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The 1929 Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War1 was the first codification of rules regarding prisoners of war independent from general rules of conduct during war. Until then, prisoner-of-war policy had been subsumed under general military behavior. The evolution of attitudes toward prisoners of war is, in the first instance, the evolution of moderation in general warfare, from pre-Christian times to the present, and it appears worthwhile to examine this evolution, to set the rules in place in 1939 within their overall historical context.


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© Vasilis Vourkoutiotis 2003

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  1. 1.University of OttawaCanada

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