New publication: The History of Policing edited by Clive Emsley

In recent years the history of police and policing has become a key area of debate across a range of disciplines: criminology, sociology, political science and history.

This authoritative series, published by Ashgate, brings together the most important and influential English-language scholarship in the field, arranged chronologically across four volumes. The series includes articles on the shifting meaning of ‘police’, the growth of bureaucratic policing during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, consolidation in the twentieth century, and the international diffusion of export models and practices. The texts included come from a range of disciplines and chart the recent debates from traditional Whig history, revisionist work published during the last quarter of the twentieth century, and subsequent reassessments.

Each volume is edited by a historian recognised as an authority in the area, and features an introductory essay which explains the key changes in the period and the significance of the selected articles and essays. The series provides a valuable resource for scholars new to the area as well as for those who may have overlooked an important essay or article published in an edited collection, or in a journal with limited circulation or from a discipline that they might not normally consult.

Further information is available, or you can download a flyer for each volume:

The New Police in the Nineteenth Century, Paul Lawrence

Police and Policing in the Twentieth Century, Chris A Williams

Globalising British Policing, Georgina Sinclair

Theories and Origins of the Modern Police, Clive Emsley


New publication: Contributions to ODNB

Chris Williams and Georgina Sinclair have been specialist advisers and contributors to the latest update to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. They have added biographies of forty individuals who shaped the history of policing in Britain and overseas territories under British rule.


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