Histories of Transnational Crime

  • Gerben Bruinsma

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Gerben Bruinsma
    Pages 1-8
  3. Bruce Elleman
    Pages 9-40
  4. Jonathan Grant
    Pages 71-90
  5. Wim Huisman, Annika van Baar, Madelijne Gorsira
    Pages 147-170
  6. Edward R. Kleemans
    Pages 171-185
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 187-188

About this book


In the past two decades, the study of transnational crime has developed from a subset of the study of organized crime to its own recognized field of study, covering distinct societal threats and requiring a particular approach. This volume provides examples of transnational crime, and places them in a broad historical context, which has so far been missing from this field of study. The contributions to this comprehensive volume explore the causes and historical precursors of six main types of transnational crime:

  • piracy
  • human smuggling
  • arms trafficking
  • drug trafficking
  • art and antique trafficking
  • corporate crime

The historical contributions demonstrate that transnational crime is not a novel phenomenon of recent globalization and that, beyond organized crime groups, powerful individuals, governments and business corporations have been heavily involved. Through a systematic historical and contextual analysis of these types of transnational crime, the contributions to this volume provide a fundamental understanding of why and how various forms of transnational crime are still present in the contemporary world.


Antiquities Arts Trafficking Crime History Cyber Crime Financial Crime Human Trafficking Illegal Arms Opium Organized Crime Slave Trade Slavery Smuggling Transnational Crime

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerben Bruinsma
    • 1
  1. 1.Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR)AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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