Encyclopedia of Prisoners of War and Internment

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This invaluable A–Z reference work presents nearly 300 entries that survey the history of prisoners of war and interned civilians from the earliest times to the present, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Medical conditions, international law, exchanges of prisoners, organizations working on behalf of POWs, and trials associated with the treatment of captives are just some of the themes explored. Entries range from the Ardeatine Caves Massacre to Kurt Vonnegut.

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"…is thorough and detailed yet accessible to the lay reader. Of special interest to subject specialists and historians; recommended for public and academic libraries."


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"…suitable for the reference collections of all public, high school, and academic libraries."


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"…a carefully constructed and well-written work that will be useful to public and academic libraries for many years."



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Library Journal
Vance (history, Univ. of Ontario; A Gallant Company: The Men of the Great Escape) here covers prisoner-of-war issues in major conflicts from ancient times to the present, though most entries are concerned with the wars of the last 200 years. The entries are arranged alphabetically under general topics, and most have at least two or three See Also references. The average entry is about three or four paragraphs long, and some are as long as a page. An extensive bibliography is included, as are several documents relating to the legal treatment of prisoners of war. This encyclopedia compares favorably with similar reference sources (e.g., Encyclopedia of Guerrilla Warfare, LJ 6/1/99); it is thorough and detailed yet accessible to the lay reader. Of special interest to subject specialists or historians; recommended for public and academic libraries.--Mark Ellis, Albany State Univ., GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Famous prisoners of war throughout history, medical conditions, atrocities, escapes, international law, prisoner exchange, organizations working on behalf of prisoners, and trials associated with the treatment of captives are among the concerns of the nearly 300 articles. Specific topics include the Ardeatine Caves Massacre, the Crusades, the Hanoi Hilton, homosexuality, the Nuremberg Trials, plains Indian warfare, prison ships, Kurt Vonnegut, and women. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576070680
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/3/2000
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
List of Contributors xv
Accommodation 1
Afghan Wars 3
Agincourt Massacre 4
Altmark Incident 5
American Revolution 6
Andersonville 9
Apache Wars 10
Arbeitskommandos 12
Ardeatine Caves Massacre 13
Ashanti Wars 14
Assurance 15
Auschwitz 15
Avitaminosis 16
Aztecs 17
Bader, Douglas Robert Steuart 19
Barbary Wars 19
Barbed-Wire Disease 20
Basil II Bulgaroctonus 22
Bataan Death March 23
Berger, Gottlob 24
Bicycle Camp 24
Big Switch, Operation 25
Black Hole of Calcutta 25
Blue Division 27
Boer War 27
Bosnian War 30
Boulle, Pierre 31
Brandstrom, Elsa 31
The Bridge on the River Kwai 32
British Army Aid Group 32
British Free Corps 33
Brussels Declaration 34
Buchenwald 34
Bullet Decree 35
Burma-Thailand (Death) Railway 36
Bushell, Roger Joyce 37
Cabanatuan 39
Camp Followers 40
The Captive Heart 41
Cavell, Edith 42
Central POW Agency 42
Cervantes, Miguel de 43
Changi 44
Chaplains 45
Chieti 46
Children 47
Churchill, Winston Leonard Spencer 49
Civilian Interness--World War I 49
Civilian Internees--World War II 51
Civilian Interness--World War II--Britain 52
Civilian Internees--World War II--North America 54
Code of Conduct 57
Colditz 58
The Colditz Story 59
Colonial Captivity Narratives 60
Commando Order 62
Commissar Order 62
Concentration Camps 63
Cowra Incident 64
Crusades 66
Cummings, Edward Estlin (e. e.) 67
Czech Legion 68
Dachau 71
Dartmoor 72
Dean, Major General William F. 72
Decree Concerning Prisoners of War 73
Defection 74
Defence Regulation 18B 75
DEF/SEP Status 75
Doolittle Raid 77
Dulag Luft 77
Education 79
Egypt, Ancient 80
Elmira 82
English Civil War 83
Epidemics 85
Escape 86
Exchange 88
Extermination Camps 90
Falklands War 93
Families 94
Featherston Incident 97
Film 98
Forcible Repatriation 100
Franco-Prussian War 102
Fraustadt-Grodno Massacres 103
French Revolution, Wars of the 103
Fryatt, Charles Algernon 104
Gaulle, Charles-Andre-Marie-Joseph de 107
Geneva Convention of 1929 107
Geneva Convention of 1949 108
Geneva Conventions of 1864 and 1906 109
Gerard, James Watson, III 110
Gestapo 110
Giraud, Henri-Honore 111
Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion) 112
Great Escape 112
The Great Escape 113
Great Northern War 114
Greece--Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Period 115
Greece--Hellenistic Period 117
Grotius, Hugo (Huigh de Groot) 120
Guerrillas 121
Gulag 123
Gulf War 123
Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 125
Hanoi Hilton 126
Health 126
Hittites 129
Ho Chi Minh Trail 131
Hogan's Heroes 132
Holloway Prison 132
Holzminden 133
Homecoming, Operation 133
Homosexuality 134
Human Shields 136
