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In Thrall to Political ChangePolice and Gendarmerie in France$
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Malcolm Anderson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199693641.001.0001

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(p.87) 5 1918–1945
In Thrall to Political Change

Malcolm Anderson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the influence of the social and political environment on police and policing in France between 1918 and 1945. More precisely, it analyses the impact of regime change, purges, and reforms on the police and gendarmerie in the years between World War I and World War II. It also discusses problems of the interwar years that affected the police and police morale as well as public order in various ways, including crimes, strikes, and inflation, and the Great Depression. Furthermore, it considers the alleged involvement of the police in a series of political scandals during this period.

Keywords:   police, policing, France, reforms, gendarmerie, World War I, World War II, police morale, public order, crimes

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