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The Complexity of History

Russia and Steven Pinker’s Thesis

Nancy Shields Kollmann

political and religious crime. Petty crimes that in some contemporary European countries were punished up to capital punishment were in Russia left to communities to deal with. Similarly, the reach of the central government was intentionally limited: it

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Whitewashing History

Pinker’s (Mis)Representation of the Enlightenment and Violence

Philip Dwyer

Origin: Archaeology, Cultural History, and the French Revolution,” in Foucault and the Writing of History , ed. Jan Goldstein (Oxford: Blackwell, 1994), 167–186, here 175–177. 15 See Richard J. Evans, Rituals of Retribution: Capital Punishment in

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Getting Medieval on Steven Pinker

Violence and Medieval England

Sara M. Butler

alternative to capital punishment. Yet, finding instances outside of literature in which these penalties were actually carried out has not been as easy as one might think. More typically, the violence enacted by the state targeted one’s purse. 44 For readers

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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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Chaos in Siberia

New Scholarship on Exile in the Late Russian Empire

Jeffrey S. Hardy

, replacing both corporal and, to some extent, capital punishment. This change occurred because of a combination of changing social attitudes toward bodily harm; middle-class pressure in democratizing polities to remove criminals from society until they could

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Drawing Stereotypes

Europe and East Asia in Russian Political Caricature, 1900–1905

Zachary Hoffman

violence against the Boxers with black humor. M. Mukhin's “At a reception in Berlin” ( figure 6 ) in Iskry mocks Marshal Waldersee's widespread use of capital punishment against Boxers and their sympathizers. 35 In the image, a Chinese man apologizes for

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Matthew Trundle

relationships and indeed mediated social encounters. 43 Men beat women, masters beat slaves, and corporal and capital punishments, some brutal like the tumpanismos (crucifixion), were commonplace. Women were regularly victims of sexual violence even in the

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Humanity’s Subtensions

Culture Theory in US Death Penalty Mitigation

Jesse Cheng

-authored by attorney Anthony Amsterdam and cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner (2000) about storytelling in legal practice. Amsterdam was the lead attorney in the most successful challenge to capital punishment in US Supreme Court history. 11 In the book

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Relational Ethics and Partiality

A Critique of Thad Metz’s ‘Towards an African Moral Theory’

Motsamai Molefe

and Western Moral Theories in Bioethical Context ’, Developing World Bioethics 10 : 49 – 58 . Metz , T. 2010 . ‘ Human Dignity, Capital Punishment and an African Moral Theory: Toward a New Philosophy of Human Rights ’, Journal of Human Rights

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Investigating the Investigators

French Colonial Attempts to Supervise Its Policing System during the 1930s*

Ruth Ginio

, Policing in Colonial Empire s, 11. 8 Thaïs Gendry, “Le droit de tuer: la peine de mort au service de l'ordre coloniale en Afrique occidentale française, 1900–1950” [The right to kill : Capital punishment at the service of colonial order in French West