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Author Linebaugh, Peter.

Title The London hanged : crime and civil society in the eighteenth century / Peter Linebaugh.

Published London : Verso, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  364.25609421 LINE    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bail  364.25609421 LINE    AVAILABLE
Edition New ed.
Physical description xxix, 492 pages : illustrations,4 maps ; 24cm
Notes Previous ed.: London: Penguin, 1991.
Contents Part 1 Pandaemonium and Finance Capitalism, 1690-1720 -- Chapter 1 'The Common Discourse of the Whole Nation': Jack Sheppard and the Art of Escape 7 -- Chapter 2 'Old Mr Gory' and the Thanatocracy 42 -- Chapter 3 Tyburnography: The Sociology of the Condemned 74 -- Part 2 Pedagogy of the Gallows under Mercantilism, 1720-50 -- Chapter 4 Picaresque Proletariat During the Robinocracy 119 -- Chapter 5 Socking, the Hogshead and Excise 153 -- Chapter 6 'Going Upon the Accompt': Highway Robbery under the Reigns of the Georges 184 -- Part 3 Industry and Idleness in the Period of Manufacture, 1750-76 -- Chapter 7 Cat Likes Cream: The Waging Hand in Five Trades 225 -- Chapter 8 Silk Makes the Difference 256 -- Chapter 9 If You Plead for Your Life, Plead in Irish 288 -- Part 4 Crisis of Thanatocracy in the Era of Revolution, 1776-1800 -- Chapter 10 Delivery of Newgate, 6 June 1780 333 -- Chapter 11 Ships and Chips: Technological Repression and the Origin of the Wage 371 -- Chapter 12 Sugar and Police: The London Working Class in the 1790s 402.
Summary Peter Linebaugh's groundbreaking history has become an inescapable part of any understanding of the rise of capitalism. In eighteenth-century London the spectacle of a hanging was not simply a form of punishing transgressors. Rather it evidently served the more sinister purpose -- for a privileged ruling class -- of forcing the poor population of London to accept the criminalization of customary rights and new forms of private property. Necessity drove the city's poor into inevitable conflict with the changing property laws such that all the working-class men and women of London had good reason to fear the example of Tyburn's triple tree.
In this new edition Peter Linebaugh reinforces his original arguments with responses to his critics based on an impressive array of historical sources. As the trend of capital punishment intensifies with the spread of global capitalism, The London Hanged also gains in contemporary relevance.
Subject Capital punishment -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century.
Social control -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century.
ISBN 1859846386 : £15.00