Crime, Police, and Penal Policy: European Experiences 1750-1940 by Clive Emsley

Review published on February 17, 2017.

This excellent introduction to the history of crime, policing and penal policy has arisen from the academic career of Professor Clive Emsley, one of Britain’s leading authorities on policing and crime history in Britain and across Europe. As this book covers not just Britain but also offers a comparative history, you can see how various systems of justice developed across Europe in particular ways. At the same time, it does evaluate the systems and whether they worked for a particular country. He also shows where countries learned from each other, sometime borrowing ideas. For those who are worried that this might be a heavy overly academic tome that the general reader should avoid like the plague, that is not the case at all. While it is academic, it is a book that is readable, as well as challenging prior knowledge, and all readers will learn something from it.

Paul Diggett 4/4

Crime, Police, and Penal Policy: European Experiences 1750-1940 by Clive Emsley
Oxford University Press 9780199669479 pbk Mar 2013

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