Readership: Social historians, especially those interested in the history of crime and policing; military historians; students of modern British history; criminologists; practitioners and policy makers
Clive Emsley, Emeritus Professor, Department of History, The Open University
Clive Emsley was educated at the University of York and at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and has taught and held visiting fellowships in Australia, Canada, France, and New Zealand. He has published widely on the history of crime and policing, including Crime and Society in England 1750-1900 (now in its fourth edition), Crime and Society in Twentieth-Century England and The Great British Bobby: A History of British Policing from the 18th Century to the Present. He was president of the International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice for ten years.
"This is a scholarly, well-documented account, and much of the book is given over to colorful specific accounts that make it utterly fascinating reading, suitable for a large audience." - P. T. Smith, CHOICE
"This is an impressive book, the product of considerable research and informed by the mastery of the relationship between crime and society, the history of policing and the development of criminal law, which has made Emsley a leading authority in his field." - A.W, Purdue, Times Higher Education
"this volume is recommended to any historian interested in the social history of the two world wars. Its engaging style and readability, as well as the final chapters that explore the question of criminal
behavior and military justice in the British armed services after 1945, will appeal to all those interested in twentieth-century British history, to which it makes an original and important contribution." - Jessica Meyer, The American Historical Review
"Until now no one has carried out a systematic study of crime in Britain's mass armed forces. With this exceptionally well-researched and very readable study, Clive Emsley has now filled this gap in the historiography ... it deserves a wide readership." - Gary Sheffield, History Today
"This is a well-written and researched academic text on the law and the British Armed Services which is both readable and accessible to the non-specialist in law or criminology, while still providing a
detailed and insightful discussion, which may very well become a standard text on the subject." - Dr Phylomena H. Badsey, Policing
"inspired by this author's graceful handling of such a compelling historical phenomenon" - Andrew Muldoon, Reviews in History
"Clive Emsley's book offers and overview of the pattern of enforcement of military law since 1914 suggesting, in particular, that civilian criminal experience, with some important qualifications, has been replicated in the armed forces since 1914." - Gerry Rubin, Journal of Law and Society
"Throughout the book, the discussion is detailed and concise with regular use of researched cases serving to support, and complement, the analysis." - Daniel
Packham, The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
1: 'The Object of Military Law is to Maintain Discipline': Different laws for different people
2: 'A court of justice and not a court of law!': Courts and justice in the services
3: 'Law Makes Crime': What difference does war make?
4: 'The biggest thieves in the world': Service personnel and property crime
5: 'I didn't like the officer... and I don't like you': Crimes against the person
6: 'The unwritten law': Servicemen and domestic violence
7: The shell-shock defence
8: Post-war crime waves?
9: Conscripts and Professionals: Beyond the world wars
10: 'I could have done other stuff': The return to professional services