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An English Republican’s View of Crime and its Causes

19 May 2018

By Stephen Basdeo George William MacArthur Reynolds (1814-79) was one of the Victorian era’ most prolific novelists. Inspired by Eugene Sue’s Mysteries of Paris (1843),...

The Mysteries of New York

16 May 2018

  By Stephen Basdeo During the nineteenth century, a series of ‘Urban Mysteries’ novels were published. The most famous of these are Eugene Sue’s The Mysteries...

Mexican Cartels

11 May 2018

By Carlos Rodriguez One of the first drug cartels in Mexico, the Guadalajara Cartel, was established by the notorious Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, also known as ‘the Godfather’....

The Underclass of 19th-Century New York City: The Work of Jacob A. Riis (1849-1914)

2 May 2018

Stephen Basdeo examines the work of nineteenth-century American social reformer, Jacob A. Riis (1849-1914). Amongst British nineteenth-century scholars, Henry Mayhew is perhaps the...