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  • Published: 20 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9780262045629
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 456
  • RRP: $49.99
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Command and Persuade

Crime, Law, and the State across History



Why, when we have been largely socialized into good behavior, are there more laws that govern our behavior than ever before?

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 socialized into good behavior, are there more laws that govern our behavior 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.

  • Published: 20 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9780262045629
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 456
  • RRP: $49.99
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