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Internment during the First World War
A Mass Global Phenomenon

ISBN 9780415787444
Published September 18, 2018 by Routledge
298 Pages

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Book Description

Although civilian internment has become associated with the Second World War in popular memory, it has a longer history. The turning point in this history occurred during the First World War when, in the interests of ‘security’ in a situation of total war, the internment of ‘enemy aliens’ became part of state policy for the belligerent states, resulting in the incarceration, displacement and, in more extreme cases, the death by neglect or deliberate killing of hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. This pioneering book on internment during the First World War brings together international experts to investigate the importance of the conflict for the history of civilian incarceration.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface iv

Notes on Contributors viii

List of Illustrations xii



1 Internment during the First World War: A Global Mass Phenomenon 1

Stefan Manz, Panikos Panayi and Matthew Stibbe

2 The Internment of Civilian ‘Enemy Aliens’ in the British Empire 24

Stefan Manz and Panikos Panayi

3 Adding Colour to the Silhouettes: The Internment and Treatment 51

of Foreign Civilians in Germany during the First World War

Christoph Jahr and Jens Thiel

4 The Internment of Enemy Aliens in the Habsburg Empire, 1914-1918 77

Matthew Stibbe

5 The Internment of Enemy Aliens in France during the First World 108

War: The ‘Depot’ at Corbara in Corsica

Simon Giuseppi

6 Colonial Subjects and Enemy Aliens: Confinement and Internment 134

in Italy, 1911-1919

Daniela L.Caglioti

7 Internment and Destruction: Concentration Camps during the Armenian 160

Genocide, 1915-1916

Khatchig Mouradian

8 The Internment of Enemy Aliens in Canada during the Great War: 184

Rights, Obligations and Diplomacy

Bohdan S. Kordan

9 Control and Internment of Enemy Aliens in the United States 211

during the First World War

Jörg Nagler

10 The New Zealand Occupation of German Samoa during the First 242

World War, 1914-1918: Enemy Aliens and Internment

Sandra Barkhof

11 Internment in Neutral and Belligerent Romania (1914-1919) 270

Andrei Şiperco

12 The Internment of Prisoners of War and Civilians in Neutral 300

Switzerland, 1916-1919

Anja Huber




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Stefan Manz is Professor of German and Global History at Aston University, Birmingham. His book Constructing a German Diaspora: The ‘Greater German Empire’, 1871–1914 is also published by Routledge.

Panikos Panayi is Professor of European History at De Montfort University, United Kingdom. His publications include The Enemy in Our Midst: Germans in Britain During the First World War and Prisoners of Britain: German Civilian and Combatant Internees during the First World War.

Matthew Stibbe is Professor of Modern European History at Sheffield Hallam University. His edited volume titled Captivity, Forced Labour and Forced Migration in Europe during the First World War and his co-edited volume (with Ingrid Sharp) titled Women’s International Activism during the Inter-War Period, 1919–1939, are both published by Routledge.