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Response to Review of Soldier, Sailor, Beggarman, Thief: Crime and the British Armed Services since 1914

I would like to thank Andrew Muldoon for his generous and thoughtful review of my book.  I have very little comment to make. I suspect that I have always been inclined to over-emphasise the individual story at the expense of the statistical, though I would contend that I have made a reasonable deployment of suchContinue reading “Response to Review of Soldier, Sailor, Beggarman, Thief: Crime and the British Armed Services since 1914”

Response to Review no. 897

We would like to thank Dr Gray for his very generous review. In this brief response, we address the thoughtful comments Dr Gray makes at the end of his piece, and suggest that the forthcoming launch of the London Lives, 1690–1800 website in May 2010 will address some of his concerns. Before we do so,Continue reading “Response to Review no. 897”

Honour and Violence

On 25 July 2001 Phoolan Devi was shot dead outside her home. Best known in the west through Shekhar Kapur’s 1994 film Bandit Queen, Phoolan Devi’s life had been remarkable. Born of low-caste, at the age of 11 she had been exchanged in marriage for a cow. Following beatings by her much older husband, sheContinue reading “Honour and Violence”