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Making the Peace: Public Order and Public Security in Modern Britain

Charles Townshend


In recent years, such episodes as the death of Blair Peach, the Miners' Strike, the Scarman Report, and the Ponting and Stalker affairs have raised serious doubts as to whether the ‘British trick’ of maintaining law and order by consensus is still feasible. Beginning with the Swing, Chartist, and Plug Riots, this book shows how public order was steadily tightened during the Victorian era and how that process has continued throughout this century, thanks to such legislation as the Official Secrets, Public Order, Defence of the Realm, and Emergency Powers Acts. This is a historical analysis of t ... More

Keywords: Blair Peach, Miners' Strike, Scarman Report, Ponting and Stalker, law and order, consensus, Plug Riots, public order, Victorian era, Emergency Powers Act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198229780
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229780.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Townshend, author
University of Keele
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