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Acid attacks in Britain, 1760-1975. Chapter 2, facts and figures


This chapter provides a general overview of the crime of acid throwing, using statistical evidence from the findings of the 515 cases on which the book is based. It identifies the main urban centres where cases occurred, the sex of victims and perpetrators, and which corrosive fluids were thrown. Although many different substances were used, the most common were the three strong acids (sulphuric, nitric, hydrochloric), with vitriol dominating the statistics until the 1940s. The effects of corrosive fluids on the person are described using qualitative evidence from case studies.

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Watson, Katherine D.

Oxford Brookes departments

Department of History, Philosophy and Culture


Year of publication: 2023
Date of RADAR deposit: 2023-04-04

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This RADAR resource is the Accepted Manuscript of Acid Attacks in Britain, 1760–1975. Chapter 2, Facts and Figures
This RADAR resource is Part of Acid attacks in Britain, 1760–1975 [ISBN: 9783031272714] / by Katherine D. Watson (Palgrave Pivot, 2023).


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