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Crime and Society in England, 1750–1900

Crime and Society in England, 1750–1900

Forthcoming

Clive Emsley
January 08, 2018

Ranging from the middle of the eighteenth through to the end of the nineteenth century, Crime and Society in England, 1750-1900 explores the developments in policing, the courts and the penal system as England became increasingly industrialised and urbanised. Through a consideration of the...

Sex, Politics and Society: The Regulation of Sexuality Since 1800

Sex, Politics and Society: The Regulation of Sexuality Since 1800

Jeffrey Weeks
August 14, 2017

A pioneering study which has become an established classic in its field, Sex, Politics and Society provides a lucid and comprehensive analysis of the transformations of British sexual life from 1800 to the present. These changes are firmly located in the wider context of British social, political...

Sex, Politics and Society: The Regulations of Sexuality Since 1800

Sex, Politics and Society: The Regulations of Sexuality Since 1800

Jeffrey Weeks
June 28, 2012

A pioneering study which has become an established classic in its field, Sex, Politics and Society provides a lucid and comprehensive analysis of the transformations of British sexual life from 1800 to the present. These changes are firmly located in the wider context of social change, from...

Crime and Society in England: 1750 - 1900

Crime and Society in England: 1750 - 1900

Clive Emsley
March 11, 2010

Acknowledged as one of the best introductions to the history of crime in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries,Crime and Society in England 1750-1900 examines thedevelopments in policing, the courts, and the penal system as England became increasingly industrialised and urbanised. The book...

Women's Agency in Early Modern Britain and the American Colonies

Women's Agency in Early Modern Britain and the American Colonies

Rosemary O'Day
November 01, 2007

Women in early modern Britain and colonial America were not the weak husband- and father-dominated characters of popular myth. Quite the reverse, strong women were the norm.  They exercised considerable influence as important agents in the social, economic, religious and cultural life of their...

The Professions in Early Modern England, 1450-1800: Servants of the Commonweal

The Professions in Early Modern England, 1450-1800: Servants of the Commonweal

Rosemary O'Day
November 21, 2000

This new history examines the development of the professions in England, centering on churchmen, lawyers, physicians, and teachers. Rosemary O'Day also offers a comparative perspective looking at the experience of Scotland and Ireland and Colonial Virginia....

Newspapers and English Society 1695-1855

Newspapers and English Society 1695-1855

Hannah Barker
October 18, 1999

This lively new study covers the dramatic expansion of the press from the seventeenth century to the mid nineteenth century. Hannah Barker explores the factors behind the rise of newspapers to a major force helping to reflect and shape public opinion and altering the way in which politics operated...

The English Town, 1680-1840: Government, Society and Culture

The English Town, 1680-1840: Government, Society and Culture

Rosemary Sweet
May 21, 1999

An impressively thorough exploration of the changing functions, character and experience of English towns in a key age of transition which includes smaller communities as well as the larger industrialising towns. Among the issues examined are demography, social stratification, manners, religion,...

Crime in Early Modern England 1550-1750

Crime in Early Modern England 1550-1750

James A Sharpe
November 04, 1998

Still the only general survey of the topic available, this widely-used exploration of the incidence, causes and control of crime in Early Modern England throws a vivid light on the times. It uses court archives to capture vividly the everyday lives of people who would otherwise have left little...

Popular Cultures in England 1550-1750

Popular Cultures in England 1550-1750

Barry Reay
July 29, 1998

Explores the important aspects of popular cultures during the period 1550 to 1750. Barry Reay investigates the dominant beliefs and attitudes across all levels of society as well as looking at different age, gender and religious groups....

Gender in English Society 1650-1850: The Emergence of Separate Spheres?

Gender in English Society 1650-1850: The Emergence of Separate Spheres?

Robert B. Shoemaker
March 06, 1998

A lively social history of the roles of men and women - from workplace to household, from parish church to alehouse, from market square to marriage bed. Robert Shoemaker investigates such varied topics as crime, leisure, the theatre, religious observance, notions of morality and even changing...

Health and Society in Twentieth Century Britain

Health and Society in Twentieth Century Britain

Helen Jones
February 28, 1994

Few things tell us more of a nation's general well-being than the development of the life-expectancy of its citizens; the rising standards of health that they come to demand; and how evenly that improvement is shared throughout society. Helen Jones examines the record of twentieth-century Britain...

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