- What are the key issues which the historian of violence in early modern Europe needs to address?
All students should read
Ruff, Julius R., Violence in Early Modern Europe 1500-1800 (Cambridge, 2001), Introduction
AND two of the following items:
- Bosworth, Mary, 'The Past as a Foreign Country? Some Methodological Implications of Doing Historical Criminology', The British Journal of Criminology 41/3 (2001), 431-442.
- Broomhall, Susan, 'Introduction: Violence and Emotions in Early Modern Europe', in Susan Broomhall and Sarah Finn, eds, Violence and Emotions in Early Modern Europe (London, 2015), pp. 1-18.
- Carroll, Stuart, 'Introduction', in Stuart Carroll, ed., Cultures of Violence: Interpersonal Violence in Historical Perspective (Basingstoke, 2007), pp. 1-43.
- Davies, Jonathan 'Introduction', in Jonathan Davies, ed., Aspects of Violence in Early Modern Europe (Farnham, 2013), pp. 1-13.
- Dwyer, Philip, 'Violence and its Histories: Meanings, Methods, Problems', History and Theory, Special Issue: Theorizing Histories of Violence, 56/4 (2017), 7–22.
- Eisner, Manuel, 'Human Evolution, History and Violence: An Introduction', The British Journal of Criminology 51/3 (2011), 473-478.
- de Haan, Willem, 'Violence as an Essentially Contested Concept', in Sophie Body-Gendrot and Pieter Spierenburg, eds, Violence in Europe: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (New York, 2008), pp. 27-40.
- Hanlon, Gregory, 'The Decline of Violence in the West: From Cultural to Post-cultural History', English Historical Review 128 (2013), 367–400.
- Loetz, Francisca, A New Approach to the History of Violence: "sexual assault" and "sexual abuse" in Europe, 1500-1850, trans. Rosemary Selle (Leiden, 2015), Chapter One.
- Schwerhoff, Gerd, 'Criminalized Violence and the Process of Civilization: A Reappraisal', Crime, History & Societies 6/2 (2002), 103-126.
- Springer, Simon, and Philippe Le Billon, 'Violence and Space: An Introduction to the Geographies of Violence', Political Geography 52 (2016), 1-3.
- Crime, History and Societies [Journal; articles published more than three years ago are available free]
- Charles Tilly Resources
Adler, Jeffrey S., and Thomas W. Gallant, ‘What Do Historians Have to Say about Violence?’ The Harry Guggenheim Foundation Review of Research 4 (2000)
Arnade, Peter, 'Carthage or Jerusalem? Princely Violence and the Spatial Transformation of the Medieval into the Early Modern City', Journal of Urban History 39/4 (2013), 726-748
Bernstein, Richard J., Violence: Thinking without Banisters (Cambridge, 2013)
Bessel, Richard, Violence: A Modern Obsession (London, 2015), Introduction
Besteman, Catherine, ed., Violence: A Reader (Basingstoke, 2002)
Body-Gendrot, Sophie, and Pieter Spierenburg, eds, Violence in Europe: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (New York, 2008)
Carroll, Stuart, 'Thinking with Violence', History and Theory, Special Issue: Theorizing Histories of Violence, 56/4 (2017), 23-43.
Eisner, Manuel, 'Long-Term Historical Trends in Violent Crime', Crime and Justice 30 (2003), 83-142.
Elias, Norbert, The Civilizing Process, trans. Edmond Jephcott, 2 vols (New York, 1978-82)
Evans, Brad, and Natasha Lennard (eds), Violence: Humans in Dark Times (San Francisco, 2018)
Evans, Brad, and Terrell Carver, 'The Subject of Violence', in Brad Evans and Terrell Carver, eds, Histories of Violence: Post-war Critical Thought (London, 2017), pp. 1-13.
Feldman, Allen, Formations of Violence: the Narrative of the Body and Political Terror in Northern Ireland (Chicago, 1991)
Gartner, Rosemary, and Bill McCarthy (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Crime (Oxford, 2014) [Especially the essays in Part II]
Guilaine, Jean, and Jean Zammit, The Origins of War: Violence in Prehistory (Oxford, 2005)
Hale, J.R., 'Violence in the Late Middle Ages: A Background', in Lauro Martines, ed., Violence and Disorder in Italian Cities, 1200-1500 (Berkeley, 1972), pp. 19-37.
