, 1689–1750 (Gloucester: Allen Sutton, 1992)
‘English penal ideas and the origins of imprisonment’, in Wendy Barnes, ed., Taking responsibility: citizen involvement in the criminal justice system (Toronto: Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto, 1995)
‘Women, crime and inequality in eighteenth-century London’, in J. Hagan and R. D. Person, eds., Crime and inequality (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995)
‘Women and crime in Augustan London’, in Valerie Frith, ed., Women and history: voices of early modern England (Toronto: Coach House Press, 1995)