Prison in the 19th and 20th centuries

My study of prison in the early modern period spread to related research across the epochal boundaries, such as investigating how different centuries treat socio-historical issues, in this case using prisoners’ letters. The starting point for this project was a note dating from 1843 of a prisoner on remand in Berlin: the impostor and swindler Sophie Menges.
The Incarcerated Impostor: Prison, Social Space and Agents in 19th Century Prussia; lecture given on 6 October 2013 at the 37th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association: October 3–6, 2013 in Denver, Colorado, USA (conference program).


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