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'Crime, Punishment, and Governance in Eighteenth-Century Britain'

Fri, November 4, 2011 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

'Crime, Punishment, and Governance in
Eighteenth-Century Britain'

Nicholas Rogers

The mid-eighteenth century is usually associated with the 'Bloody Code', when the terror of the gallows was balanced by judicial discretion and mercy.  This lecture will argue that the demobilization crisis of 1748-53 also saw the emergence of de-centered strategies of rule.  Governance cannot be divorced from class notations of power.

Nicholas Rogers is Distinguished Research Professor at York University, Toronto. His books include The Press Gang: Naval Impressment and its Opponents in Georgian Britain (2008).  His forthcoming book is entitled Confronting the Crime Wave: Demobilization and Disorder in mid-Eighteenth Century Britain.

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