Tales from the German Underworld: Crime and Punishment in the Nineteenth Century

Tales from the German Underworld: Crime and Punishment in the Nineteenth Century

by Richard J. Evans
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300072244

ISBN-13: 9780300072242

Pub. Date: 04/20/1998

Publisher: Yale University Press

Through the means of four powerful and extraordinary narratives about a forgerer, adrunken female vagrant, a con man, and a prostitute in nineteenth-century Germany, thisbook explores intriguing questions about crime and justice in that era. The stories shedlight on reactions to German penal policy during a period when the physical punishmentof wrongdoers gave way

Overview

Through the means of four powerful and extraordinary narratives about a forgerer, adrunken female vagrant, a con man, and a prostitute in nineteenth-century Germany, thisbook explores intriguing questions about crime and justice in that era. The stories shedlight on reactions to German penal policy during a period when the physical punishmentof wrongdoers gave way to the concept of incarceration. .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300072242
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/20/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
vii(2)
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(10)
1. The Prussian Convicts' Journey to Siberia Aschenbrenner's Authentic History -- The Deportees -- 'Deterrent Examples' -- The World of the German Bandit -- 'A Remote Part of the Earth' -- Persistence of an Idea -- Mutiny and Brutality on the High Seas -- Crime Prevention and Penal Reform -- 'Evilly Inclined Persons' -- The Penal Colony Project -- On the Road to Siberia
11(82)
2. 'The Bailiff's Magic Rod' The Sufferings of Gesche Rudolph -- Honour and Shame -- The Campaign to Reinstate Corporal Punishment in the 1850s -- Public Decorum and Private Violence -- 'Gruesome Sexual Desire' -- The End of the Story
93(43)
3. The Many Identities of Franz Ernst The Story of an Adventurer -- The Art of Autobiography -- Conning the Crowned Heads of Europe -- Underworld Identities -- 'Nothing but a Racket'
136(30)
4. The Life and Death of a Lost Woman Journey to the Sexual Underworld -- Demand and Supply -- The Social Origins of Prostitution -- The Morals Police and 'Public Houses' -- Folk Devils and Moral Panics -- The Failure of Regulation -- Legal Problems and Community Protest -- Moral Entrepreneurs and Feminist Campaigners -- Narratives of Sexual Deviance
166(47)
Conclusion 213(10)
Notes 223(30)
Bibliography 253(17)
Index 270

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