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2nd Edition

The English Police
A Political and Social History

ISBN 9780582257689
Published September 20, 1996 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

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


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