Cesare Beccaria: The Genius of 'On Crimes and Punishments'

John Hostettler

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Synopsis: In 18th-century continental Europe, penal law and what passed for justice were barbaric: gallows were a regular feature of the landscape, branding and mutilation were common, and there existed the ghastly spectacle of people being broken on the wheel. To make matters worse, offenders were often tortured or put to death for quite minor crimes and often without any semblance of a proper trial. Like a bombshell, a book entitled On Crimes and Punishments exploded onto the scene in 1764 with shattering effect. Its author was a young man from a privileged background, named Cesare Beccaria (1738-1794). A central message of that now classic work was that such punishments belonged to 'a war of nations against their citizens' and should be abolished. It was a cri de coeur for thorough reform of the law affecting penal law and punishments, and it swept across the continent of Europe like wildfire, being adopted by one ruler after another. It even crossed the Atlantic to the new United States, into the hands of President Thomas Jefferson. Civilized penal law remains a highly topical issue, and this book examines where it all began, with the influence of Cesare Beccaria.

About the Author: John Hostettler is one of the UK's leading legal biographers. He was a practising solicitor in London for thirty-five years as well as undertaking political and civil liberties cases in Nigeria, Germany and Aden. His earlier books include several biographical and historical works and his books for Waterside Press include: * Sir William Garrow (2010); * A History of Criminal Justice in England and Wales (2009); * Thomas Erskine and Trial by Jury (2010); * The Criminal Jury Old and New; * Fighting for Justice -The History and Origins of Adversary Trial; and * Hanging in the Balance - A History of the Abolition of Capital Punishment in Britain (with Dr Brian P. Block).

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