The Idea of Police in Eighteenth-Century England: Discipline, Reformation, Superintendence, c. 1780–1800.
Journal of the History of Ideas, 69(4) pp. 583–605.
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Recent years have seen considerable interest in the idea of "police" in the eighteenth century.1 "Police" in this archaic sense did not mean a uniformed force employed by the state to govern law and order, it implied a much more general system of government, the task of which was to regulate broad aspects of communal existence with the aim of establishing the common good of the community and was closely associated with maintenance of the moral order, security and the maximization of national resources.
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