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The English Police

A Political and Social History, 2nd Edition

By Clive Emsley


304 pages

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A comprehensive history of policing from the eighteenth century onwards, which draws on largely unused police archives. Clive Emsley addresses all the major issues of debate; he explores the impact of legislation and policy at both national and local levels, and considers the claim that the English police were non-political and free from political control. In the final section, he looks at the changing experience of police life. Established as a standard introduction to the subject on its first appearance, the Second Edition has been substantially revised and is now published under the Longman imprint for the first time.

Table of Contents


1. Policing before the police

2. The coming of the police

3. A police for Victorian England

4. Policing in Victorian England

5. Professionalisation, politics and public order

6. War, mutiny and peace

7. Policing mid-twentieth century England

8. Local bobby or state lackey?

9. A life in the force

10. The policeman as a worker

Conclusion: Constabulary, Gendarmerie and Haute Police


Bibliographical note


About the Author

Clive Emsley is Professor of History at the Open University and President of the International Association for the HIstory of Crime and Criminal Justice.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement