Policing the Home Front in World War One

This course considers the role of policing in advising and controlling the population on the Home Front during World War One. It will draw evidence from the widely read weekly journal for police on the beat in World War One, the Police Review and Parade Gossip, as well as contemporary newspaper accounts. Through the words and experiences of the police we will hear about two of the major controversies they were involved in, the War Separation Allowance and conscription. We will discuss how they responded to increases in youth crime, food shortages and price increases. Finally, the course will consider the policing of sexual morality, the policing of alcohol, and the increases in police workload and their diminished numbers as many fit young policemen are recruited into the army.

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  • Cost: £70
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