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London’s Criminal Underworlds, c. 1720–c. 1930

A Social and Cultural History


About this book


This book offers an original and exciting analysis of the concept of the criminal underworld. Print culture, policing and law enforcement, criminal networks, space and territory are explored here through a series of case studies taken from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


Criminal underworld organised crime prostitution robbery pick-pockets gangs gang crime street crime history of crime Old Bailey racecourse wars gangster long-firm fraud policing informing Case Studies concept crime cultural history culture history history of literature law space

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityUK

About the authors

Heather Shore is a Reader in History at Leeds Beckett University, UK. She is the author of Artful Dodgers: Youth and Crime in Early Nineteenth Century London (1999) and has co-edited two books, with Pamela Cox, Becoming Delinquent: British and European Youth, 1650–1950 (2002) and with Tim Hitchcock, The Streets of London: From the Great Fire to the Great Exhibition (2003).

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