The Monster Evil
Policing and Violence in Victorian Liverpool
John E. Archer
Dr John E. Archer is an Honorary Research Fellow, Edge Hill University and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
List of illustrations, figures and tables Preface Acknowledgements List of abbreviations Street map of Liverpool in the 1880s Part I. Liverpool 1. Liverpool and the taint of criminality 2. Liverpool: 'The most immoral of all immoral places' Part II. Policing the borough 3. ‘An army to check barbarism’: the policing of Liverpool 4. The community and the police: evidence, lies and violence Part III. Violent crime in Liverpool 5. The fighting Irish 6. The fist, the boot and the knife: male-on-male violence 7. The Liverpool cornermen, gangs and garrotting 8. Female savages and tippling viragoes: violent women 9. Women as victims of domestic and sexual violence 10. ‘A constant state of strife’: family violence 11. ‘Boy brigands’ and ‘young savages’: juvenile criminals and their young victims 12. ‘A most unmerciful beating’: adult violence to children 13. A conclusion. ‘Giving a dog a bad name’: Liverpool and its criminal reputation in the nineteenth century Appendix. Saturday night and Sunday morning: Hugh Shimmin's account of the Rosehill night shift Notes Bibliography General index Index of people Index of street names and places
The Monster Evil is the fruit of extensive research, and the first genuinely comprehensive treatment of violent crime in this period. Archer produces much more than a ‘case study’ of violence in Victorian England ; The Monster Evil is a powerful account, the likes of which local historians of crime would do well to imitate.
Crime, Histoire & Sociétés / Crime, History & Societies, Vol. 16, no 1
... the book is well written and perceptive. The accounts are often grim, but nonetheless fascinating, and the book should appeal to a wide audience.
Journal of British Studies, Vol. 51, No. 2
John Archer's study "The Monster Evil" is not so much a police history in a narrow sense but rather a history of violence. Archer reconstructs Liverpool's reputation as the criminal capital of Britain during the nineteenth century.
Victorian Liverpool had an unenviable reputation for violence. This book sets out to assess both the scale and variety of Liverpool’s violence, and the means by which it was policed. It has been exhaustively researched and is persuasively argued. It adds significantly to the wider knowledge of, and to the debates about the history of criminal violence and of policing. Finally, it might also be read usefully by contemporary politicians and media pundits.
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: March 23, 2011