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Life and Death in CaptivityThe Abuse of Prisoners during War$
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Geoffrey P. R. Wallace

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453434

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453434.001.0001

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Explaining the Treatment of Prisoners during War

Explaining the Treatment of Prisoners during War

(p.170) Conclusion Explaining the Treatment of Prisoners during War
Life and Death in Captivity

Geoffrey P. R. Wallace

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter summarizes key findings and discusses their implications for the broader study of political violence and wartime conduct in both the contemporary era and when looking ahead. It considers prisoner abuse in other types of armed conflict, namely colonial wars, civil wars, and the United States' War on Terror. The violence frequently wrought upon captives shows that the prospects for troops who are captured are often grim. Yet the proper care offered to many other prisoners suggests all is not lost; humanitarian standards can prevail even in wartime. Looking over the entirety of past conflicts nonetheless shows that the road into and out of captivity will likely remain perilous for many prisoners for some time to come.

Keywords:   wartime conduct, political violence, prisoner abuse, prisoner treatment, armed conflict

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