While the history of the uniformed police has prompted considerable research, the historical study of police detectives has been largely neglected; confined for the most part to a chapter or a brief mention in books dealing with the development of the police in general. The collection redresses this imbalance. Investigating themes central to the history of detection, such as the inchoate distinction between criminals and detectives, the professionalisation of detective work and the establishment of colonial police forces, the book provides a the first detailed examination of detectives as an occupational group, with a distinct occupational culture. Essays discuss the complex relationship between official and private law enforcers and examine the ways in which the FBI in the U.S.A. and the Gestapo in Nazi Germany operated as instruments of state power. The dynamic interaction between the fictional and the real life image of the detective is also explored. Expanding on themes and approaches introduced in recent academic research of police history, the comparative studies included in this collection provide new insights into the development of both plain-clothes policing and law enforcement in general, illuminating the historical importance of bureaucratic and administrative changes that occurred within the state system.
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Contents: Introduction: The police detective and policy history, Clive Emsley and Haia Shpayer-Makov; Early detection: the Bow Street runners in late 18th century London, J.M. Beattie; Tips, traps and tropes: catching thieves in post-revolutionary Paris, Howard G. Brown; From ex-con to expert: the police detective in 19th-century France, Clive Emsley; 'Crime does not pay': thinking again about detectives in the first century of the Metropolitan Police, R.M. Morris; Explaining the rise and success of detective memoirs in Britain, Haia Shpayer-Makov; From sleuths to technicians? Changing images of the detective in Victoria, Dean Wilson and Mark Finnane; Local 'demons' in New Zealand policing c.1900-55, Graeme Dunstall; The image of the Gestapo: as revealed in retrospective surveys and interviews with ordinary Germans, Eric A. Johnson; 'Hard-headed, hard-bitten, hard-hitting and courageous men of innate detective ability…' From criminal investigation to political and security policing at end of Empire, 1945-50, Georgina Sinclair; 'A negative and unwise approach': private detectives, vigilantes and the FBI counterintelligence, 1910-72, John Drabble; Index.