by David Holding
This is a traditional historical work based on documentary survey and analysis of court and police records of Bolton covering the period from 1850 to 1880.It assesses changes over time to relate these changes to their economic, social and political contexts. It also considers qualitative sources; official reports and town records, together with the selective use of local newspaper reports.It concludes by inviting the reader to consider four key questions: In what way was crime a reflection of the social and economic life of Bolton during the period? What were the institutions acting as stimulants to crime? What patterns emerge from the statistical data and how reliable are they? Finally, how did the police, courts and reformative bodies react to crime, and how effective were they? The reader is left to reflect on whether crime has really changed much over time.
The Dark Figure: Crime in Victorian Bolton
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