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Men of Blood: Violence, Manliness, and Criminal Justice in Victorian England Paperback – 23 Mar 2010
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'… an important and, usefully, an accessible and approachable text. It is well written and presented. … It is a book that deserves to be widely read.' British Journal of Criminology
'Weiner's book is a striking instance of how a problematic of masculinity opens up the way to new and illuminating questions in well-trodden terrain.' History Workshop Journal
'Martin Wiener's impressive work, Men of Blood, is to be welcomed not only because it fills a huge gap in the field by demonstrating how changes in ideas about manliness affected decision-making at the highest levels of Victorian justice, but also because of the scope and depth of its scholarship, which sheds considerable light on the relationship between civil servants, judges, juries and the wider public. Most significantly, he argues very convincingly that we need to think of Victorian criminal justice as a contested but shifting terrain, in which concerns about liberal citizenship ultimately created a very different approach to gender and justice than that which had been adopted in the eighteenth century. ... undoubtedly an extreemly important work, which will stimulate considerable debate and attention. It is highly relevant to all scholars and students of gender, crime and the Victorian social order; any review cannot do justice to the richness and complexity of information that is contained within its 300 pages.' Crime, History & Societies
An examination of the treatment of serious violence by men against women in nineteenth-century England. During Victoria's reign the criminal law came to punish such violence more systematically and heavily, while propagating a new, more pacific ideal of manliness. Yet this apparently progressive legal development called forth strong resistance.See all Product description
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25 April 2014
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An incredibly thoroughly researched book about male violence, but that's exactly what you should expect from a Martin Wiener history book. However, this one is immensely readable too - not just for the academic. It's a jolly good read.
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I’m reading this right now and planning to use it in my thesis. Wiener does an excellent job of comparing and contrasting the difference in treatment of violent women vs violent men. The sources used are solid and well, basically this book is exactly what I was hoping it would be. I’d give a more detailed book review, but really if you want to know more about domestic violence during the 19th century and how society treated it this is a great book to start with. Would recommend to students interested in a historical analysis on violence in the home (or outside of it).
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