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The Conquest of Death: Violence and the Birth of the Modern English State

Matthew Lockwood


The Conquest of Death considers the concepts of violence and state power far more broadly and holistically than previous accounts of state growth by intertwining the national and the local, the formal and the informal to illustrate how the management of incidental acts of violence and justice was as important to the monopolization of violence as the creation of the machinery of warfare. It reveals how the creation and operation of everyday bureaucracy built systems of power far exceeding its original intent and allowed a greater centralized surveillance of daily life than ever before. In sum, ... More

Keywords: Coroner, Violence, State-Formation, Crime, Death, Surveillance, Policing, Homicide, Suicide, Accidental Death

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300217063
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300217063.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Lockwood, author
University of Warwick