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The Village in Court: Arson, Infanticide, and Poaching in the Court Records of Upper Bavaria 1848-1910 Hardcover – April 29, 1994

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 29, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521431867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521431866
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Schulte's discussion of infanticide goes beyond what we know of this act for earlier periods...and therefore mertis attention." Canadian Journal of History

"This innovative book establishes an intersection between structuralist analysis and psychohistory in a most readable way. The examination is well illustrated by actual testimony... It is certainly accessible to readers at all levels..." Choice

"This quick summary of Schulte's book by no means does justice to the manifold ways in which the author shows 'how peasant society worked'....a fine work."

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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By W. Staples on November 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you want to know what is going on in a neighborhood, you read the police blotter.

This good (if pricey) work on village life in Upper Bavaria covers the period between the mid 1800s to the turn of the century. The three main types of major crime are explored in depth; what they were, why they were committed, how they were detected, and how the justice system handled them.

Interestingly enough,in 19th century Bavaria, like most of Europe, poaching was viewed by those in power as a major crime. Here in the U.S., it is viewed as a high misdemeanor; only becoming a felony in extreme cases. Reading the stories of the poachers, I realized I grew up with some of these guys.
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