Urbanization and Crime: Germany 1871-1914 / Edition 1

Urbanization and Crime: Germany 1871-1914 / Edition 1

by Eric A. Johnson
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Cambridge University Press

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Urbanization and Crime: Germany 1871-1914 / Edition 1

This book contributes to modern German history and to the sociological understanding of crime in urban societies. Its central argument is that cities do not cause crime. It focuses on crime during Germany's period of most rapid growth. From 1871-1914, German cities, despite massive growth, socialist agitation, non-ethnic immigration, and the censure of conservative elites, were not particularly crime-infested. Nevertheless, governmental authorities often overreacted against city populations, helping to set Germany on a dangerous authoritarian course.

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ISBN-13: 9780521527002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/19/2002
Edition description: First Paperback Edition
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The criminal justice system: safe streets in a well-organized police state; 2. Popular opinion: crime as a 'foreign' concept; 3. Long-term trends: the modernization of crime and the modernization of German society; 4. Urban-rural difference, ethnicity and hardship: cities are not to blame; 5. Criminals and victims: the crucial importance of gender; 6. Conclusion: crime rates, crime theories and German society.

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