The Prisoner Released

Peter Zinoman

in The Colonial Bastille

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780520224124
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925175 | DOI:
The Prisoner Released

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This chapter examines why so many of the released political prisoners in French Indochina returned to the anticolonial struggle. It suggests that former prisoners' experience of communal incarceration, coupled with the efficacy of revolutionary training behind bars, served to deepen the political commitments of many jailed activists. It also discusses the colonial state's mechanism of control that discouraged the reintegration of ex-prisoners into the wider community by undermining their financial prospects and leaving them open to harassment by local officials.

Keywords: political prisoners; political activity; anticolonial struggle; French Indochina; political commitments; reintegration of ex-prisoners

Chapter.  12278 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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