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Captives of War: British Prisoners of War in Europe in the Second World War - Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare 51 (Hardback)
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Captives of War: British Prisoners of War in Europe in the Second World War - Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare 51 (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 12/10/2017
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This is a pioneering history of the experience of captivity of British prisoners of war in Europe during the Second World War, focussing on how they coped and came to terms with wartime imprisonment. Clare Makepeace reveals the ways in which POWs psychologically responded to surrender, the camaraderie and individualism that dominated life in the camps, and how, in their imagination, they constantly breached the barbed wire perimeter to be with their loved ones at home. Through the diaries, letters and log books written by seventy-five POWs, along with psychiatric research and reports, she explores the mental strains that tore through POWs' minds and the challenges that they faced upon homecoming. The book tells the story of wartime imprisonment through the love, fears, fantasies, loneliness, frustration and guilt that these men felt, shedding new light on what the experience of captivity meant for these men both during the war and after their liberation.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107145870
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm


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'Clare Makepeace is a rare historian able to combine depth of knowledge with exquisite sensitivity. By delving into the intimate lives of prisoners of war, Makepeace reveals the primacy of domestic ties in the inner lives of these captives, and emphasises the range and complexity of different masculinities. The book is a 'must read', not only for people curious about war and captivity, but also for anyone interested in the history of everyday lives'. Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck, University of London
'This is a profoundly important new history of Second World War captivity. Through the experience of British prisoners of war, Clare Makepeace provides a groundbreaking appraisal of the impact of war upon masculine identity. A tour de force addition to the cultural history of modern warfare'. , Heather Jones, London School of Economics and Political Science
'British Prisoners of War in Europe in the Second World War offers a rare combination of impeccable scholarship coupled with deep humanity for the men who lived through the history. British Prisoners of War in Europe in the Second World War is teeming with vivid stories and compelling voices. Every page adds another level of understanding to what it must have been like to experience captivity. This riveting account will appeal to anyone fascinated by history - but also to any reader interested in how we respond to adversity'. Midge Gillies, author of The Barbed-Wire University (2012)
'By weaving together the diaries and letters of those involved with official sources, and with insights from psychology, sociology and history, Clare Makepeace shows what everyday captivity entailed for the many thousands of British servicemen captured by the Axis powers behind barbed wire. Carefully constructed and well-written, British Prisoners of War in Europe in the Second World War breaks new ground in the understanding of the social and cultural history of British prisoners of war in the Second World War.' Bob Moore, University of Sheffield
'A fascinating, compassionate and evocative exploration of the highs and lows of life in captivity, told directly and contemporaneously by the men experiencing it.' Greg Taylor, Phoenix Magazine
'A pioneering study ... an invaluable reference for historians and family researchers alike.' Mark Simner, Who Do You Think You Are
'... a poignant, at times searing human story ... This pioneering examination is remarkable for the richness of its source material, depth of scholarship, and sensitive analysis.' Kristen Alexander, Twentieth Century British History
'... an extremely interesting read, which I would recommend to all psychologists and others interested in the psychology of war, warfare and survival psychology.' Jamie Hacker Hughes, The Psychologist

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