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History, Violence, and Steven Pinker

Mark S. Micale and Philip Dwyer

several thousand years, and particularly since the eighteenth century, homicides, criminal assaults, war casualties, domestic violence, child abuse, animal abuse, capital punishment, lynching, and rape have all been steadily diminishing in frequency. This

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Heidi Hakkarainen

after the revolution can also be seen in another issue that was covered in the press. In 1848–49, humanism was discussed on several occasions in debates on corporal punishment and death penalty ignited after the Frankfurt Parliament abolished it in

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Cross-Generational Abuse

Priests, Parishioners, and the Catholic Church in New Spain

Zeb Tortorici

across the centuries in shielding priests from public scandal, exposure, secular justice, and/or harsh inquisitorial punishment for their transgressions. The plurality of these uses of generationality allows me to move beyond the usual associations of

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Solicitor Brown and His Boy

Love, Sex, and Scandal in Twentieth-Century Ireland

Averill Earls

twenty-one. Consistently juries recommended “mercy on account of youth” for juvenile-adult sex offenders, and, conversely, judges regularly meted out the harshest possible punishment for adult offenders who involved themselves with those who were under

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Peter Levine

prescribe punishment.” But little actual insight comes from likening a moral or social problem to a disease, or vice versa. “Traditional disease metaphors are principally a way of being vehement” ( Sontag 1977: 72, 83 ). Sontag's thesis is simple: “illness

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Voices that Matter?

Methods for Historians Attending to the Voices of the Past

Josephine Hoegaerts

attached, quality of vocal sound has been central to images of the voice for centuries. Its propensity to hide and quietly disappear was embodied, in Ancient Greece, by the loquacious nymph Echo, whose punishment for her talkativeness was to wither away and