International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Criminal Law Reform in the Eighteenth Century Europe. A Comparative Study: England, France, Spain.
Isabel Ramos Vázquez

Abstract
The Old Regime penology is symbolized by “the spectacle of suffering”, but all over Europe there are increasing evidences that the chronology of the decline of corporal punishment and the growing of “secondary punishments” is very different from that suggested by traditional literature. In working toward a broader understanding of the factors shaping the development of moderation of punishment and the criminal reform as a whole, this article tries to make a comparative study of the doctrines, principles and practices that guided the prosecution of criminal offenses in the eighteenth century England, France and Spain, just before Revolution.

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