Emsley 2013 Soldier

Title Information

Author: Clive Emsley

Title: Soldier, Sailor, Beggarman, Thief

Subtitle: Crime and the British Armed Services since 1914

Place: Oxford

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Year: 2013

Pages: 234pp.

ISBN-13: 9780199653713 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | English History

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Author: Clive Emsley, Department of History, Open UniversityWikipedia


  List of Figures (p. xi)
  List of Tables (p. xiii)
  List of Abbreviations (p. xv)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  1. 'The Object of Military Law is to Maintain Discipline': Different Laws for Different People (p. 16)
    Parallel History: Civilian Law and Military Law (p. 17)
    The Death Penalty (p. 20)
    The Aims and Realities of Military Law (p. 26)
    Civilian Jurisdiction and Military Jurisdiction: Problems and Resolutions (p. 31)
    The Problem of the 'Criminal' (p. 33)
  2. 'A Court of Justice and Not a Court of Law!': Courts and Justice in the Services (p. 40)
    Parallel Histories: Civilian Courts and Military Courts (p. 41)
    Courts Martial (p. 44)
    'Heads We Win, Tails You Lose' (p. 53)
    Bobbies, Redcaps, and Others (p. 58)
    Punishment (p. 63)
  3. 'Law Makes Crime': What Difference Does War Make? (p. 70)
  4. 'The Biggest Thieves in the World': Service Personnel and Property Crime (p. 84)
    Quarter-blokes and Petty Thieves (p. 85)
    Thinking Bigger: The Black Market (p. 88)
    Frauds and Rackets in a Ruined Europe (p. 92)
    Working in Packs (p. 96)
    White Collar: Khaki Collar (p. 98)
    Miscellaneous Offences (p. 102)
  5. 'I Didn't Like the Officer [...] and I Don't Like You': Crimes Against the Person (p. 105)
    Drinking, Feuding, and Fighting (p. 107)
    The Moral Economy of 20th-century Serviceman (p. 111)
    Lethal Violence (p. 120)
    Sexual Violence (p. 122)
    Gross Indecency (p. 131)
  6. 'The Unwritten Law': Servicemen and Domestic Violence (p. 136)
    'Manslaughter under Great Provocation' (p. 137)
    'I Found Him with My Wife adn Did What I Was Entitled To' (p. 142)
    'The Rising Tide of Bigamy' (p. 145)
  7. The Shell-shock Defence (p. 148)
    'My Mind Was Brought Back to the Years When I Was in France' (p. 148)
    'The Very Man Who Might Go Mad at Any Moment' (p. 152)
    Barbed-wire Disease (p. 156)
  8. Post-war Crime Waves? (p. 160)
    Deserters, Bad Soldiers, Bad Citizens (p. 161)
    Beggars and Fraudsters (p. 166)
    Violent Veterans (p. 168)
    The Veteran As Spiv (p. 171)
  9. Conscripts and Professionals: Beyond the World Wars (p. 174)
    The Best Years of Their Lives? (p. 175)
    War Crimes and Other Crimes (p. 181)
    Changes in the Military Justice System (p. 185)
  10. 'I Could Have Done Other Stuff': The Return to Professional Services (p. 191)
    Drinking, Violence, and Post-traumatic Stress (p. 192)
    Heroes to Zeroes? Heroes to Victims? (p. 195)
  Bibliography (p. 202)
  Index (p. 213)

Description: »The belief that crime declines at the beginning of major wars, as young men are drawn into the armed forces, and increases with the restoration of peace, as brutalised veterans are released on to a labour market reorganising for peace, has a long pedigree in Britain. But it has rarely been examined critically and scarcely at all for the period of the two world wars of the twentieth century. This is the first serious investigation of criminal offending by members of the British armed forces both during and immediately after these wars. Its particular focus is the two world wars but, recognising the concerns and the problems voiced in recent years about veterans of the Falklands, the Gulf wars, and the campaign in Afghanistan, Clive Emsley concludes his narrative in the present.« (Source: Oxford University Press)


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