Peter Rushton

Professor of Historical Sociology

Faculty of Education & Society - Social Studies

University of Sunderland

Law and early modern English society, Crime and punishment in England 1500-present, Treason and rebellion in Britain and the early modern Atlantic world

BA (Cantab) Archaeology and Anthropology (Social Anthropology) 1st Class MA (Econ.) and Ph.D., Manchester Peter studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge before moving to Manchester University for an MA and PhD in Sociology. Subsequently he taught in Wales at what is now Glynd¿r University, and at Sunderland, both Polytechnic and University. His research has always been interdisciplinary, within the field of social and sociologically-informed history. Peter has published widely on aspects of the personal and social relations of early modern England, as revealed in legal and administrative records English counties. He has written on witchcraft, problems of marriage and family life, the poor law and the care of the mentally ill and disabled. With Gwenda Morgan he has workemore...

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  1. Rushton, Peter (2018) 'Local Laws, Local Principles: The Paradoxes of Local Legal processes in Early Modern England'. In: Law, Lawyers and Litigants in Early Modern English Society: Essays in memory of Christopher W. Brooks. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 185-206. ISBN 9781108491723 (In Press)
  2. Rushton, Peter and Morgan, Gwenda (2018) ‘Parish, River, Region and Nation: Networks of Power in 18th-century Wearside’, in : Economy and Culture in North-East England, 1500-1800, eds Adrian Green and Barbara Crosbie, (Regions and Regionalism in History series, Boydell and Brewer. ISBN 978 1 78327 183 2 (2018). In: Economy and Culture in North-East England, 1500-1800, eds Adrian Green and Barbara Crosbie, (Regions and Regionalism in History). The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, Suffolk. ISBN 9781783271832
  3. Morgan, Gwenda and Rushton, Peter (2019) The British and French in the Atlantic, 1650-1800: Comparisons and Contrasts. Seminar Studies . Routledge. ISBN 978 1138657588 (In Press)
  4. Rushton, Peter ‘Austerity: a Critical History of the Present’. In: Austerity Policies: Bad Ideas in Practice. eds P. Rushton and C. Donovan. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, pp. 21-43. ISBN 978-3-319-79119-7
  5. Rushton, Peter and Donovan, Catherine (2018) Introduction. In: Austerity Policies: Bad Ideas in Practice. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 1-17. ISBN 9783319791197
  6. Rushton, Peter and Morgan, Gwenda (2018) ‘Parish, River, Region and Nation: Networks of Power in 18th-century Wearside’, in Beyond Coal and Class – Economy and Culture in North-East England, 1500-1800, eds Adrian Green and Barbara Crosbie (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming). In: Beyond Coal and Class – Economy and Culture in North-East England, 1500-1800. The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, Suffolk. ISBN 9781783271832
  7. Rushton, Peter and Morgan, Gwenda (2018) ‘Parish, River, Region and Nation: Networks of Power in 18th-century Wearside’, in Beyond Coal and Class – Economy and Culture in North-East England, 1500-1800, eds Adrian Green and Barbara Crosbie (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming). In: Beyond Coal and Class – Economy and Culture in North-East England, 1500-1800. The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, Suffolk. ISBN 9781783271832
  8. Rushton, Peter (2017) The Myth and Reality of Brexit City: Sunderland and the 2016 Referendum. Working Paper. Centre for Applied Social Studies, University of Sunderland.
  9. Rushton, Peter (2015) Caribbean: “Barbadose'd” - The Transportation of Convicts. Convict Voyages.
  10. Rushton, Peter and Morgan, Gwenda (2015) Arson, Treason and Plot: Britain, America and the Law, 1770-1777. History, 100 (341). pp. 374-391. ISSN 1468-229X