HSTR 442

Criminality and Violence in Europe, 1400-1800

Units: 1.5

Hours: 3-0

Formerly: HIST 386

European justice shifted from punishing many criminals with torture and execution in 1400 to locking most of them in prison by 1800. Examines why rates of violent crime declined, why witches and heretics were prosecuted so aggressively, and whether or not reforming the criminal was an important goal of the criminal justice system during this period.


  • Credit will be granted for only one of HSTR 442, HIST 386.

Undergraduate course in History offered by the Department of History in the Faculty of Humanities.

Summer Fall Spring

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