The Policing of Belfast 1870–1914

The Policing of Belfast 1870–1914

by Mark Radford

Mark Radford is a Tutor in the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University, UK and a former member of the Regular British Army and Royal Ulster Constabulary, and has been granted the appointment of Honorary Colonel in the British Army Reserves and Cadets in recognition of his long-standing involvement. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2015
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    978-1-4725-1316-8 (hardback)

    978-1-4725-0637-5 (epdf)

    978-1-4725-1409-7 (epub)

    978-1-4742-1109-3 (online)

    978-1-3500-1109-0 (paperback)
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    First edition
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The Policing of Belfast 1870–1914
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The Policing of Belfast, 1870-1914 examines the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) in late Victorian Belfast in order to see how a semi-military, largely rural constabulary adapted to the problems that a city posed. Mark Radford explores whether the RIC, as the most public face of British government, was successful in controlling a recalcitrant Irish urban populace. This examination of the contrast in styles between urban and rural policing and semi-rural and civil constabulary offers an important insight into the social, political and military history of Ireland at the turn of the twentieth century. The book concludes by showing how governmental neglect of the force and its failure to comprehensively address the issues of pay and conditions of service ultimately led to crisis in the RIC.