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Life and Death in Captivity: The Abuse of Prisoners during War

Geoffrey P. R. Wallace


Why are prisoners horribly abused in some wars but humanely cared for in others? This book explores the profound differences in the ways that captives are treated during armed conflict. It focuses on the dual role played by regime type and the nature of the conflict in determining whether captor states opt for brutality or mercy. Integrating original data on prisoner treatment during the last century of interstate warfare with in-depth historical cases, the book demonstrates how domestic constraints and external incentives shape the fate of captured enemy combatants. Both Russia and Japan, for ... More

Keywords: prisoners, armed conflict, captives, prisoner treatment, nonviolence, fighting, interstate warfare, brutality, mercy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453434
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453434.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey P. R. Wallace, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University-New Brunswick