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Simon Avery and Andrew Maunder

In October 1860, the New York-based magazine, Harper’s New Monthly, offered its readers this scathing commentary on the apparently morbid tendency among their British cousins to delve into the private lives of famous men and women. The magazine’s onslaught was both topical and contentious. The pleasures and punishments of fame experienced by such victimised ‘lions’ as Charles Dickens and Edward Bulwer Lytton, together with the public’s apparent right to ‘know’ everything, struck the writer as not only ‘vulgar’ but as clear evidence (if any were needed) of a degenerate culture. The situation was bad in America but much worse in Britain for there, as Harper’s noted, ‘John Bull is very fond of . . . talking about the private history of public men – prying into their bathing-tubs and counting the moles upon their necks.’ In the name of both art and decency, Harper’s made the following plea: ‘For the honour of the guild – for the fair name of literature – let us have done with peeping through keyholes and listening at cracks.’

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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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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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American Extraterritorial Legislation

The Data Gathering behind the Sanctions

Ali Laïdi

imposes punishments as severe as those imposed by the United States against Havana, Tehran and even Moscow. 7 Moreover, some international jurists feel that the term ‘sanction’ seems unsuited to the actual context, since a sanction must come from a

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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