Glasgow's ‘Reign of Terror’: Street Gangs, Racketeering and Intimidation in the 1920s and 1930s

@article{Davies2007GlasgowsO,
  title={Glasgow's ‘Reign of Terror’: Street Gangs, Racketeering and Intimidation in the 1920s and 1930s},
  author={A. Davies},
  journal={Contemporary British History},
  year={2007},
  volume={21},
  pages={405 - 427}
}
  • A. Davies
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • Contemporary British History
The Glasgow gangs of the 1920s and 1930s were widely viewed as fighting gangs rather than as criminal gangs in any wider sense. Retrospective accounts frequently suggest that the gangs only fought each other, leaving ‘ordinary’ residents of the city's working-class districts safe from the threat of robbery or random assault.This article offers an alternative perspective. It examines widespread reports of extortion by the gangs, whose ‘protection’ rackets targeted traders in both the legal and… Expand

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