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The Prison Experience

Disciplinary Institutions and Their Inmates in Early Modern Europe

The Prison Experience by Pieter Spierenburg
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Though the prison is central to the penal system of most modern nations, many believe that imprisonment did not become a major judicial sanction until the nineteenth century. In this readable history, Spierenburg traces the evolution of the prison during the early modern period and illustrates the important role it has played as both disciplinary institution and penal option from the late sixteenth century onward. Placing particular emphasis on the prisons of the Netherlands, Germany, and France, the author examines not only the long-term nature of prisons but also the daily lives of inmates.This imminently readable history of prisons in early modern Europe supplements our understanding of social change and contemporary realities
Amsterdam University Press; March 2007
363 pages; ISBN 9789048501847
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Title: The Prison Experience
Author: Pieter Spierenburg