The narrative model of the histories of the police from the perspective of public safety: a look over three examples of a diacronic historiography
Keywords:Police History, Historiography, methodology, Portugal
Public safety is the benign meaning instinctively associated with the concept of police. In reviewing Portuguese historiography about the police, we find that historians always operate according to this relatively recent definition. But what implicit norms inform such an approach through which the forces of public safety reconstitute their own history? What regular, common structure forms the basis for the apparently irreconcilable works of João Cosme (2006), Mascarenhas Barreto (1979) and Albino Lapa (1942, 1964)?