06 January 2016

BOOK: Gerben BRUINSMA (ed.), Histories of Transnational Crime (Heidelberg/New York: Springer, 2015), 185 p. ISBN 978-1-4939-2470-7, € 103,99

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Histories of Transnational Crime provides a broad, historical framework for understanding the developments in research of transnational crime over the centuries. This volume provides examples of transnational crime, and places them in a broad historical context, which has so far been missing from this field of study. The contributions to this comprehensive volume explore the causes and historical precursors of six main types of transnational crime: -piracy -human smuggling -arms trafficking -drug trafficking -art and antique trafficking -corporate crime. The historical contributions demonstrate that transnational crime is not a novel phenomenon of recent globalization and that, beyond organized crime groups, powerful individuals, governments and business corporations have been heavily involved. Through a systematic historical and contextual analysis of these types of transnational crime, the contributions to this volume provide a fundamental understanding of why and how various forms of transnational crime are still present in the contemporary world. In the past two decades, the study of transnational crime has developed from a subset of the study of organized crime to its own recognized field of study, covering distinct societal threats and requiring a particular approach.
Table of contents:
Criminology and Transnational Crime
Bruinsma, Gerben
Pages 1-8

Historical Piracy and its Impact
Elleman, Bruce
Pages 9-40

History of Slavery, Human Smuggling and Trafficking 1860–2010
Schrover, Marlou
Pages 41-70

The Arms Traffic in World History
Grant, Jonathan
Pages 71-90

The Criminalization of Drugs. Drugs Before they Were Criminalized
Trocki, Carl
Pages 91-102

A History of Transnational Trafficking in Stolen and Looted Art and Antiquities
Charney, Noah
Pages 103-146

Corporations and Transnational Crime
Huisman, Wim (et al.)
Pages 147-170

Criminal Organization and Transnational Crime
Kleemans, Edward R.
Pages 171-185
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