Mayhem

    Mayhem

    Post-War Crime and Violence in Britain, 1748-53

    Nicholas Rogers

    Yale University Press 2012

    Hardback 270pp Illustrated

    9780300169621   Product Code: 21362

    When the War of Austrian Succession ended in 1748, rapid demobilization left thousands of soldiers and sailors unemployed, leading to a rise in crime, drinking and rioting on the streets of London. Rogers delves into the interlocking stories of this Hogarthian world; he investigates the reasons for the resulting moral panic and the surprisingly modern varieties of surveillance and social reform which were implemented to combat the perceived threat to 'good order and Government'.

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