The London Mob: Violence and Disorder in Eighteenth-century England

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Hambledon and London, 2004 - History - 393 pages
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By 1700, London was the largest city in the world with over 500,000 inhabitants. Weakly policed, its streets saw regular outbreaks of rioting by a mob easily stirred by economic grievances, politics or religion. In this world, fisticuffs, duels, footpads, pickpockets and tricksters abounded. Detection and prosecution of crime was the business of the citizen, and punishment, whether by the pillory, whipping or hanging, was public and endorsed by the crowd. The London Mob draws a fascinating portrait of the public life of the modern world's first great city, its struggles and, throughout the century, its growth and development in values and policing leading to a less volatile society.

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Robert Shoemaker is senior lecturer in history at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Prosecution and Petty Crime in London and Rural Middlesex, c. 1660-1725 and co-director of The Old Bailey Proceeedings, an electronic database of all printed eighteenth-century accounts of felony trials.

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