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Policing in Colonial Empires

Cases, Connections, Boundaries (ca. 1850–1970)


Edited By Emmanuel Blanchard, Marieke Bloembergen and Amandine Lauro

Colonial security strategies and the postcolonial vestiges they left both in the global South and in former metropoles have recently attracted renewed academic attention. Policing in Colonial Empires is a collection of essays reflecting current, ongoing research and exploring the multifaceted dynamics of policing in colonial societies over the past two centuries. Spanning several continents and colonial contexts (some of them liminal or little-explored), the book examines the limits and legitimacies of the functioning of colonial policing. Addressing issues such as collaboration, coercion, violence, race, and intelligence, the collected works ask what exactly was colonial about colonial policing. Together, the contributors point out the complex nature of colonial law and order maintenance, and provide insights on histories that might reflect the legacies of its many variants.

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The publication of this book was supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR) – Project SYSPOE (“Systèmes policiers européens, 18e-19e siècles”, ANR-12-BSH3-0004), the Université Paris-Saclay (Department of Social and Human Sciences), the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), and ULB’s Mondes Modernes et Contemporains Research Center. Cover picture: Workers on a rubber plantation in Malaya travel to work under the protection of Special Constables 1950, coll. Imperial War Museum Gov4206 ©IWM. The book was subject to a double blind refereeing process. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, by print, photocopy, microfilm or any other means, without prior written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved. © P.I.E. PETER LANG S.A.    Éditions scientifiques internationales    Brussels, 2017    1 avenue Maurice, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium;

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Blanchard, Emmanuel, editor, author. | Bloembergen, Marieke, 1967- editor, author. | Lauro, Amandine, 1983- editor, author. Title: Policing in colonial empires : cases, connections, boundaries (ca. 1850-1970) / Emmanuel Blanchard, Marieke Bloembergen & Amandine Lauro (eds.). Other titles: Outre-mers (Brussels, Belgium) ; v. 6.escription: New York : P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2017. | Series: Outre-mers ; v. 6 | Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2016049492 | ISBN 9782807600645 Subjects: LCSH: Colonies--Administration--History--19th century. | Colonies--Administration--History--20th century. | Police--History--19th century. | Police--History--20th century. | Race relations--History--19th century. | Race relations--History--20th century. Classification: LCC HV7964 .P65 2017 | DDC 363.23091719--dc23 LC record available at Bibliographic information published by “Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek”. “Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek” lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed...

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