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Command and Persuade

Command and Persuade

By Peter Baldwin



Levels of violent crime have been in a steady decline for centuries-for millennia, even. Over the past five hundred years, homicide rates have decreased a hundred-fold. We live in a time that is more orderly and peaceful than ever before in human history. Why, then does fear of crime dominate modern politics? Why, when we have been largely socialised into good behaviour, are there more laws that govern our behaviour than ever before? In Command and Persuade, Peter Baldwin examines the evolution of the state's role in crime and punishment over three thousand years.

ISBN: 9780262045629


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