The Monster Evil: Policing and Violence in Victorian Liverpool
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The Monster Evil: Policing and Violence in Victorian Liverpool

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John E. Archer
612 g
236x157x25 mm

List of illustrations, figures and tables Preface Acknowledgements List of abbreviations Street map of Liverpool in the 1880s Part I. Liverpool 1. Liverpool and the taint of criminality 2. Liverpool: 'The most immoral of all immoral places' Part II. Policing the borough 3. 'An army to check barbarism': the policing of Liverpool 4. The community and the police: evidence, lies and violence Part III. Violent crime in Liverpool 5. The fighting Irish 6. The fist, the boot and the knife: male-on-male violence 7. The Liverpool cornermen, gangs and garrotting 8. Female savages and tippling viragoes: violent women 9. Women as victims of domestic and sexual violence 10. 'A constant state of strife': family violence 11. 'Boy brigands' and 'young savages': juvenile criminals and their young victims 12. 'A most unmerciful beating': adult violence to children 13. A conclusion. 'Giving a dog a bad name': Liverpool and its criminal reputation in the nineteenth century Appendix. Saturday night and Sunday morning: Hugh Shimmin's account of the Rosehill night shift Notes Bibliography General index Index of people Index of street names and places
During the nineteenth century, Liverpool had a notorious reputation as a dangerous, violent, crime-ridden city. Yet were these fears justified? Or were they rather the sensational inventions of Victorian-era news? "The Monster Evil" explores Liverpool's history of violent crime and its policing by the then-new constabulary through the use of police records, local and national press, and contemporary accounts of the violence confronting constables on night patrol. The first significant account of nineteenth-century violence in a British city, this book covers the entire spectrum of violent crime, from murder to drunken assault, and sheds light on the role of the police in combating it.