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Introduction

WithDavid J. Cox

This volume of the series History of Crime in the UK and Ireland covers 1688–1815, a period often referred to as the ‘long’ eighteenth century. 1 It therefore spans events from the so-called ‘Glorious Revolution’ (which resulted in the enforced removal of James II and the accession of his Dutch son-in-law William III and daughter Mary II) to the triumph of the duke of Wellington’s victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. It concerns itself primarily with England, with occasional passing mention of Wales, which had formally become a part of the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1536 and which was largely governed on the same legal principles as England, although there remained a clear division with regard to language and culture.