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Police Stories: Building the French State, 1815-1851

John Merriman


In the first half of the 19th century, France was still characterized by extraordinary regional and linguistic diversity. However, during this period the state increasingly became a central force in the life of French men and women. This book examines the role of municipal policemen (commissaires de police) in this evolution, during which time the police developed into a modern profession. It describes the careers of policemen, how they were hired, the daunting challenges they faced, and the successes they enjoyed, as well as their failures. The chapters describe how the dramatic political iss ... More

Keywords: police, state, central government, municipal policemen, modern profession, careers, urbanization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195072532
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072532.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Merriman, author
Yale University
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