Crime and Policing in Wartime

Clive Emsley

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Crime and Criminal Justice

Published in print May 2016 | ISBN: 9780199352333
Published online July 2016 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Crime and Policing in Wartime

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War affects combatant societies and societies trampled over by warring armies and smashed by their munitions in a variety of ways. This chapter draws out some of these effects with respect to crime and criminal offending in European societies since the mid-eighteenth century and explores how that offending was investigated and suppressed. It focuses on three principal areas: first, the kinds and extent of offenses committed by soldiers and sailors during war and its immediate aftermath; second, the ways in which the exigencies and pressures of, and the opportunities provided by, war have prompted criminal activity among civilians; and third, the kinds of police that have existed and been specifically developed to deal with military offending.

Keywords: black market; masculinity; offenders; police; veterans; war crimes

Article.  9228 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Policing

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