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Parution : 05/2019
Editeur : Cambridge University Press
ISBN : 978-1-1075-2014-1
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Criminal Law in Liberal and Fascist Italy

Paul Garfinkel

Présentation de l'éditeur

By extending the chronological parameters of existing scholarship, and by focusing on legal experts' overriding and enduring concern with 'dangerous' forms o common crime, this study offers a major reinterpretation of criminal-law reform and legal culture in Italy from the Liberal (1861–1922) to the Fascist era (1922–43). Garfinkel argues that scholars have long overstated the influence of positivist criminology on Italian legal culture and that the kingdom's penal-reform movement was driven not by the radical criminological theories of Cesare Lombroso, but instead by a growing body of statistics and legal researches that related rising rates of crime to the instability of the Italian state. Drawing on a vast array of archival, legal and official sources, the author explains the sustained and wide-ranging interest in penal-law reform that defined this era in Italian legal history while analyzing the philosophical underpinnings of that reform and its relationship to contemporary penal-reform movements abroad.

  • The most comprehensive analysis to date of criminal law reform in modern Italy ranging from 1815–1943

  • Focuses exclusively on common crime and ordinary penal justice in Liberal and Fascist Italy

  • Positions Italian criminal-law reform for the first time within a transnational context



1. Body count
2. Civilized violence
3. Force of habit
4. Tomorrow's criminals
5. Grapes and wrath
6. Coup, casualty and catalyst: the Ferri Code, 1919–25
7. Fascism's legal Risorgimento, 1925–31

Studies in Legal History , 520 pages.  $32.99


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