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The Society of Prisoners: Anglo-French Wars and Incarceration in the Eighteenth Century

Renaud Morieux


War captivity is an ideal observatory to address three interrelated questions. First, I argue that in order to understand what a prisoner of war was in the eighteenth century, from a legal viewpoint, we must forget what we know about this notion, as it has been shaped by twentieth-century international conventions. In the eighteenth century, the distinction between a prisoner of war, a hostage, a criminal and a slave was not always clear-cut, in theory and even more so in practice. Second, war captivity tells us something important about the eighteenth-century state, how it transformed itself, ... More

Keywords: War, Prisons, Prisoners of War, Britain, France, Eighteenth Century, Humanitarianism, Prison sociology, Social history, International law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723585
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198723585.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Renaud Morieux, author
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge