The Impact of World War II on Policing in North-West Europe

Cyrille Fijnaut (Author),

Series: Society, Crime and Criminal Justice 27

Category: Law

Language: English

ISBN: 9789058673541

Publication date: March 1, 2004

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Number of pages: 183

Size: 240 x 160 x 10 mm


Academic research on the history of the police is still quite limited. In the light of modern developments in social and political historiography this is strange. Not only because the police have increasingly become a ubiquitous and ostentious part of society, but also because police forces usually have a crucial part to play when a real struggle for political power is going on. This book focuses on the impact of World War II on policing in North-West-Europe, in particular in the cases of Belgium, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. It is the result of a symposium that was organized in the framework of a comprehensive research project on the Dutch police in the twentieth century. The comparative analysis of the papers written by renowned historians in this field pinpoints a number of key questions that relate to policing in times of war and thereby provides a starting point for further research on this topic.

Chapter I – Policing in the Age of the European Civil Wars – An introduction
Hans Blom

Chapter II – The Wreckage of a Republican Police Model
Jean-Marc Berlière

Chapter III – The World Wars and their Impact on the Belgian Police Systems
Benoît Majerus and Xavier Rousseaux

Chapter IV – The Impact of the Occupation on the Dutch Police
Cyrille Fijnaut, Guus Meershoek, Jos Smeets, Ronald van der Wal

Chapter V – The Reconstruction of the Police in Post-1945 Germany
Herbert Reinke

Chapter VI – The Secnd World War and the Police in England and Wales
Clive Emsley

Cyrille Fijnaut

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