Torture: Book by Edward Peters

Torture

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ISBN: 9780812215991    Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press Year of publishing: 1996     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 304        
"Torture has ceased to exist," Victor Hugo claimed, with some justification, in 1874. Yet more than a century later, torture is used routinely in one out of every three countries. This book is about torture...Read more
"Torture has ceased to exist," Victor Hugo claimed, with some justification, in 1874. Yet more than a century later, torture is used routinely in one out of every three countries. This book is about torture in Western society from earliest times to the present. A landmark study since its original publication a decade ago, Torture is now available in an expanded and updated paperback edition. Included for the first time is a broad and disturbing selection of documents charting the historical practice of torture from the ancient Romans to the Khmer Rouge.
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About the author: Edward Peters
Edward Peters is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His publications include Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700: A Documentary... Read more
Edward Peters is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His publications include Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700: A Documentary History, all available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
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Review:
In the restrained prose of Torture lies a passionate message about the intentional violation of the bodies of human beings, in our time and in the past."-New York Times "Torture goes beyond the...Read more
In the restrained prose of Torture lies a passionate message about the intentional violation of the bodies of human beings, in our time and in the past."-New York Times "Torture goes beyond the solemn declaration of evil's banality. It offers an explanation of how institutional characteristics-even more strongly than personal ones like sadism or psychosis-produce that evil. It contributes to our understanding-if we dare call it that-of how creatures who begin by crying for their mothers can graduate to bashing in heads."-Philadelphia Inquirer "A masterful analytical history of torture's emergence in Roman law, its insertion into the medieval law of proof, its gradual abolition after 1750, and its dreadful recrudescence in modern times. The book is an exemplary application of historical scholarship to an issue where emotions tend to run ahead of reason."-Times Literary Supplement
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