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Throughout history, cultures around the world have found justice for the most extreme crimes by condemning the guilty to death. Retribution has been sought by many methods, from beheading, garroting, entombment, and burning to modern means such as electrocution and lethal injection. For the infliction of torturous pain, even more ingenious devices have been employed. While torture has usually been carried out behind closed doors, it is only recently that executions have ceased to be a popular public spectacle.The...
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Guilford, Connecticut, U.S.A. 2003 Pictorial Softcover First Paperback Edition Fine 4to-over 9?"-12" tall. "Learn the grisly history of torture and execution from Biblical times ... through the Greek and Roman Empires, and how it helped to shape the modern world. Discover the brutal methods adopted by the Vikings, Druids, and the first Anglo-Saxons. Trace the evolution of these devicespfrom the sword to the gallows, the gibbet to the guillotine....Chart the history of state-imposed death penalties, from hanging to the electric chair, firing squads to lethal injection, and how it has affected man's quest for human rights. " This book has 192 pages and is profusely illustrated. Read more Show Less

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Throughout history, cultures around the world have found justice for the most extreme crimes by condemning the guilty to death. Retribution has been sought by many methods, from beheading, garroting, entombment, and burning to modern means such as electrocution and lethal injection. For the infliction of torturous pain, even more ingenious devices have been employed. While torture has usually been carried out behind closed doors, it is only recently that executions have ceased to be a popular public spectacle.The History of Torture and Execution examines these fascinating but grisly subjects by time, region, and method. Beginning with the often crude methods of meting out justice used by early and first-millennium civilizations, and evolving from the sadistic tools of the medieval age to the modern search for humane execution methods, controversial issues are authoritatively covered. More than 180 black-and-white and color images illustrate the many and varied engines of this final punishment, and the inclusion of stories told by the victims themselves gives chilling insight into the horrors faced by prisoners condemned to die for their crimes.
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The evolution of humankind reveals a grisly history of torture, persecution, and execution. With every civilizing achievement, there have been corresponding examples of state-sanctioned torture or execution. The Bible itself applies the death penalty to 30 different misdemeanors, while the Middle Ages were highlighted by barbarous forms of torture. Farrington (Natural Disasters: The Terrifying Forces of Nature) provides hundreds of photos and illustrations in a full-color account of the many cruel and violent ways in which punishment has been administered. She chronicles a large number of past state-sanctioned acts of punishment (e.g., stonings, festivals of death) as well as modern forms of capital punishment (lethal injections, gas chambers). The author concludes that the use of execution in religious ritual is older than recorded history and is universal to all cultures; state-sponsored executions, moreover, have been used both as deterrents and as punishment. Although this book does not offer new insights, it does provide an excellent chronological perspective that is easy to read. Recommended for specialized collections in criminology and deviant behavior.--Tim Delaney, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Military historian Kellaway chronicles these fascinating but grisly subjects by time, region, and method, beginning with the methods used by early civilizations, then covering the evolution from the sadistic tools of the medieval age to the modern search for humane execution. She includes hundreds of color photographs and illustrations as well as stories told by the victims themselves. Not recommended for the faint of heart. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585746224
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.58 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Early Civilizations 8
Death by the Nile 10
Tyranny of the Greeks 12
Martyrs of the Arena 14
Stoning 16
Crucifixion 18
Roman Torture 20
The First Millennium 22
The Vikings 24
The Druids 26
Slow Death in China 28
The Anglo-Saxons 30
The Bog Bodies 32
The End of the Millennium 34
Before the Age of Reason 36
Ax and Block 38
Victims 40
Swordsmen 42
The Bloody Codes 44
Traffic at Tyburn 46
A Festival of Death 48
Hanged, Drawn and Quartered 50
The Gibbet 52
Burning 54
Execution Devices in Europe 56
Water Torture 58
Amputation 60
Branding 62
The Pillory 64
Whipping 66
Torture Chamber 68
Pressing to Death 70
Witch Hunts in Europe 72
Witch Hunts in England 74
The Salem Sensation 76
Papal Inquisition 78
Knights Templars 80
The Stifling of Science 82
Dungeons 84
Jails 86
A New World 88
Poor Houses 90
Clapped in Irons 92
Asylums 94
Prison Reforms 96
Silent and Solitary Confinement 98
Transportation 100
Hulks 108
Hangmen 110
Cheating the Gallows 112
Hanging: The Drop 114
Hangings Behind Closed Doors 116
Penalties for Piracy 118
Slavery 120
Slave Punishment 122
Army Discipline 124
Navy Discipline 126
Forerunners of the Guillotine 128
The Guillotine's Innovators 130
Guillotine in Overdrive 132
The 20th Century 134
Execution in the 21st Century 136
Last Days of the Guillotine 138
Electric Chair 140
Gas Chamber 142
Lethal Injection 144
Firing Squad 146
Hanging and the Judicial System 148
Death Row, USA 150
A View from Death Row 152
Death Row, Asia 154
Drug Offenders and Their Fate 156
State-Sponsored Torture 158
Chain Gangs 160
Bloody Money 162
Prison Conditions 164
Crimes Against the State 166
Lynchings 168
Concentration Camps 170
War Crimes of the First World War 172
Gulags 174
War Crimes of the Second World War 176
War Crimes in Asia 178
Justice at Nuremberg 180
Ethnic Cleansing 182
Conclusion 189
Glossary 190
Index 191
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