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The history of punishment
Lyons, Lewis.
Personal Author:
First Lyons Press edition.
Publication Information:
Guilford, CT : Lyons Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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HV8497 .L96 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Crime has always been apart of human society. It has been punished in many ways: from banishment to flogging and the death penalty. The History of Punishment reviews the penalties imposed in different cultures and times, addressing some intriguing questions:

- Can imprisonment reform a criminal?
- How can a punishment be made to fit the crime?
- Who should decide what is fit punishment - should the victim have a say?

This book takes a wide view of legally imposed punishment, looking at how it has been used in different societies (from Singapore to Pakistan) and different times (from ancient Greece right up to the present day). Alongside the clear and informative text, historical etchings and artworks as well as archive and press photographs offer a complete portrait of imprisonment, deportation, corporal punishment and the death penalty.

Author Notes

LEWIS LYONS is a freelance author and journalist based in London, England, who has written on everything from business law to sewage. He was educated at Oxford University and The University of London and started his career working for a London community newspaper. He spent seven years in the United States, for the most part in New York City, where he headed a photo agency, edited a computer magazine,and wrote on technology, music, business, culture, and society.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Law and Justicep. 6
Chapter 1 Early Historyp. 10
Chapter 2 From Moses to Mohammedp. 28
Chapter 3 Democracy & Law: the European Legacyp. 52
Chapter 4 India and Chinap. 70
Chapter 5 Corporal Punishmentp. 84
Chapter 6 Throwing Away the Key: Imprisonmentp. 102
Chapter 7 Torturep. 126
Chapter 8 The Death Penaltyp. 154
Conclusion: Punishment Todayp. 182
Bibliographyp. 188
Indexp. 189