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Punishments II


This seminar continues our investigation of the various punishments used in early modern Europe. This week we will consider forced labour and imprisonment.

Seminar Questions

  • How did the use and experience of forced labour and imprisonment vary across early modern Europe?
  • How did contemporary attitudes towards forced labour and imprisonment vary across early modern Europe?

Required Reading

  • Each student should read Andrew Barrett and Christopher Harrison, eds, Crime and Punishment in England: A Sourcebook (London, 1999), pp. 130-135, 173-185.
  • Each student should also choose and read two articles or chapters from the following items:

Beattie, J. M., Policing and Punishment in London, 1660-1750: Urban Crime and the Limits of Terror (Oxford, 2001)

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

Griffiths, Paul, 'Contesting London Bridewell, 1576–1580' Journal of British Studies, 42/3, (2003), 283-315.

de las Heras Santos, José Luis, 'Women's Reformatories and Prisons in the Early Modern Age: Morality, Welfare and Repression of Women in the 17th and 18th Century', Procedia 161 (2014), 176-183.

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

Perry, Mary Elizabeth, Crime and Society in Early Modern Seville (Hanover, N.H., 1980), Chapter Four.

Sherman, William H., and William J. Shiels, eds, 'Prison Writings in Early Modern England', Huntington Library Quarterly, special issue, 72/2 (2009).

Spierenburg, Pieter, The Prison Experience: Disciplinary Institutions and their Inmates in Early Modern Europe (New Brunswick, 1991; rept. Amsterdam, 2007)

Woodfine, Philip, 'Debtors, Prisons, and Petitions in Eighteenth-Century England', Eighteenth-Century Life 30 (2006), 1-31.