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By William J. Rust

In the last decade previous the 1st U.S. strive against operations in Vietnam, the Eisenhower management sought to defeat a communist-led insurgency in neighboring Laos. even supposing U.S. overseas coverage within the Fifties centred totally on threats posed through the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China, the yankee engagement in Laos developed from a small chilly battle skirmish right into a superpower disagreement close to the tip of President Eisenhower's moment time period. finally, the yank adventure in Laos foreshadowed a number of the blunders made by means of the U.S. in Vietnam within the 1960s.

In prior to the Quagmire: American Intervention in Laos, 1954--1961, William J. Rust delves into key coverage judgements made in Washington and their implementation in Laos, which grew to become first steps at the route to the broader warfare in Southeast Asia. Drawing on formerly untapped archival assets, sooner than the Quagmire files how useless and infrequently self-defeating information to Laotian anticommunist elites mirrored primary misunderstandings concerning the country's politics, historical past, and tradition. the yank aim of stopping a communist takeover in Laos used to be extra hindered by means of divisions between Western allies and U.S. officers themselves, who at one element supplied reduction to either the Royal Lao govt and to a Laotian common who plotted to overthrow it. earlier than the Quagmire is a bright research of a serious interval of chilly struggle heritage, filling a spot in our realizing of U.S. coverage towards Southeast Asia and America's access into the Vietnam War.

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Their respective success led to the flourishing of provincial or ‘country’ banks throughout Britain. The number of country banks in England and Wales increased by over 224 per cent in the period 1793-1830, and this, together with the introduction of paper currency from 1797 in a somewhat futile effort to alleviate a shortage of coinage, led to a huge increase in forgery cases. Forgery in the form of counterfeiting increased dramatically in the years following the suspension of payment in gold by the Bank of England in 1797; the Bank simply did not possess enough gold to honour its pledge to redeem its paper notes.

The Eyre Roll records that whilst the remaining suspects were found not guilty (but were however put under pledges – similar to being bound over to be of good behaviour), Alice was found guilty of both murder and attempting to pervert the course of justice. As a convicted murderer, she would normally have faced the death penalty but her sentence was instead reduced to that of sed per dipensacionem eruantur ei oculi – having her eyes gouged out. The sentence may have been ‘mitigated’ in response to her gender; female murderers were (and remain) much rarer than their male counterparts.

Unfortunately no national crime statistics were kept before 1805, so it is impossible to accurately compare crime figures from the past with those that are reported today. However, human nature has changed little over time, and, as the following pages will show, crime of all kinds was far from absent in Shrewsbury and around Shropshire in the preceding centuries. Each generation seems inclined to hark back to a mythical ‘golden age’, and this is certainly the case when discussing crime. Consider the following two statements: Highway robbery and burglary were common.

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