"While the history of the uniformed police has prompted considerable research, the historical study of police detectives has been largely neglected; confined for the most part to a chapter or a brief mention in books dealing with the development of the police in general. The collection redresses this imbalance. Investigating themes central to the history of detection, such as the inchoate distinction between criminals and detectives, the professionalisation of detective work and the establishment of colonial police forces, the book provides a the first detailed examination of detectives as an occupational group, with a distinct occupational culture. Essays discuss the complex relationship between official and private law enforcers and examine the ways in which the FBI in the U.S.A. and the Gestapo in Nazi Germany operated as instruments of state power. The dynamic interaction between the fictional and the real life image of the detective is also explored. Expanding on themes and approaches introduced in recent academic research of police history, the comparative studies included in this collection provide new insights into the development of both plain-clothes policing and law enforcement in general, illuminating the historical importance of bureaucratic and administrative changes that occurred within the state system."--Provided by publisher.
Formatted Contents Note
chapter Introduction: The Police Detective and Police History chapter 1 Early Detection: The Bow Street Runners in Late Eighteenth-Century London chapter 2 Tips, Traps and Tropes: Catching Thieves in Post-Revolutionary Paris chapter 3 From Ex-Con to Expert: The Police Detective in Nineteenth-Century France chapter 4 'Crime Does Not Pay': Thinking Again About Detectives in the First Century of the Metropolitan Police chapter 5 Explaining the Rise and Success of Detective Memoirs in Britain chapter 6 From Sleuths to Technicians? Changing Images of the Detective in Victoria chapter 7 Local 'Demons' in New Zealand Policing c.1900-55 chapter 8 The Image of the Gestapo: As Revealed in Retrospective Surveys and Interviews with Ordinary Germans chapter 9 'Hard-Headed, Hard-Bitten, Hard-Hitting and Courageous Men of Innate Detective Ability. ' From Criminal Investigation to Political and Security Policing at End of Empire, 1945-50 chapter 10 'A Negative and Unwise Approach': Private Detectives, Vigilantes and the FBI Counterintelligence, 1910-72.