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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 Last Postwar

The Last Postwar

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(p.132) 7 The Last Postwar
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Making the Peace
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Charles Townshend

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229780.003.0007

This chapter examines the passage of public order laws in post-war England. It suggests that though the Public Order Acts of 1936 and 1986 appear to be divided into two equal parts, the division is less clear-cut. This is because the Brixton issue did not initiate but rather accelerated the sense of crisis which had already been sufficiently acute in 1977. A critic and historian also observe that the public sense of sudden deterioration in public security and the sudden growth in violent crimes is a recurrent one.

Keywords:   public order, England, Public Order Acts, public security, violent crimes

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