The ideals of the Enlightenment transformed execution from a "barbarous" public spectacle into a far more impersonal, "civilized" process. Yet moves towards the complete abolition of the death penalty ground to a halt in 1870, with the creation of Bismarck's Empire. The Weimar Republic virtually abolished capital punishment - and then gave way to the Nazi bloodbath. It was not until 1949 that executions were outlawed in West Germany; in the Communist East they continued into the 1980s. A history of capital punishment in Germany since the 17th century, this text is an exploration of German society as shown in attitudes to and use of the death penalty. A far more central issue here than in most states, it examines the development of capital punishment in Germany from early modern times to the Third Reich and its two successor states.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd 27/03/1997, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Appears unused. Mild shelfwear to cover, slight foxing/tanning to pages otherwise in very good condition. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 140651-1
Book Description Penguin Books, 1999. Penguin History , Rituals of Retribution by Richard J Evans .In Germany , far more than in most states, capital punishment has been a central issue in the conflict between left and right, a barometer of the wider political climate. Richard Evans examines developments from early modern times to the Third Reich and its two successors states. Important and richly documented , this large book is a must for one who wants undestand German politics through the times.A Heavy Penguin mass market paper back in very good condition, no dust jacket, 1014 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 002799