This module will examine developments in British legal history in the era from 1750 to 1914. Drawing on printed and electronic primary sources, as well as secondary literature, it will give students an overview of the nature of the legal system in 1750, and will show how that system was reformed to create the modern structure of law courts. Students will then focus on a number of topics which illustrate both the nature of legal change, and the interaction of legal change with wider social developments. These include the transformation of criminal law from the system of the 'Bloody Code' to one based on apprehending and imprisoning offenders; the changing nature of family law, with reforms in the law of divorce, child custody and domestic violence; and the role of law in the growth of an industrial and commercial society.
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