Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790-1920

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Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790-1920 focuses on the long nineteenth century, a period of rapid evolution for crime and its associated legal/penal systems. The nineteenth century was a period of major social upheaval and technological development. Almost all aspects of society underwent transformation during this time, and the law adapted to these changes.

This time period saw major reforms of prison, legal, and judicial systems, the development of a dedicated police force and crime fighting as a profession, and advances in science which created forensics. The collection covers Europe, North America, India, and the Antipodes

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Provider: Gale
Coverage: 1790-1920