Coronavirus (Covid-19): Latest updates and information
Skip to main content Skip to navigation

The Problem of Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Europe

Introduction

This seminar is an overture to the whole module. In it, we will engage with a variety of approaches to crime and punishment in early modern Europe. We will also uncover and begin to discuss issues which we will return to across the year.

Seminar Question

What are the key issues which the historian of crime and punishment needs to address?

Required Reading

In preparing an answer to the seminar question, each student should choose and read three of the following items:

Classen, Albrecht, and Connie Scarborough, 'Crime, Transgression, and Deviancy: Behaviors that Define Us All' in Abrecht Classen and Connie Scarborough, eds, Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age: Mental-Historical Investigations of Basic Human Problems and Social Responses (Berlin, 2012), pp. 1-28.

Dean, Trevor, and Kate Lowe, 'Writing the History of Crime in the Italian Renaissance', in Trevor Dean and K. J. P. Lowe, eds, Crime, Society, and the Law in Renaissance Italy (Cambridge, 1994), pp. 1-15.

Gaskill, Malcolm, Crime and Mentalities in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2000), Chapter One.

Godfrey, Barry, 'The Crime Historian's Modus Operandi', in Paul Knepper and Anja Johansen, eds, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Crime and Criminal (Oxford, 2016), pp. 38-56.

Heijden, Manon van der, Women and Crime in Early Modern Holland, trans. David McKay (Leiden, 2016), Chapter One.

Knepper, Paul, and Anja Johansen, 'Introduction' in Paul Knepper and Anja Johansen, eds, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Crime and Criminal (Oxford, 2016), pp. 1-14.

Kollmann, Nancy Shields, Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Russia (Cambridge, 2015), Chapter One.

Lawrence, Paul, 'The Historiography of Crime and Criminal Justice' in Paul Knepper and Anja Johansen, eds, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Crime and Criminal (Oxford, 2016), pp. 18-37.

Lemmings, David, and Allyson N. May, eds, Criminal Justice During the Long Eighteenth Century: Theatre, Representation and Emotion (Abingdon, 2018), Chapter One.

Schlau, Stacey, Gendered Crime and Punishment: Women and/in the Hispanic Inquisitions (Leiden, 2013), Chapter One.

Wiltenburg, Joy, Crime and Culture in Early Modern Germany (Charlottesville, VA, 2012), Introduction.

Further Reading

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.

Eisner, Manuel, 'Long-Term Historical Trends in Violent Crime', Crime and Justice 30 (2003), 83-142.

Gray, Drew D., Crime, Policing and Punishment in England, 1660-1914 (London, 2016), Introduction.

Heijden, Manon van der, and Marion Pluskota, 'Introduction to Crime and Gender in History' Journal of Social History 51/4 (2018), 661–671.

Knepper, Paul, Writing the History of Crime (London, 2016)

Muir, Edward, and Guido Ruggiero, eds., History from Crime, trans. Corrada Biazzo Curry, Margaret A. Gallucci, and Mary M. Gallucci (Baltimore, 1994) [For microhistorical approaches]

Schwerhoff, Gerd, 'Criminalized Violence and the Process of Civilization: A Reappraisal', Crime, History & Societies 6/2 (2002), 103-126.