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Capital punishment is an ancient common — it's been practiced sooner or later within the historical past of just about all identified societies and locations. that isn't to assert, although, that it's an old consistent — the use, shape, functionality and that means of execution has various drastically throughout varied ancient contexts. this can be likewise real for a huge — even supposing rather ignored — point of capital punishment: the destiny of the felony physique after execution. This bankruptcy is an creation to the amount.

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An essential element of this ‘politics of imperial separation and superiority’ was thus a discourse of Chinese legal despotism, a notion of a cruel ‘other’ created and nurtured by the British and its fellow civilising imperial powers. It is to the origins of this Western discourse of Chinese legal despotism – which can be found in the infamous execution (by strangulation) of two Western sailors at the hands of the Chinese in the later eighteenth and nineteenth centuries – that Song-Chuan Chen turns in Chapter 7.

72. 31. Spierenburg, The Spectacle of Suffering, p. 58. 32. Van Dülmen, Theatre of Horror, p. 101. 33. Evans, Rituals of Retribution, pp. 86–7. 34. Van Dülmen, Theatre of Horror, p. 106. 35. For Britain, see R. A. Houston, Punishing the Dead? Suicide, Lordship, and Community in Britain, 1500–1830 (Oxford, 2010), Ch. 4; Robert Halliday, ‘The Roadside Burial of Suicides: An East Anglian Study’, Folk-Lore 121 (2010), 81–93; Donna T. Andrew, Aristocratic Vice: The Attack on Duelling, Suicide, Adultery and Gambling in Eighteenth-Century England (Yale, 2013), pp.

58. , p. 56. 59. For more on the locations of exposure, see Joris Coolen, ‘Places of Justice and Awe: The Topography of Gibbets and Gallows in Medieval and Early Modern North-Western and Central Europe’, World Archaeology 45 (2013), 762–79; L. Meurkens, ‘The Late Medieval/Early Modern Reuse of Prehistoric Barrows as Execution Sites in the Southern Part of the Netherlands’, Journal of Archaeology in the Low Countries 2 (2010), 5–29; Sarah Tarlow and Zoe Dyndor, ‘The Landscape of the Gibbet’, Landscape History (forthcoming); Nicola Whyte, ‘The Deviant Dead in the Norfolk Landscape’, Landscapes 4 (2003), 24–39.

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