New PDF release: A Certain Share of Low Cunning: A History of the Bow Street

By David J. Cox

ISBN-10: 0415627516

ISBN-13: 9780415627511

ISBN-10: 184392773X

ISBN-13: 9781843927730

This e-book presents an account and research of the background of the Bow road Runners, precursors of trendy police strength. via a close research of a variety of either qualitative and quantitative examine information, this e-book offers a clean perception into their heritage, arguing that using Bow highway body of workers in provincially instigated instances used to be even more universal than has been assumed by way of many historians. It additionally demonstrates that the variety of actions performed via Bow road team of workers when hired on such situations was once way more complicated than will be gleaned from the vast majority of books and articles relating early nineteenth-century provincial policing, which frequently do little greater than contact at the function of Bow road. by way of describing a number of the roles and actions of the Bow highway relevant officials with particular regard to situations originating within the provinces it additionally areas them firmly in the wider contexts of provincial law-enforcement and policing historical past.

The ebook investigates the categories of case within which the 'Runners' have been concerned, who hired them and why, how they operated, together with their interplay with neighborhood law-enforcement our bodies, and the way they have been perceived via those that applied their providers. It additionally discusses the legacy of the vital officials with reference to next advancements inside policing. Bow highway Police workplace and its body of workers have lengthy been appeared by means of many historians as little greater than a discrete and sometimes inconsequential footnote to the heritage of policing, resulting in a partial and incomplete knowing in their paintings. This perspective is challenged during this booklet, which argues that during numerous methods the usage of relevant officials in provincially instigated situations lead the way for vital next advancements in policing, in particular with reference to detective practices. it's also the 1st paintings to supply a transparent contrast among the important officials and their much less senior colleagues.

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