J. M. Beattie

in The First English Detectives

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695164
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738746 | DOI:

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The Introduction provides a brief historiographical summary in order to place the book in the context of previous work on the police in this period. It examines themes in the half century before the creation of the runners to explain why the runners were thought to be necessary. It then sets out the structure of the book, explaining that the period 1750 to 1829 cannot be written as a single narrative, a story of movement towards the goal of a modern police, but needs to be structured as a number of phases, each responding to particular circumstances and challenges.

Keywords: police history; thief takers; runners; reform; police offices; Metropolitan Police

Chapter.  7637 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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