Urbanization and Crime: Germany 1871-1914

Urbanization and Crime: Germany 1871-1914

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Eric A. Johnson
Cambridge University Press, 10/5/1995
EAN 9780521470179, ISBN10: 052147017X

Hardcover, 260 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

This 1995 book contributes to both modern German history and to the sociological understanding of crime in modern industrial and urban societies. Its central argument is that cities, in themselves, do not cause crime. It focuses on the problems of crime and criminal justice during Germany's period of most rapid urban and industrial growth - a period when Germany also rose to world power status. From 1871 to 1914, German cities, despite massive growth, socialist agitation and non-ethnic German immigration, were not particularly infested with crime. Yet the conservative political and religious elites constantly railed against the immoral nature of the city and the German governmental authorities, police, and court officials often overreacted against city populations. In so doing, they helped to set Germany on a dangerous authoritarian course.

1. The criminal justice system
safe streets in a well-organized police state
2. Popular opinion
crime as a 'foreign' concept
3. Long-term trends
the modernization of crime and the modernization of German society
4. Urban-rural difference, ethnicity and hardship
cities are not to blame
5. Criminals and victims
the crucial importance of gender
6. Conclusion
crime rates, crime theories and German society.