Law and Order in Historical Perspective

Law and Order in Historical Perspective

The Case of Elizabethan Essex

1st Edition - January 28, 1974

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  • Author: Joel Samaha
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483269795

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Law and Order in Historical Perspective: The Case of Elizabethan Essex presents a brief description of what happened in the 16th-century criminal justice system from the commission of a felony until the disposition of the case occurred. This book discusses how criminal law actually operated in a community and how the system of the criminal justice was administered. Organized into two parts encompassing four chapters, this book begins with an overview of the statistics of crime and criminals in 16th-century England. This text then examines the law-enforcement machinery in Essex. Other chapters consider how officials view law, which determines the procedures they follow in executing it. This book discusses as well the institutional effectiveness of courts. The final chapter deals with reconstructing the system of criminal justice in Elizabethan Essex. This book is a valuable resource for historians. Students and readers who are connected professionally to the law will also find this book useful.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Prologue An English "Goshen"

    Part I The Statistics of Crime

    Chapter I. Crime and Criminals

    Part II The Criminal Justice System

    Chapter II. Crime, Society, and the Law

    Chapter III. The Justices of the Peace and Their Helpers

    Chapter IV. The Emergence of Modern Courts

    Conclusion The Larger Picture

    Appendix I Crime Distribution in Elizabethan Essex

    Appendix II Disposition of Cases

    Appendix III Crime and Punishment in Elizabethan Essex

    Appendix IV The Justices of the Peace

    Appendix V Modernization of Elizabethan Criminal Courts

    Appendix VI Relationship of Harvest Abundance and Crimes

    Appendix VII Raw Data for Chapters I and II



Product details

  • No. of pages: 192
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1974
  • Published: January 28, 1974
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483269795

About the Author

Joel Samaha

About the Editors

Charles Tilly

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Michigan, U.S.A.

Edward Shorter

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Toronto, Canada

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