Concentration Camps: A Short History

Hardcover | February 16, 2017

byDan Stone

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Concentration camps are a relatively new invention, a recurring feature of twentieth century warfare, and one that is important to the modern global consciousness and identity. Although the most famous concentration camps are those under the Nazis, the use of concentration camps originatedseveral decades before the Third Reich, in the Philippines and in the Boer War, and they have been used again in numerous locations, not least during the genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda. They have become defining symbols of humankind's lowest point and basest acts.In this book, Dan Stone gives a global history of concentration camps, and shows that it is not only "mad dictators" who have set up camps, but instead all varieties of states, including liberal democracies, that have made use of them. Setting concentration camps against the longer history ofincarceration, he explains how the ability of the modern state to control populations led to the creation of this extreme institution. Looking at their emergence and spread around the world, Stone argues that concentration camps serve the purpose, from the point of view of the state in crisis, ofremoving a section of the population that is perceived to be threatening, traitorous, or diseased. Drawing on contemporary accounts of camps, as well as the philosophical literature surrounding them, Stone considers the story camps tell us about the nature of the modern world as well as aboutspecific regimes.

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Concentration camps are a relatively new invention, a recurring feature of twentieth century warfare, and one that is important to the modern global consciousness and identity. Although the most famous concentration camps are those under the Nazis, the use of concentration camps originatedseveral decades before the Third Reich, in the ...

Dan Stone is Professor of Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is also Director of the Holocaust Research Centre. He is the author or editor of sixteen books, including Histories of the Holocaust (OUP, 2010) and The Liberation of the Camps: The End of the Holocaust and its Aftermath (Yale, 2015), and some se...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.01 inPublished:February 16, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. What is a Concentration Camp?2. Origins3. The Third Reich's World of Camps4. The Gulag5. The Wide World of Camps6. "An Auschwitz Every Three Months ": Society as Camp?ReferencesFurther ReadingIndex

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"A careful and comprehensive analytical survey that tracks the concentration camp brilliantly across the many diversities of time and place, without either flattening the concept or lessening its Third Reich connotations." --Geoff Eley, Karl Port Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History, University of Michigan 22/06/2016