An Eye for an Eye
A Global History of Crime and Punishment
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Drawing on anthropology, archaeology, folklore, and literature, Roth chronicles the global history of crime and punishment—from early civilizations to the outlawing of sex crimes and serial homicide to the development of organized crime and the threat today of global piracy. He explores the birth of the penitentiary and the practice of incarceration as well as the modern philosophy of rehabilitation, arguing that these are perhaps the most important advances in the effort to safeguard citizens from harm. Looking closely at the retributions societies have condoned, Roth also look at execution and its many forms, showing how stoning, hemlock, the firing squad, and lethal injection are considered either barbaric or justified across different cultures. Ultimately, he illustrates that despite advances in every level of human experience, there is remarkable continuity in what is considered a crime and the sanctions administered.
Perfect for students, academics, and general readers alike, this interdisciplinary book provides a fascinating look at criminality and its consequences.
1. Crime and Punishment: In the Beginning
2. The Rise of Legal Traditions
3. Crime in a Changing Landscape: From Feudalism to the City and the State
4. The Transformation of Punishment and the Rise of the Penitentiary
5. Highwaymen, Bandits, Brigands and Bushrangers: Bands of Thieves and Early Organized Criminality
6. Prohibitions, Pirates, Slave Traders, Drug Smugglers and the Internationalization of Criminality
7. The Face of Modern Murder
8. Crime and Punishment in a Post-colonial World
9. Crime and Punishment in the Twenty-first Century