The London Hanged / Edition 2

The London Hanged / Edition 2

by Peter Linebaugh
     
 

ISBN-10: 1859845762

ISBN-13: 9781859845769

Pub. Date: 04/15/2003

Publisher: Verso Books

Peter Linebaugh’s groundbreaking history has become an inescapable part of any understanding of the rise of capitalism. In eighteenth-century London the spectacle of a hanging was not simply a form of punishing transgressors.

Rather it evidently served the most sinister purpose—for a prvileged ruling class—of forcing the poor population of

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Overview

Peter Linebaugh’s groundbreaking history has become an inescapable part of any understanding of the rise of capitalism. In eighteenth-century London the spectacle of a hanging was not simply a form of punishing transgressors.

Rather it evidently served the most sinister purpose—for a prvileged ruling class—of forcing the poor population of London to accept the criminalization of customary rights and the new forms of private property. Necessity drove the city’s poor into inevitable conflict with the changing property laws, such that all the working-class men and women of London had good reason to fear the example of Tyburn’s Triple Tree.

In this new edition Peter Linebaugh reinforces his original arguments with responses to his critics based on an impressive array of historical sources. As the trend of capital punishment intensifies with the spread of global capitalism, The London Hanged also gains in contemporary relevance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859845769
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Pages:
524
Sales rank:
972,764
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.82(h) x 1.48(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables, Figures and Maps
Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
Pt. 1Pandemonium and Finance Capitalism, 1690-1720
Ch. 1'The Common Discourse of the Whole Nation': Jack Sheppard and the Art of Escape7
Ch. 2'Old Mr. Gory' and the Thanatocracy42
Ch. 3Tyburnography: The Sociology of the Condemned74
Pt. 2The Pedagogy of the Gallows under Mercantilism, 1720-50
Ch. 4The Picaresque Proletariat During the Robinocracy119
Ch. 5Socking, the Hogshead and Excise153
Ch. 6'Going Upon the Accompt': Highway Robbery under the Reigns of the Georges184
Pt. 3Industry and Idleness in the Period of Manufacture, 1750-76
Ch. 7The Cat Likes Cream: The Waging Hand in Five Trades225
Ch. 8Silk Makes the Difference256
Ch. 9If You Plead for Your Life, Plead in Irish288
Pt. 4The Crisis of Thanatocracy in the Era of Revolution, 1776-1800
Ch. 10The Delivery of Newgate, 6 June 1780333
Ch. 11Ships and Chips: Technological Repression and the Origin of the Wage371
Ch. 12Sugar and Police: The London Working Class in the 1790s402
Afterword to the Second Edition443
Bibliography451
Index483

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