European Police Forces and Law Enforcement in the First World War

  • Jonas Campion
  • Laurent López
  • Guillaume Payen

Part of the World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence book series (WHCCV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Jonas Campion, Laurent López, Guillaume Payen
    Pages 1-13
  3. Police Forces at the Front

  4. Police Forces on the Home Front

  5. Policing Far from the War? The Empires and the Neutrals

  6. The Aftermath of the War: Back to Peace-Time Policing

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 347-371

About this book


This book offers a global history of civilian, military and gendarmerie-style policing around the First World War. Whilst many aspects of the Great War have been revisited in light of the centenary, and in spite of the recent growth of modern policing history, the role and fate of police forces in the conflict has been largely forgotten. Yet the war affected all European and extra-European police forces. Despite their diversity, all were confronted with transnational factors and forms of disorder, and suffered generally from mass-conscription. During the conflict, societies and states were faced with a crisis situation of unprecedented magnitude with mass mechanised killing on the battle field, and starvation, occupation, destruction, and in some cases even revolution, on the home front. Based on a wide geographical and chronological scope – from the late nineteenth century to the interwar years – this collection of essays explores the policing of European belligerent countries, alongside their empires, and neutral countries. The book’s approach crosses traditional boundaries between neutral and belligerent nations, centres and peripheries, and frontline and rear areas. It focuses on the involvement and wartime transformations of these law-enforcement forces, thus highlighting underlying changes in police organisation, identity and practices across this period. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jonas Campion
    • 1
  • Laurent López
    • 2
  • Guillaume Payen
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Historical Research of Septentrion (UMR CNRS 8529)Lille UniversityVilleneuve-d’AscqFrance
  2. 2.Defence Historical ServiceVincennesFrance
  3. 3.Centre d’histoire du XIXe siècle (EA 3550)/Department of HistorySorbonne UniversityParisFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-26101-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-26102-3
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