The Abolition of National Registration
This chapter analyses the registration authority’s struggles to keep the register alive after the war. It observes how they discounted popular attitudes and focused, unsuccessfully, on attempts to win over officialdom. It argues that the common explanations for abolition do not take into account the attitudes of these officials, most of whom could not see a need for registration in peacetime. Thus, this chapter highlights the considerable difference between official attitudes towards population registration in this post-war period and the later periods studied in subsequent chapters. This chapter also critiques the arguments that the register was an objective scientific instrument and shows how the idea of using it as a common numbering system first emerged in this period as part of this political strife.