Policing of Politics in the 20th Century: Historical Perspectives

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Overview

The role of the police has, from its beginnings, been ambiguous, even janus-faced. This volume focuses on one of its controversial aspects by showing how the police have been utilized in the past by regimes in Europe, the USA and the British Empire to check political dissent and social unrest. Ideologies such as anti-Communism emerge as significant influences in both democracies and dictatorships. And by shedding new light on policing continuities in twentieth-century Germany and Italy, as well as Interpol, this volume questions the compatibility of democratic government and political policing.

Mark Mazower received his D. Phil. In Modern History from Oxford University. He taught History at Princeton University, International Relations at the University of Sussex and currently he is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571818737
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/1997
  • Pages: 274
  • Lexile: 1630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Political Police and the European Nation-State in the Nineteenth Century 1
1 A Republican Political Police? Political Policing in France under the Third Republic, 1875-1940 27
2 Continuity in Policing Politics in Italy, 1920-1960 57
3 Policing Politics in Germany from Weimar to the Stasi 91
4 The International Criminal Police Commission and the Fight against Communism, 1923-1945 107
5 Policing the Anti-Communist State in Greece, 1922-1974 129
6 Police and Government in Northern Ireland, 1922-1969 151
7 Securing the British Empire: Policing and Colonial Order, 1920-1960 167
8 Political Policing in the United States: The Evolution of the FBI, 1917-1956 191
9 The Tokko and Political Police in Japan, 1911-1945 213
Conclusion: The Policing of Politics in Historical Perspective 241
Notes on Contributors 257
Index 260
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