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Barbed Wire Diplomacy – Britain, Germany, and the Politics of Prisoners of War 1939-1945 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Barbed Wire Diplomacy: Britain, Germany, and the Politics of Prisoners of War 1939-1945

Neville Wylie


This book examines how the United Kingdom government went about protecting the interests, lives, and well‐being of its prisoners of war (POWs) in Nazi Germany between 1939 and 1945. The comparatively good treatment of British prisoners in Germany has largely been explained by historians in terms of rational self‐interest, reciprocity, and influence of Nazi racism, which accorded Anglo‐Saxon servicemen a higher status than other categories of POWs. By contrast, this book offers a more nuanced picture of Anglo‐German relations and the politics of prisoners of war. Based on British, German, Unite ... More

Keywords: prisoner(s) of war, Second World War, United Kingdom, Nazi Germany, Geneva Convention, diplomacy, Switzerland, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199547593
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547593.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neville Wylie, author
Associate Professor in Politics, University of Nottingham
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