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Obituary for J.M. (John Maurice) Beattie (1932-2017)

Simon Devereaux
p. 131-133

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J.M. Beattie, the pioneering and preeminent historian of criminal justice in eighteenth-century England, died of cancer in Toronto on 12 July 2017 at the age of eighty-five.

John was born and raised in Newcastle. Following in the path of his elder sister, who had married an American soldier, John and his parents emigrated to the Bay Area after the war. He attended the University of San Francisco on an athletic scholarship (his induction into USF’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1988 was one of many satisfying late-career honours). Initially a student of chemistry, John switched to history in his third year, a change that came naturally as the new subject seemed so “scientific” to him. That must have seemed a radical sentiment in the early 1950s! An MA in History at UC Berkeley followed, under the supervision of G.H. Guttridge, one of the era’s leading historians of British politics in the age of the American Revolution. John began studying for a PhD at Berkeley as well, but on Guttridge’s ad...

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Simon Devereaux, « Obituary for J.M. (John Maurice) Beattie (1932-2017) », Crime, Histoire & Sociétés / Crime, History & Societies, Vol. 22, n°1 | 2018, 131-133.

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Simon Devereaux, « Obituary for J.M. (John Maurice) Beattie (1932-2017) », Crime, Histoire & Sociétés / Crime, History & Societies [En ligne], Vol. 22, n°1 | 2018, mis en ligne le 31 décembre 2020, consulté le 22 octobre 2019. URL :

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Simon Devereaux

University of Victoria, Canada

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