Hundred Years War 137
Imma 139
Indian Mutiny 139
India-Pakistan Wars 140
Indoctrination 141
Information Bureaus 142
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 143
International Law 145
Interrogation 147
Interrogation in Depth 149
Island Farm 150
Isle of Man 152
Italian Unification, Wars of 153
Jacobite Risings 155
Jean II of France 156
Karbala 157
Katyn Forest Massacre 157
Keelhaul, Operation 158
King Rat 159
Koje Incident 159
Korean War 160
Kosovo War 162
Labor 165
Lamsdorf 167
Libby Prison 168
Liberation 169
Libraries 173
Liddell, Eric Henry 174
Lidice Massacre 175
Lieber Code 176
Livingston, Camp 176
Lynching 177
Mail 179
Malmedy Massacre 181
The Manchurian Candidate 181
Maori Wars 182
Maschke Commission 183
Mather, Cotton 184
Merchant Seamen 185
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence 185
Mexican-American War 186
Meyer, Kurt 187
MI9 189
MIS-X 189
Mixed Medical Commissions 190
Mongols 191
Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de la Brede et de 193
More, Thomas 193
Murman Railway 194
Music 195
Mutilation 196
Napoleonic Wars 199
Neutral Internees 201
Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission 204
Northern Ireland 205
Nuremberg Trials 206
Nurses 207
Ooka Shohei 211
Oradour-sur-Glane Massacre 211
"Other Losses" 212
Ottoman Empire 213
Le Paradis Massacre 215
Parole 215
Pavie, Marie-Marguerite Fabre 217
Pay 217
Peiper, Joachim (Jochen) 218
Peloponnesian War 219
Percival, Arthur Ernest 220
Philippine-American War 220
Plains Indian Warfare 221
POW/MIA Issue 223
Prison Ships 224
Prisoners of the Sun 225
Protected Personnel 226
Protecting Power 227
Pueblo Incident 229
Punic Wars 230
Race 233
Ransom 235
Rations 237
Reeducation 240
Rehabilitation 243
Religion 244
Reparations 246
Repatriation 247
Reprisals 250
Roman World 252
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques 256
Ruhleben 256
Russian Civil War 258
Russo-Japanese War 259
St. John Ambulance 261
Sandakan-Ranau Death March 262
Scapini, Georges 262
Scott, Winfield 263
Seminole Wars 264
Seven Years' War 265
Sexual Relations 266
Sexual Slavery 268
Shackling Incident 270
Sikh Wars 271
Sinclair, Albert Michael 271
Sioux Wars 272
Slaughterhouse-Five 273
Slavery 273
Son Tay Raid 275
Soviet Special Camps in Germany 276
Soyinka, Wole 277
Spanish Armada 278
Spanish-American War 278
Sphacteria, Battle of 279
Sports 280
Stalag Luft 3 283
Stalag 17 283
Stephenson, Sir William Samuel 284
Stockdale, James Bond 284
Sulmona 285
Swedish-Russian Wars 285
Taiping Rebellion 287
Tamerlane 287
Theater 288
Thirty Years' War 289
Thompson, Captain Floyd J. "Jim" 290
Tokyo War Crimes Trials 291
Townshend, Sir Charles Vere Ferrers 292
Transit Camps 293
Transportation by Sea 294
Treaty of Amity and Commerce 295
United States Civil War 297
van der Post, Sir Laurens 301
Vattel, Emmerich de 302
Vichy France 302
Vietnam War 303
Vivisection 305
Vlasov, Lieutenant General Andrei 307
Von Ryan's Express 308
Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr. 308
Waffen-SS 311
Wainwright, Jonathan Mayhew 312
War of 1812 312
Wars of the Roses 315
Werra, Franz von 316
Wodehouse, Sir Pelham Grenville 316
Women 317
Wooden Horse 320
World War I--Africa 320
World War I--Eastern Front 321
World War I--Far East 323
World War I--Middle East 324
World War I--Ottoman Empire 325
World War I--Western Front 326
World War II--Eastern Front 329
World War II--Far East 333
World War II--Japanese-Americans and Japanese-Canadians 336
World War II--Latin America 337
World War II--North America 338
World War II--Western Europe 341
Wormhout Massacre 342
Wounded Knee Massacre 343
Yalta Conference 345
Yeo-Thomas, Forest Frederick Edward 346
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) 346
Zentsuji 349
Bibliography, Documents 351
Extracts from Instructions for the Government of the Armies of the United States in the Field (the "Lieber Code") 357
Extracts from the 1907 Hague Convention IV with Respects to the Laws and Customs of War on Land 362
Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War (1929) 364
Extracts from the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War (1949) 375
Index 401
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2001

    The truth about POWs.

    Was there really a bridge over the River Kwai? Did anyone ever escape from a German POW camp by jumping the fence on a motorcycle? The answers to these questions and any others you may have about POWs, POW camps, and the Geneva Conventions are found the Encyclopedia of Prisoners of War and Internment. The Encyclopedia, edited by Jonathan Vance of the University of Western Ontario, has over 300 informative articles written by academics, former PWs, soldiers, and other experts. In addition to articles covering films and novels on POWs, the Encyclopedia contains brief biographies on famous former POWs such as Kurt Vonnegut, P. G. Wodehouse, e. e. cummings, and Edith Cavell. Each article also lists references for futher reading, a detailed by subject bibliography, and excerpts from various documents such as the Geneva Conventions, the Hague Conventions, and the American Civil War's 'Lieber Rules' on the treatment of POWs. The book is informative, well researched, and easy to read. I recommend it to either the serious academic military historian or the military history buff.

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