A History of the Dublin Metropolitan Police and its Colonial Legacy

  • Anastasia Dukova

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. 1780–1880

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Anastasia Dukova
      Pages 25-42
    3. Anastasia Dukova
      Pages 43-67
    4. Anastasia Dukova
      Pages 69-95
  3. 1880–1925

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Anastasia Dukova
      Pages 123-148
    3. Anastasia Dukova
      Pages 149-179
    4. Anastasia Dukova
      Pages 181-202
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 203-235

About this book


This book illuminates the neglected history of the Dublin Metropolitan Police – a history that has been long overshadowed by existing historiography, which has traditionally been preoccupied with the more radical aspects of Irish history. It explores the origins of the institution and highlights the Dublin Metropolitan Police’s profound influence on the colonial forces, as its legacy reached some of the furthest outposts of the British Empire. In doing so Anastasia Dukova provides much needed nuance and complexity to our understanding of Ireland as a whole, and Dublin in particular, demonstrating that it was far more than a lawless place ravaged by political and sectarian violence. Simultaneously, the book tells the story of the bobby on the beat, the policeman who made the organisation; his work and day, the conditions of service and how they affected or bettered his lot at home and abroad.


Colonial Ireland Policing Irish Royal Constabulary Colonialism Garda

Authors and affiliations

  • Anastasia Dukova
    • 1
  1. 1.BrisbaneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-55581-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-55582-3
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