An orderly retreat?
Policing the end of empire
in Policing and decolonisation
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book examines the role and functions of the colonial police forces during the process of British decolonisation and the transfer of powers in eight colonial territories. It emphasises, that the British adopted a 'colonial' solution to their problems in policing insurgency in Ireland. The book illustrates how the recruitment of Turkish Cypriot policemen to maintain public order against Greek Cypriot insurgents worsened the political situation confronting the British and ultimately compromised the constitutional settlement for the transfer of powers. In Cyprus and Malaya especially, the origins and ethnic backgrounds of serving policemen came to determine the effectiveness with which they were able to carry out their duties, and set limits upon their reliability as agents of colonial control.

Policing and decolonisation

Politics, Nationalism and the Police, 1917–65


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