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Soldier, Sailor, Beggarman, Thief: Crime and the British Armed Services since 1914

Emsley, Clive (2013). Soldier, Sailor, Beggarman, Thief: Crime and the British Armed Services since 1914. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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This is the first attempt to assess the scale of offending by British service personnel during the twentieth century. The main focus of the book is on the two world wars but, given the concerns about the numbers of ex-service personnel in prison at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the book concludes with a brief discussion of the Gulf wars and Afghanistan. The main concerns are not war crimes, but the range of offending from murder to petty theft, from rape to fraud. The book strikes a balance between military history and criminal justice history and is based on primary source material ranging from official documentation to newspapers and personal recollections.

Item Type: Book
Copyright Holders: 2013 Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0-19-965371-2, 978-0-19-965371-3
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetLeverhulme Trust
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 34546
Depositing User: Clive Emsley
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2012 09:40
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:20
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