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Mayhem: Post-War Crime and Violence in Britain, 1748-53

Nicholas Rogers


After the end of the War of Austrian Succession in 1748, thousands of unemployed, including soldiers and seamen, found themselves on the streets of London ready to roister and steal. This book explores the moral panic associated with the rapid demobilization aftermath the War of Austrian Succession. Through interlocking stories of duels, highway robberies, smuggling, riots, binge drinking, and even two earthquakes, it captures the anxieties of a half-decade, and assesses the social reforms contemporaries framed and imagined to deal with the crisis. Later, the book also argues that in addressin ... More

Keywords: Austrian Succession, soldiers, seamen, moral panic, demobilization, smuggling, highway robberies, regularization of marriage, police force

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300169621
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300169621.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Rogers, author