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Building the Interwar POW Regime

Neville Wylie

in Barbed Wire Diplomacy

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199547593
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720581 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547593.003.0003
Building the Interwar POW Regime

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This chapter charts the evolution of the western European prisoner of war ‘regime’. It shows how Britain's experience of captivity during the Great War contributed to the development of a distinctively benign view on the issue of captivity, both within military and government circles and within society at large. It examines the part played by the United Kingdom government in drafting the 1929 Geneva Convention for POWs, and shows how closely the resultant POW regime reflected British interests and experience.

Keywords: inter‐war; prisoner(s) of war; Great War; United Kingdom; captivity; 1929 Geneva Convention; international regime

Chapter.  9755 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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