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Prisoners of the Empire

Inside Japanese POW Camps

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$36.00 • £28.95 • €32.50

ISBN 9780674737617

Publication Date: 09/15/2020

Academic Trade

336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

15 photos, 1 illus., 2 maps, 2 tables


  • Map 1. Japanese Empire with discussed camps and capitals.
  • Map 2. Transporting POWs across vast expanses.
  • Introduction: A History Both Familiar and Strange
  • 1. From Avatar of Modernization to Outlaw Nation
  • 2. Singapore: A World Gone Topsy-Turvy
  • 3. The Philippines: Commonwealth of Hell
  • 4. A War of Words
  • 5. Korea: Life and Death in a Model Camp
  • 6. Captivity on the Home Front
  • 7. Endings and Beginnings
  • 8. Undue Process
  • 9. Prisoners of History: Renegotiating the Geneva Conventions in the Wake of War
  • Conclusion: Never Again, and Again
  • Notes
  • Archival Sources
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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