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History of Murder - Scottish Conservatives

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 22 April 2009

Laurie Taylor explores the latest research into how society works.

Laurie discusses the history of murder, from duelling to drive-by killings, with Pieter Spierenburg, author of A History of Murder: Personal Violence in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present and Joanna Bourke, author of An Intimate History of Killing. Why was the murder rate higher in the Middle Ages than it is now? What factors have pushed the practice of killing men down the social order and should we worry about the first increase in the murder rate for over 200 years?

Laurie also hears of the surprise of Antje Bednarek, a German sociologist pursuing an ethnography of Young Scottish Conservatives. She had not realised that tracking them down would be such a tricky business.

  • Antje Bednarek

    PhD student Sociology, School of Social Science, University of Aberdeen

    University of Aberdeen
  • Professor Pieter Spierenburg

    Associate Professor of History in the Faculty of History and Arts at The Erasmus Center for Early Modern Studies at Rotterdam University and co-founder of the International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice.

    A History of Murder: Personal Violence in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present
    Publisher: Polity Press
    ISBN-10: 0745643787
    ISBN-13: 978-0745643786

    Find out more about Pieter Spierenburg
  • Professor Joanna Bourke

    Professor of History in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College

    An Intimate History of Killing: Face-to-face Killing in Twentieth-century Warfare
    Publisher: Granta Books
    ISBN-10: 186207321X
    ISBN-13: 978-1862073210

    Find out more about Joanna Bourke

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