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

  • Title: The Ascent of the Detective: Police Sleuths in Victorian and Edwardian England
  • Author: Haia Shpayer-Makov
  • ISBN: 9780199577408
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Ascent of the Detective Police Sleuths in Victorian and Edwardian England 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
    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 The Ascent of the DetectiveThe 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 The Ascent of the Detective 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 at Scotland Yard.The book starts by illuminating the detectives socioeconomic background, how and why they became detectives, their working conditions, the differences between them and uniformed policemen, and their relations with the wider community It then goes on to trace the factors that shaped their changing public image, from the embodiment of un English values to plebeian knights in armour, investigating the complex and symbiotic exchange between detectives and journalists, and analysing their image as it unfolded in the press, in literature, and in their own memoirs.

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    1. This is a great academic history of Victorian policing, detective work and the literature that surrounds them. It's exceedingly well-researched and wears its academic credentials lightly for all of that. Readable and smart, this is a great resource for anyone interested in the rise in policing and detection through the early twentieth century.

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    2. RECENT THINGS I'VE READ AND LIKED INCLUDE: STREETLIFE IN LATE VICTORIAN LONDON: THE CONSTABLE AND THE CROWD; THE ASCENT OF THE DETECTIVE: POLICE SLEUTHS IN VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN ENGLAND; INVISIBLE MEN: THE SECRET LIVES OF POLICE CONSTABLES IN LIVERPOOL, MANCHESTER, AND BIRMINGHAM; DREAMLAND; GHETTOSIDE; DETROIT: A BIOGRAPHY. MY BIASES ARE PROBABLY SHOWING BUT ALL OF THOSE BOOKS ARE SOLID.

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