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Law and Order in Historical Perspective - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780127857565, 9781483269795

Law and Order in Historical Perspective

1st Edition

The Case of Elizabethan Essex

Author: Joel Samaha
Editors: Charles Tilly Edward Shorter
eBook ISBN: 9781483269795
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1974
Page Count: 192
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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



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




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28th January 1974
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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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