An Essay on the History of Civil Society (1767)
Published in 1767 while Ferguson was Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh, the Essay is his masterpiece, its historical and political content much admired by contemporaries in Scotland, London and Europe. It offered a view of human progress and civic society that encouraged both commercial success and the political engagement of every citizen, and favoured classical republicanism over monarchy. Facsimile reprint. No jacket.
Informal Justice in England and Wales, 1760–1914
The Courts of Popular Opinion
Examining ‘unofficial justice as visited upon malefactors by the collective actions of private citizens’, Stephen Banks gives a scholarly account of public shaming rituals, or ‘rough music’, and the punishments imposed for crimes such as wife-beating or informing.