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The Ascent of the Detective: Police Sleuths in Victorian and Edwardian England

Haia Shpayer-Makov


The figure of the detective has long excited the imagination of the wider public, and the English police detective has been a special focus of attention in both print and visual media. Yet, while much has been written in the last three decades about the history of uniformed policemen in England, no similar work has focused on police detectives. This book redresses this by exploring the diverse and often arcane world of English police detectives during the formative period of their profession, from 1842 until the First World War, with special emphasis on the famed detective branch established a ... More

Keywords: police, detective, Scotland Yard, Victorian England, Edwardian England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199577408
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199577408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Haia Shpayer-Makov, author
Professor of History at the University of Haifa