Making the Peace: Public Order and Public Security in Modern Britain

Hardcover | May 1, 1983

byCharles Townshend

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In recent years, such episodes as the death of Blair Peach, the Miners' Strike, the Scarman Report, and the Ponting and Stalker affairs have raised serious doubts as to whether the `British trick' of maintaing law and order by consensus is still feasible. Beginning with the Swing, Chartist,and Plug Riots, Charles Towshend shows how public order was steadily tightened during the Victorian era and how that process has continued throughout this century, thanks to such legislation as the Official Secrets, Public Order, Defence of the Realm, and Emergency Powers Acts.This is a wide-ranging and readable historical analysis of the fundamental concepts on which the law-and-order debate rests. In addition to exploring the issues and events that have influenced mainland affairs, Professor Townshend also examines the Irish situation between the First Land Act and thePrevention of Terrorism Act, and offers valuable insights into the periodic `crises of order' that seem to be threatening modern Britain.

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In recent years, such episodes as the death of Blair Peach, the Miners' Strike, the Scarman Report, and the Ponting and Stalker affairs have raised serious doubts as to whether the `British trick' of maintaing law and order by consensus is still feasible. Beginning with the Swing, Chartist,and Plug Riots, Charles Towshend shows how pu...

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In recent years, such episodes as the death of Blair Peach, the Miners' Strike, the Scarman Report, and the Ponting and Stalker affairs have raised serious doubts whether the 'British way' of maintaining law and order by consensus is still feasible. Beginning with the Swing, Chartist, and Plug Riots, Charles Townshend shows how the def...

Formerly held Fellowships at the National Humanities Center, North Carolina, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, and former Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:274 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:May 1, 1983Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780198229780

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'important, concise and well written book ... this is a most interesting and stimulating survey of a controversial subject'Richard C. Thurlow, University of Sheffield, Intelligence and National Security