About the research
On social media clips of skirmishes between citizens and the police regularly pop up. In a flash, they go viral and elicit a lot of reactions, not least the classic "things used to be better in the old days". But is that correct? Was there less violence on the streets in the past? To explore this, historian Martin Schoups (University of Ghent - FWO) delves into documents from 19th-century Antwerp.