Encyclopedia of Capital Punishment

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Overview

Encyclopedia of Capital Punishment is a carefully researched reference work that provides a nonpartisan overview of capital punishment through the ages, addressing the history of capital punishment from the seventeenth century B.C.E. to the present and covering controversies, particular cases, and attitudes toward the death penalty in many countries. Included among the more than 240 alphabetically arranged entries are biographies of famous people who have been executed - as well as some famous executioners; biographies of advocates, opponents, and reformers of capital punishment; landmark U.S. court cases; descriptions of various methods of execution throughout history; relevant literary works; eyewitness accounts of executions; statistics; and various historical and contemporary concepts. Also included in this comprehensive work are a detailed timeline, a master bibliography, and an index. Students, scholars, and library patrons researching the historical and contemporary issues, events, and people tied to capital punishment will turn to this volume again and again.

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up--Alphabetically arranged articles cover every aspect the subject: court cases, organizations, people who have been executed (including kings, queens, and consorts), novels and manuscripts, last words, execution methods, and more. The articles, which range in length from two-or-three paragraphs to two pages, are sometimes gruesome and always fascinating. They are written in a conversational style and each one is followed by a list of sources. Some have cross-references to other articles. Appendixes include a lengthy bibliography of books, articles, and reports; a time line that begins with Hammurabi's Code and goes to 1994; and a comprehensive index. Most titles on the death penalty discuss the issues (e.g., Paul A. Winters's The Death Penalty [Greenhaven, 1996]) or concentrate on one area, such as court cases (e.g., Stephen A. Flanders's Capital Punishment [Facts On File, 1991]). This book covers more aspects of the subject without bias and will be of interest for both reports and browsing.--Dana McDougald, Cedar Shoals High School, Athens, GA
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Considers the history of state-sanctioned homicide from the 17th century BCE to the present. Most of the entries are people who were executed or had some impact on the debate or practice. Other topics include breaking on the wheel, court cases, the electric chair, the Molly Maquires, the Nuremberg war crimes defendants, purge trials, race, and theories of retribution and deterrence. Includes a general and entry-specific bibliographies, and a chronology. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874368710
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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