The best way to keep the peace in a country : Napoleon's gendarmes and their legacy

Emsley, Clive (2000). The best way to keep the peace in a country : Napoleon's gendarmes and their legacy. In: Laven, David and Riall, Lucy eds. Napoleon's Legacy: Problems of Government in Restoration Europe. Oxford: Berg, pp. 257–274.

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Abstract

This chapter explores two principal questions with reference to the gendarmeries. First, how the system was developed during the Napoleonic régime as a military-civil force for the maintenance of order and for the enforcement of conscription legislation; and second, what made gendarmeries attractive to the rulers of so many European states during the nineteenth century.

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