Synopses & Reviews
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.
This book outlines changing ideas of law and punishment, from the ancient Babylonian code of Hammurabi, through Islamic Sharia law to modern notions of rehabilitation and the continued practice of corporal and capital punishment.
Discover strange and terrible methods of punishment, including the pillory; flogging; branding; hanging, drawing, and quartering; the guillotine; the bastinado; death of a thousand cuts; the scavenger's daughter; crucifixion; lethal injection; and the electric chair.
All sorts of punishment from all sorts of time and place
About the Author
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.