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By Pieter Spierenburg

This booklet bargains a desirable and insightful evaluate of 7 centuries of homicide in Europe. It tells the tale of the altering face of violence and records the long term decline within the prevalence of murder. From medieval vendettas to stylised duels, from the crime passionel of the fashionable interval correct as much as fresh public anxieties approximately serial killings and underworld assassinations, the e-book deals a richly illustrated account of murder’s metamorphoses.

In this unique and compelling contribution, Spierenburg sheds new gentle on numerous vital issues. He appears, for instance, on the transformation of murder from a personal subject, through revenge or reconciliation, right into a public crime, continually topic to kingdom intervention. Combining statistical info with a cultural strategy, he demonstrates the the most important function gender performed within the spiritualisation of male honour and the next aid of male-on-male aggression, in addition to delivering a comparative view of ways assorted social sessions practised and reacted to violence.

This authoritative examine might be of serious price to scholars and students of the heritage of crime and violence, criminology and the sociology of violence. At a time whilst homicide premiums are emerging and public fears approximately violent crime are escalating, this ebook also will curiosity the overall reader intrigued via how our courting with homicide reached this point.

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