Internment
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Internment

During the World War, the notion of internment referred both to the sheltering of sick or invalid war prisoners in neutral states and to coercive measures against so-called enemy aliens. This conceptual ambiguity resulted from the fact that the large-scale repressive measures carried out against the civilian citizens of enemy countries were a relatively recent phenomenon. The reason for this was a fundamental redefinition of the “enemy” that went far beyond any military conception. As …

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Hinz, Uta, “Internment”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 28 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0308>
First published online: 2015



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