Questions about Long-term Violence Trends

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Eisner, “Long Term Historical Trends in Violent Crime,” Crime & Justice (2003)

Questions about the long history of violence:
1. What sources have scholars used to count long-term crime trends? What epistemological challenges do these sources present?
2. What have long term trends in crime been? What major patterns can we discern?
3. How do scholars (historians and other social scientists) think about the meaning of these trends?
4. What theories exist to explain the long-term drop in crime?

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