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The Stigma of Surrender – German Prisoners, British Captors, and Manhood in the Great War and Beyond - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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The Stigma of Surrender: German Prisoners, British Captors, and Manhood in the Great War and Beyond

Brian K. Feltman

Abstract

Approximately nine million soldiers fell into enemy hands from 1914 to 1918, but historians have only recently begun to recognize the prisoner of war's significance to the history of the Great War. Examining the experiences of the approximately 130,000 German prisoners held in the UK during World War I, this book brings wartime captivity back into focus. Many German soldiers of the Great War defined themselves and their manhood through their defense of the homeland. They often looked down on captured soldiers as potential deserters or cowards—and when they themselves fell into enemy hands, the ... More

Keywords: surrender, German soldiers, military prisoners, World War I, enemy, Adolf Hitler, Nazism, manhood, captivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469619934
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469619934.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian K. Feltman, author