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Barbed Wire DiplomacyBritain, Germany, and the Politics of Prisoners of War 1939-1945$
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Neville Wylie

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547593.001.0001

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Building the Interwar POW Regime

Building the Interwar POW Regime

(p.38) 2 Building the Interwar POW Regime
Barbed Wire Diplomacy

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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

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