Identifying the English

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From the 15th century impostor Perkin Warbeck to identity theft on the internet, Edward Higgs traces the history of personal identification, addressing in particular the contradiction between the increase in means of personal identification and the parallel increase in insecurity. Among the topics covered are the origins of the surname, the identity of criminals, the development of the 'dossier society' in the 100 years after 1850, and the digital database.

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Identifying the English

Identifying the English

A History of Personal Identification 1500 to the Present

Hardback294pp

9781441182036     Product Code: 219407

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From the 15th century impostor Perkin Warbeck to identity theft on the internet, Edward Higgs traces the history of personal identification, addressing in particular the contradiction between the increase in means of personal identification and the parallel increase in insecurity. Among the topics covered are the origins of the surname, the identity of criminals, the development of the 'dossier society' in the 100 years after 1850, and the digital database.

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