(Not) Ending Internment: The Years 1918–20

  • Matthew StibbeEmail author


This chapter focuses on internment policies in the period 1918–20, when a new world order was starting to emerge in the wake of the US and Chinese interventions in the war, the Bolshevik seizure of power in Russia, the defeat of the Central Powers in autumn 1918 and the outbreak of fresh conflicts in the former Tsarist, Habsburg and Ottoman empires. It begins at the turn of the year 1917–18, a point of both rupture and continuities in the practice of civilian captivity—especially in the inter-twined regions of western Europe, eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and North and South America. It covers various attempts to end internment by diplomatic means, and the implications of Allied victory in the west and ‘Red’ victory in the east not only for the pace of release and repatriation of different types of civilian captive but also for the reinforcement of class, gender and racial hierarchies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HumanitiesSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

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