This introductory book offers a coherent history of twentieth century crime and the law in Britain, with chapters on topics ranging from homicide to racial hate crime, from incest to anarchism, from gangs to the death penalty. Pulling together a wide range of literature, David Nash and Anne-Marie Kilday reveal the evolution of attitudes towards criminality and the law over the course of the twentieth century. Highlighting important periods of change and development that have shaped the overall history of crime in Britain, the authors provide in-depth analysis and explanation of each theme.
This is an ideal companion for undergraduate students taking courses on Crime in Britain, as well as a fascinating resource for scholars.
ANNE-MARIE KILDAY is Principal Lecturer in History at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She researches and publishes on the history of violent crime and the history of female criminality since the early modern period. DAVID NASH is Professor of History at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He has published extensively in the areas of the history of blasphemy, blasphemous libel and religious crime for over fifteen years. He is also author of Cultures of Shame: Exploring Crime and Morality in Britain 1650-1900 with Anne-Marie Kilday, with whom he co-edited Histories of Crime: Britain 1600-2000.
Introduction: Britain in the Twentieth Century, David Nash and Anne-Marie Kilday.- Britain's Most 'Wanted': Homicide and Serial Murder since 1900, Anne-Marie Kilday.- Serious Property Offending in the Twentieth Century, Lucy Williams and Barry Godfrey.- Racial Hate Crime in Britain, David Nash.- Offences Against Children: Incest and Child Sexual Abuse, Kim Stevenson.- Anarchism, Assassination and Terrorism in Modern Britain, Johannes Dillinger.- `Hope I Die Before I Get Too Old': Social Rebellion and Social Diseases, Clifford Williamson.- Organised Crime, Criminality and the `Gangster', Heather Shore.- Punishment: The Death Penalty and Incarceration, Helen Johnston.- Law Enforcement: Policies and Perspectives, Neil Davie