An Essay on Crimes and Punishments

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The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd., 2006 - Law - 179 pages
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The first systematic study of the principles of crime and punishment. Originally published: London: Printed for E. Newberry, 1775. viii, [iv], 179, lxxix pp. Infused with the spirit of the Enlightenment, its advocacy of crime prevention and the abolition of torture and capital punishment marked a significant advance in criminological thought, which had changed little since the Middle Ages. It had a profound influence on the development of criminal law in Europe and the United States, especially among the founding fathers. Originally published anonymously in 1764, this is a reprint of the fourth edition, which contains an additional text attributed to Voltaire.


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CESARE BECCARIA [1738-1794] was an Italian Enlightenment thinker and jurist. He was known as the father of criminal and penal theory, based on this groundbreaking title.

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