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The Passport (Paperback)

The Passport (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 01/05/2005
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The passport is one of the most widespread documents in worldwide use and yet, paradoxically, it has no basis in law: one state cannot demand another to do something - give access - simply by issuing a document. Yet, by insisting on the requirement of holding a passport the state has provided itself with a neat self-financing, data collection and surveillance system. This well illustrated book tells, for the first time, the story of the passport, from earliest times to the present day. When the Roman Empire was spread across Europe, those wishing to travel could only do so with the authority of the king or emperor. The passport's power to facilitate passage was, then, embodied in it from the beginning. But the passport is also connected with territorial and population control by the State. Today, the machine readable passport enables swift checks against lists of names, enabling customs control to sift out undesirables, and the question of identity cards (used throughout continental Europe) is again an issue in British politics. Using individual stories of the use of false passports and secret passage, and revealing the mechanism of the passport system, including the secrets of the machine-readable passport, as well as looking at special diplomatic and royal passports, this book provides an accessible and engaging history of this most widespread of documents

Publisher: The History Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780750940351
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 17 mm
Edition: New edition

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