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Dance in Chains: Imprisonment in the Modern World

Padraic Kenney


The political prisoner is a creation of the modern era, in which states deploy police, courts, and prisons against organized opposition movements. Dance in Chains traces the history of political imprisonment from the 1860s through the present day, using the struggles of opponents from a wide variety of regimes. They range from colonial South Africa through the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, and from the right-wing dictatorship in 1930s Poland through the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The book asks why regimes incarcerate opponents, and why political prisoners are important to opposition m ... More

Keywords: political prisoner, prison, detention, South Africa, Poland, Ireland, Guantanamo Bay, Amnesty International, global history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199375745
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199375745.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Padraic Kenney, author
Professor of History, Indiana University