Spotlight on crime

(Has to come around sooner or later in an election campaign.)

Now, I wouldn’t claim that you’ll find everything at these two pages, but they’re pretty darned good IMHO…
Early Modern Resources: crime, law and disorder
Crime, punishment and law (in need of updating)
Learning curve: Crime and punishment (middle ages to 20th century)
Tales of justice and vengeance in medieval England
Crime, justice and discretion in England 1740-1820 (book review)
History of crime and punishment in Britain 1790-1870
Crime and the Victorians
Victorian police and crime bibliography
Crime and the Victorian household
The idea of juvenile crime in 19th-century England
Cardiganshire Constabulary register of criminals 1897-1933
History of policing bibliography

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8 Responses to Spotlight on crime

  1. Sharon says:

    Chris, have you got any good 20th-century resources?…

  2. Chris Williams says:

    Funny you should mention that, but not really. However, you could add our police history bibliography (took me long enough to sort it out):
    http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/policebiblio/

  3. Sharon says:

    Funny, I thought I had that in one of my pages already. (There is another history of policing bibliography but the link seems to be broken, dammit. But that might be what I had in mind.) Thanks.

  4. Ancarett says:

    Great stuff. Will come in handy when I teach the history of crime unit again next February!

  5. Chris Williams says:

    If the other history of policing bibliography’s the one at Rutgers, then don’t worry: ours is basically an updated version of the Rutgers one, they let us have after its creator, Stanley Nash, died.

    Ooh, I forgot – Joanne Marie Klein has a page with a whole bunch of history of crime syllabi on it:http://sspa.boisestate.edu/SSHACrimJust/
    Mainly American but a couple are British also.

  6. Sharon says:

    Aha. I must get round to updating that page, but at least I won’t waste time chasing round google looking for a bibliography that doesn’t exist any more…

    Why aren’t there more good 20th-century resources though? There’s tons for the 19th century. Or does that reflect the historiography? (I’m not really up on 20th-century stuff, I’ll confess. Terrible, I know.)

  7. Chris Williams says:

    It’s a combination of the historiography and the amount of sources I reckon. Where there are only 6 sources, everyone wants to put them online (see: Medievalists). When there are a few tens of thousands, you can get a coalition together to put the best online (see: OBSP). But when there are millions, everyone tends to work on one each. So nobody can agree on what to digitise, if anything. Copyright shit happens ‘n all.

    Now, if only the AHRB agree to our bid to digitise the Met Police Orphanage archives…

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