Over the past 20 years it has become clear that Europe experienced a long decline in the frequency of homicide between the 16th and the early 20th century, possibly accompanied by declines on other types of interpersonal violence. However, the details of this trend and the social mechanisms that caused it continue to cause continued controversy. By continuously extending the data-base of historical homicide data to more areas in Europe and by adding information on the structural characteristics of homicide we aim to contribute to progress in our understanding of the link between broader socio-cultural change and levels of homicide.
Investigators: Professor Manuel Eisner | Funding: self-funded| Image: Jan Steen - Card Player's Brawl
- Eisner, Manuel. "Long-term Historical Trends in Violent Crime." Crime and Justice (2003): 83-142.
- Eisner, Manuel. "Killing Kings: Patterns of Regicide in Europe, AD 600–1800." British Journal of Criminology 51, no. 3 (2011): 556-577.
- Eisner, Manuel. "Modernity Strikes Back? A Historical Perspective on the Latest Increase in Interpersonal Violence (1960–1990)." International Journal of Conflict and Violence 2, no. 2 (2008): 288-316.
- Eisner, Manuel. "The Uses of Violence: An Examination of Some Cross-cutting Issues." International Journal of Conflict and Violence 3, no. 1 (2009): 40-59.