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The Great British Bobby: A history of British policing from 1829 to the present Paperback – 29 Apr 2010


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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; Reprint edition (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849161976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849161978
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

Exhaustively researched account … fascinating' Brian Paddick, Guardian.

Informative jaunt through the history of the modern bobby … worth reading' Daily Telegraph.

A thoroughly learned, clear-eyed and engaging read' Sunday Times.

The doyen of police history has produced a well-informed, thoughtful account of the British police over some 200 years that is a pleasure to read' BBC History Magazine.

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The name 'Bobby' comes from Sir Robert Peel who, as home secretary, oversaw the creation of the Metropolitan Police in 1829. In spite of his position as a national institution and his appeal as a solution to present-day concerns about law and order, the social history of the Bobby has rarely been explored. Yet his story (and since the beginning of the twentieth century it is also her story) is as exciting as that of his military cousin, Tommy Atkins. The period covered by The Great British Bobby has seen massive economic, social and political change in Britain. The policing institution has shifted significantly in tandem, from having its primary relationship directly with the local community, to becoming an instrument of the central state with, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, targets set and regulated for the good of what politicians and policing professionals consider as the national community.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Hughes on 2 Jun 2010
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A wonderful book describing in detail the reality behing early policing and politics affecting it. I found it engrossing and informative especially how the PC coped on very low pay in early days.
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By Bryn Payson on 14 April 2014
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This is a great book,full of historical facts about our great British Policemen and Women.A rivetting read from start to end.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gav on 31 Dec 2011
The product arrived as described and was a gift for an old ex Bobby who found it very informative and entertaining, although, any person who has not served may find it a bit over their heads in terms of how things were done in the past and so on.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Clark on 15 Sep 2011
Great sale. Easy and simple.
Book was far cheaper than the high street and various other online sellers and arrived quickly, well packed and with care.

I can not fault it!
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