The Ascent of the Detective: Police Sleuths in Victorian and Edwardian England

Hardcover | September 22, 2011

byHaia Shpayer-Makov

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The figure of the detective has long excited the imagination of the wider public, and the English police detective has been a special focus of attention in both print and visual media. Yet, while much has been written in the last three decades about the history of uniformed policemen inEngland, no similar work has focused on police detectives. The Ascent of the Detective redresses this by exploring the diverse and often arcane world of English police detectives during the formative period of their profession, from 1842 until the First World War, with special emphasis on the fameddetective branch established at Scotland Yard. The book starts by illuminating the detectives' socioeconomic background, how and why they became detectives, their working conditions, the differences between them and uniformed policemen, and their relations with the wider community. It then goes on to trace the factors that shaped their changingpublic image, from the embodiment of 'un-English' values to plebeian knights in armour, investigating the complex and symbiotic exchange between detectives and journalists, and analysing their image as it unfolded in the press, in literature, and in their own memoirs.

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The figure of the detective has long excited the imagination of the wider public, and the English police detective has been a special focus of attention in both print and visual media. Yet, while much has been written in the last three decades about the history of uniformed policemen inEngland, no similar work has focused on police det...

Haia Shpayer-Makov currently teaches British and European history at the University of Haifa, Israel. She began her academic career by concentrating on the anarchist movement in Britain, but later shifted her interest to the study of the anarchists' enemies - policemen. Author of The Making of a Policeman. A Social History of a Labour ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:September 22, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199577404

ISBN - 13:9780199577408

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IntroductionPart 1: The Detective in His Work Milieu1. Police Detection in England: Eighteenth Century-First World War2. From Bobby to Detective3. The Detective as Wage Earner and Official Crime FighterPart 2: Detectives and the Print Media4. The Uniquely Symbiotic Relationship between Detectives and Journalists5. The Changing Image of Police Detectives in the Press6. Police Detectives in Fiction7. Police Detectives as AuthorsConclusion