Behind Barbed Wire: A History of Concentration Camps from the Reconcentrados to the Nazi System 1896-1945

Behind Barbed Wire: A History of Concentration Camps from the Reconcentrados to the Nazi System 1896-1945

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Overview

Most people associate concentration camps with Nazi Germany. Behind Barbed Wire examines how these notorious World War II camps actually reflected a previous use of the system, a system that began almost a century earlier. In truth, Adolf Hitler had studied the American Indian Reservations as he plotted his regime's attack on European Jews and other minorities. Remarkably, in the years between the reservations and the Nazi camps, the United States, along with several other Western powers, implemented concentration camps throughout the globe, each instance employing more and more barbaric measures with harsher and harsher outcomes. Behind Barbed Wire explains how these nations dubiously justified camp operations by citing military counterinsurgency tactics, containment policies, and simply the ability to prosecute war more easily.



This brief history addresses the subliminal reasons for relocating hundreds of thousands of civilians, why the system became so prevalent, and how concentration camps existed under the cover of armed conflict. It argues that, most often, camps can be facilitated only under the guise of war. Anyone with an interest in military history, World War II, concentration camps, and the plight of the Jews will discover how all these topics converge into a compelling story of war, bigotry, and military might.



Behind Barbed Wire also sheds light on the concentration camp systems that have been employed since the fall of the Nazi dictatorship. With current geopolitical issues focusing on elitism, xenophobia, deplorables, terrorism, and military necessity, this book offers some understanding about the unintended consequences of policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627342988
Publisher: Universal-Publishers.com
Publication date: 03/25/2020
Pages: 396
Sales rank: 802,611
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Ms. Lindsay graduated summa cum laude with a degree in military history and serves on various boards including the National WWII Museum, the Museum of History and Holocaust Education, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, and America's National Churchill Museum (where she is a Churchill Fellow). She lives in the Atlanta area with her two Basset Hounds.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction xi

CHAPTER 1

The Origination of Concentration Camps: Reconcentrados in Cuba 1

CHAPTER 2

The U.S. Military vs. the Filipinos 19

CHAPTER 3

American Indian Reservations 39

CHAPTER 4

British Refugee Camps during the Boer War 59

CHAPTER 5

German Concentration Camps in South West Africa 73

CHAPTER 6

The Soviet Gulag 95

CHAPTER 7

Military Necessity and Institutional Extremism 111

CHAPTER 8

A Climate of Bigotry: The Persecution of European Jews 127

CHAPTER 9

The “Aryan Race” vs. the “Undesirables” 147

CHAPTER 10

The Nazi Concentration Camp System 167

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CHAPTER 11

Yellow Peril: The Japanese Internment Camps 189

CHAPTER 12

Lesser Known Concentration Camps 209

Conclusion 231

Acknowledgements 237

Notes 239

Selected Bibliography 351

Index 359

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