Making the Peace: Public Order and Public Security in Modern Britain

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In recent years, such episodes as the death of Blair Peach, the Miners' Strike, the Scarman Report, and the Ponting and Stalker affairs have raised serious doubts as to whether the "British trick" of maintaining law and order by consensus is still feasible. Beginning with the Swing, Chartist, and Plug Riots, Charles Townshend shows how public order was steadily tightened during the Victorian era and how that process has continued throughout this century, thanks to such legislation as the Official Secrets, Public...
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Overview


In recent years, such episodes as the death of Blair Peach, the Miners' Strike, the Scarman Report, and the Ponting and Stalker affairs have raised serious doubts as to whether the "British trick" of maintaining law and order by consensus is still feasible. Beginning with the Swing, Chartist, and Plug Riots, Charles Townshend shows how public order was steadily tightened during the Victorian era and how that process has continued throughout this century, thanks to such legislation as the Official Secrets, Public Order, Defence of the Realm, and Emergency Powers Acts. This is a wide-ranging and readable historical analysis of the fundamental concepts on which the law-and-order debate rests. In addition to exploring the issues and events that have influenced mainland affairs, Townshend also examines the Irish situation between the First Land Act and the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and offers valuable insights into the periodic "crises of order" that seems to be threatening modern Britain.
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"Townshend's book is quarried from archival, legal, and parliamentary sources and reveals a wide acquaintance with the secondary literature. It is rich in both quotations and insightful, if often complex, argumentation."--American Historical Review

"Erudite throughout, with thorough documentation."--Choice

"An interesting and well-written account of the roots of a crisis in relations between the police, the government, and the public. Its application of social history to the history of English policing is illuminating."--Albion

"a singular contribution to the history of public order in Britain. ...this study significantly advances the hitoriography of policing and power and must be reckoned with by all future scholars working in this area."--Journal of Modern History

"...important and elegantly written book..."--Journal of British Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198229780
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Keele
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Table of Contents

1 The English Image of Order 1
2 The Indian Negative 23
3 Flawed Equipoise 1880-1914 36
4 In Defence of the Realm 56
5 Preparing for Revolution 1919-1939 80
6 The Ultimate Emergency 112
7 The Last Postwar 132
8 Threatening the Life of the Nation 167
9 Losing the Trick 191
Abbreviations 203
Notes 204
Bibliography 238
Index 259
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