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Police (political order)
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1. “Gute Policey”: concept, meaning, research

“Police” today generally denotes a state executive authority tasked with protecting public safety and upholding law and order (Police [law enforcement]), but this institutional sense developed only in the 19th century. In the early modern period, “police” was synonymous with “policy” in the sense …

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Härter, Karl, “Police (political order)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025700>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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