Law and Order in Oliver Twist's London
What was the image and reality of the forces of law and order in the London of Oliver Twist?
When Oliver Twist began serial publication in 1837, the Metropolitan Police force was just eight years old. It had a chequered beginning. In many parts of London the ‘New Police’ was generally not welcomed and sometimes violently opposed. What was the image and reality of the forces of law and order in the London of Oliver Twist? And how did Charles Dickens represent the justice system of which the New Police were an emerging part?
Professor Jerry White teaches modern London history at Birkbeck. His book, London in the Nineteenth Century. A Human Awful Wonder of God was published to critical acclaim in 2007; it will be followed by London in the Eighteenth Century. A Great and Monstrous Thing in March 2012 (Bodley Head).
This event is free but booking is required.
Please call 020 7364 1290 to reserve your place. This talk is one of a series of free events organised by Birkbeck, University of London as part of the Cityread London festival. Find out more about Cityread at http://www.cityreadlondon.org.uk