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Making the PeacePublic Order and Public Security in Modern Britain$
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Charles Townshend

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229780

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229780.001.0001

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The English Image of Order

The English Image of Order

(p.1) 1 The English Image of Order
Making the Peace

Charles Townshend

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the historical changes in the image of public order in England during the 19th century. Until the French revolutionary wars, the English people were seen by themselves and by their rulers as an ungovernable people. By the 1850s, the situation started to change and public order had ceased to be a national problem. The decisive moment in this shift was April 1848, fuelled by a decade of chartist mobilization, which petered out in London, stifled by middle-class solidarity. This chapter also discusses the role of the police in maintaining peace and order.

Keywords:   public order, England, ungovernable people, national problem, middle class, police

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