Many books seek to explain the general principles of the criminal law. Crime, Reason and History stands out and alone as a book that critically and concisely analyses these principles and comes up with a different viewpoint: that the law is shaped by social history and therefore systematically structured around conflicting elements. Updated extensively to include two new chapters on loss of control and self defence and with an extended treatment of offence and defence, this new edition combines challenging and sophisticated analysis with accessibility.
Alan Norrie is Head of School and Professor in the School of Law at the University of Warwick.
Part I. Context: 1. Contradiction, critique and criminal law; 2. The historical context of criminal doctrine; Part II. Mens Rea: 3. Motive and intention; 4. Recklessness; Part III. Actus Reus: 6. Acts and omissions; 7. Causation; Part IV. Defences: 8. Necessity and duress; 9. Insanity and diminished responsibility; 10. Self defence; 11. Loss of control; Part V. Concluding: 12. Sentencing; 13. Conclusion.