In 18th-century London the spectacle of a hanging was not simply a form of punishing transgressors. Rather is evidently served the more sinister purpose – for privileged ruling class – of forcing the poor population of London to accept the criminalization of customary rights & new forms of private property.

Peter Linebaugh’s groundbreaking history has become an inescapable part of any understanding of the rise of capitalism. In eighteenth-century London … More