Policing the Home Front 1914-1918 : The control of the British population at war book cover
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Policing the Home Front 1914-1918
The control of the British population at war

ISBN 9780367664411
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
278 Pages

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Book Description

The civilian police during the First World War in Great Britain were central to the control of the population at home. This book will show the detail and challenges of police work during the First World War and how this impacted on ordinary people’s daily lives. The aim is to tell the story of the police as they saw themselves through the pages of their best-known journal, The Police Review and Parade Gossip, in addition to a wide range of other published, archival and private sources.


Table of Contents


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Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The police before the Great War

Chapter 3: Controversies over the War Separation Allowance

Chapter 4: Policing alcohol

Chapter 5: The rise of women?

Chapter 6: Living costs

Chapter 7: Pensions and philanthropy

Chapter 8: Conscription and the police

Chapter 9: Policing sexual morality

Chapter 10: The Police as ploughmen and farm workers

Chapter 11: Flashpoints and tensions

Chapter 12: Youth crime

Chapter 13: The police and food control

Chapter 14: The corrupting effects of the cinema

Chapter 15: Conclusions to Policing the Home Front 1914-1918

Appendix 1: The work of Michal Foucault (1926-1984)


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Mary Fraser was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government, University of Strathclyde, and has held public appointments in healthcare in both England and Scotland. She is the sole author of Using Conceptual Nursing in Practice: A Research-Based Approach published in 1990, which was reprinted in 1993; a second edition was published in 1996. She is also the author of over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles. She is currently an Associate of The Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research (SCCJR).


"A very readable and informative piece of research on a neglected area of police history."

- Police History Society Newsletter 98