Hallenberg, Mats, 'The Golden Age of the Aggressive Male? Violence, Masculinity and the State in Sixteenth-Century Sweden', Gender & History 25/1 (2013), 132–49.
Heitmeyer, Wilhelm, and John Hagan (eds), International Handbook of Violence Research (Dordrecht, 2003)
Johnson, Eric A., and Eric H. Monkkonen, eds, The Civilization of Crime: Violence in Town and Country since the Middle Ages (Urbana, 1996)
Lacour, Eva, ‘Faces of Violence Revisited. A Typology of Violence in Early Modern Rural Germany’, Journal of Social History 34/3 (2001), 649-667.
Malešević, Siniša, The Sociology of War and Violence (Cambridge, 2010)
Meumann, Markus, ‘The Experience of Violence and the Expectation of the End of the World in Seventeenth-Century Europe’, in Joseph Canning, Hartmut Lehmann and Jay Winter (eds), Power, Violence and Mass Death in Pre-modern and Modern Times (Farnham, 2004), pp. 141–62.
Ong, Walter J., Fighting for Life: Contest, Sexuality and Consciousness (Ithaca, 1981)
Roberts, Penny, 'French Historians and Collective Violence', History and Theory, Special Issue: Theorizing Histories of Violence, 56/4 (2017), 60-75.
Roth, Randolph, 'Homicide in Early Modern England 1549-1800 : The Need for a Quantitative Synthesis', Crime, History & Societies 5/2 (2001), 33-67.
Scheper-Hughes, Nancy, and Philippe I. Bourgois, 'Making Sense of Violence', in Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Philippe I. Bourgois, eds, Violence in War and Peace: An Anthology (Oxford, 2004), pp. 1-31.
Schinkel, Willem, Aspects of Violence: A Critical Theory (Basingstoke, 2010)
Sharpe, James, A Fiery and Furious People: A History of Violence in England (London, 2015)
Spierenburg, Pieter, A History of Murder: Personal Violence in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present (Cambridge, 2008). See the reviews by Trevor Dean and Robert Shoemaker.
Spierenburg, Pieter, ed., Men and Violence: Gender, Honor and Rituals in Modern Europe and America (Columbus OH 1998)
Spierenburg, Pieter,'Punishment, Power, and History: Foucault and Elias', Social Science History 28 (2004), 607-636.
Spierenburg, Pieter, 'Violence and the Civilizing Process: Does it Work?' Crime, History & Societies 5/2 (2001), 87-105.
Spierenburg, Pieter, Violence and Punishment: Civilizing the Body Through Time (Cambridge, 2013)
Springer, Simon, and Philippe Le Billon, Philippe, 'Violence and Space: An Introduction to the Geographies of Violence', Political Geography 52 (2016), 1-3.
Tilly, Charles, The Politics of Collective Violence (Cambridge, 2003)
Watson, Katherine D., 'Introduction', in Katherine D. Watson, ed., Assaulting the Past: Violence and Civilization in Historical Context (Cambridge, 2007), pp. 1-19.
Wood, John Carter, 'Conceptualizing Cultures of Violence and Cultural Change', in Stuart Carroll, ed., Cultures of Violence: Interpersonal Violence in Historical Perspective (Basingstoke, 2007), pp.79-96.
Wood, John Carter, 'It's a Small World After All?: Reflections on Violence in Comparative Perspectives', in Barry Godfrey, Clive Emsley and Graeme Dunstall, eds, Comparative Histories of Crime (Cullompton, 2003), pp. 36-52.
Wood, John Carter, 'The Limits of Culture? Society, Evolutionary Psychology and the History of Violence', Cultural and Social History 4/1 (2007), 95-114.
Wood, John Carter, 'Locating Violence: The Spatial Production and Construction of Physical Aggression', in Katherine D. Watson, ed., Assaulting the Past: Violence and Civilization in Historical Context (Newcastle, 2007), pp. 20-37.
Ziemann, Benjamin, 'Histories of Violence', Reviews in History (2012)