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Homicide and Organised Murder in a Global Perspective

Toward a Global History of Homicide and Organized Murder

Pieter Spierenburg
p. 99-116

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This essay is a condensed version of my plenary lecture at the meeting of Finnish historians, Helsinki, October 2012 and my presentation at the project’s (see note 2) fourth meeting in York, 30 November 2012. Written in early 2014, it is updated with publications that appeared in 2012 and 2013. I am grateful to Philip Dwyer and Peter Romijn for their comments on the draft.

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The three contributions about China in this issue result from a workshop held in May 2012. This meeting formed part of a much larger enterprise that ultimately dates back to a research plan conceived by Eric Johnson and myself in 2006. Our original idea was to combine our respective interests – Nazi terror including the Holocaust and the general history of murder – and to extend the combination with a global perspective without chronological bounds. From the outset we realized that this involved a collective enterprise that needed generous funding. The latter has proven to be rather difficult. We did acquire funds to organize a meeting, in 2007, bringing together a set of experts on violence throughout the history of Latin America. With the additional support of Xavier Rousseaux, Marianna Muravyeva and James Sharpe, we could hold a series of somewhat smaller-sized meetings from late 2010 to the end of 2012. Major publications, before this issue of CHS, are a dossier of articles focu...

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Pieter Spierenburg, « Toward a Global History of Homicide and Organized Murder », Crime, Histoire & Sociétés / Crime, History & Societies, Vol. 18, n°2 | 2014, 99-116.

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Pieter Spierenburg, « Toward a Global History of Homicide and Organized Murder », Crime, Histoire & Sociétés / Crime, History & Societies [En ligne], Vol. 18, n°2 | 2014, mis en ligne le 01 octobre 2017, consulté le 20 septembre 2017. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/chs.1492

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Pieter Spierenburg

Emeritus Professor of Erasmus University (hosted by Department of Criminology). Program Leader at Institute for War and Genocide Studies (NIOD), Amsterdam. Selected publications : The Spectacle of Suffering : Executions and the Evolution of Repression : From a Preindustrial Metropolis to the European Experience, Cambridge (Cambridge UP) 1984 (reprinted as paperback 2008) ; The Prison Experience : Disciplinary Institutions and their Inmates in Early Modern Europe, New Brunswick, London (Rutgers UP) 1991 (reprinted by Amsterdam University Press 2007) ; Written in Blood : Fatal Attraction in Enlightenment Amsterdam, Columbus (Ohio State University Press) 2004 ; A History of Murder : Personal Violence in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present, Cambridge (Polity) 2008 ; Violence and Punishment : Civilizing the Body through Time, Cambridge (Polity) 2012.

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