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Title: Tyburn : a study of crime and the labouring poor in London during the first half of the eighteenth century
Author: Linebaugh, Peter
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1975
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This thesis examines the relationship between crime and the labouring poor in London during the first half of the eighteenth century. Part One presents the results of a statistical analysis of the judicial records, an analysis not attempted before. In interpreting those results we show the limitations of that analysis. One of these, the problem of crime when it does not appear in the judicial records but in the struggle over the form of the wage, is described in Part Two. Part Three describes, verifies, and analyzes the contents of the Ordinary of Newgate's Accounts of those hanged. This evidence shows that social differences between criminals and the labouring poor were non-existent. Part Four presents a series of studies which place crime within some concrete sectors of London production in order to show that a qualitative difference between ttindustriale struggles and criminality cannot be sustained. Part Five analyzes the disturbances of the Tyburn mob from the opposing points of view of the magistracy, the surgeons, and the physicians on the one hand, and the friends and relations of the hanged on the other. In conclusion we recapitulate a point first made in the introduction: the indivisibility of the problems of crime and the labouring poor in eighteenth century London. Much of the work of the thesis rests on research in historical records that heretofore have not been used systematically. I hope that this thesis contributes some new knowledge to the history of eighteenth century London, to the history of crime, and to the general problem of capitalist accumulation before the industrial revolution.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: DA Great Britain ; HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare