By Benjamin Carter Hett

From Alexanderplatz, the bustling Berlin sq. ringed by means of bleak slums, to Moabit, web site of the city's so much feared felony, Death within the Tiergarten illuminates the tradition of legal justice in past due imperial Germany. In shiny prose, Benjamin Hett examines day-by-day circulation during the Berlin felony courts and the legal professionals, judges, jurors, thieves, pimps, and murderers who inhabited this global.

Drawing on formerly untapped resources, together with court docket files, pamphlet literature, and pulp novels, Hett examines how the legislations mirrored the wider city tradition and politics of a swiftly altering urban. during this ebook, German legal legislation appears to be like very various from traditional narratives of a inflexible, static procedure with authoritarian continuities traceable from Bismarck to Hitler. From the homicide trial of Anna and Hermann Heinze in 1891 to the awesome remedy of the infamous Captain of Koepenick in 1906, Hett illuminates a change within the felony justice approach that unleashed a tradition struggle fought over problems with permissiveness as opposed to self-discipline, the bounds of public dialogue of crime and sexuality, and the position of gender within the courts.

expert in either the legislation and historical past, Hett deals a uniquely beneficial viewpoint at the dynamic intersections of legislation and society, and offers a powerful new view of early twentieth-century German historical past.

Table of Contents:



1. In Moabit
2. The Berlin of Surrogates
three. Honorable Men
four. Justice Is Blind
five. "Were humans extra Pitiless Fifteen Years Ago?"

Appendix: Regimes and Rulers
Archival and first Sources

Death within the Tiergarten is a magnificent publication. Written in a gentle and wonderful sort, with attractiveness and wit, it's a wealthy resource of thought-provoking insights. Hett deals his personal special spin on a few of the universal subject matters of Berlin literature--crime, intercourse, sensation, mass media, and the dramatic personality of lifestyles within the smooth city. This surprisingly profitable and powerful paintings of scholarship has the aptitude to arrive a wide audience.
--Jonathan Sperber, college of Missouri at Columbia

An tremendous wealthy and well-argued research of the tradition of the felony court docket in Wilhelmine Germany. utilizing tales approximately love, lust, betrayal, and honor--crime tales and town stories--Benjamin Hett pries open Berlin's public lifestyles in impressive, unforeseen ways.
--Peter Fritzsche, writer of Reading Berlin 1900

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