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How was law enforcement handled in large US cities before professional police?

China (Zhōng Gúo 中国) has had very large cities with more than a million people since the early middle ages. For example Chang'an (长安) around the years 600 to 900 had approximately 2 million people. How did they manage law enforcement and control before modern times?

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    There's a history section on the Wikipedia article on law enforcement in China.
    – Brian Z
    Jun 18, 2020 at 1:35
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    I know I asked the other one, but I really like this question.
    – T.E.D.
    Jun 18, 2020 at 3:35
  • The Wikipedia article linked above has literally no information on Medieval China (Tang for Chang An as in the question, or Yuan and Ming for the later; only Song is mentioned very briefly).
    – gktscrk
    Jun 18, 2020 at 6:50
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    @Ludi - I think I've clarified the English. Hopefully the poster doesn't feel I changed the meaning beyond repair.
    – T.E.D.
    Jun 18, 2020 at 20:49


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