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- DescriptionBy 1700 London was the largest city in the world, with over 500,000 inhabitants. Very weakly policed, its streets saw regular outbreaks of rioting by a mob easily stirred by ecomic grievances, politics or religion. If the mob vented its anger more often on property than people, eighteenth-century Londoners frequently came to blows over personal disputes in a society where men and women were quick to defend their hour. Slanging matches easily turned to fisticuffs and slights on hour were avenged in duels. In this world, where the detection and prosecution of crime was the part of the business of the citizen, punishment, whether by the pillory, whipping at a cart's tail or hanging at Tyburn, was public and endorsed by crowds. The Mob draws a fascinating portrait of the public life of the modern world's first great city.
- Author BiographyROBERT 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 Proceedings, an electronic database of all printed eighteenth-century accounts of felony trials.
- Author(s)Robert Shoemaker
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication01/06/2004
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHambledon Continuum
- Content Note31ill.
- Weight807 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine37 mm
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