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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Objects of Concern

Canadian Prisoners of War Through the Twentieth Century

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Objects of Concern

Canadian Prisoners of War Through the Twentieth Century

Fifteen thousand Canadians were captured during Canada’s twientieth-century wars. They experienced the bewilderment that accompanied the moment of capture, the humiliation of being completely in the captor’s power, and the sense of stagnating in a backwater while the rest of the world moved forward. Jonathan Vance provides the first comprehensive account of how the Canadian government and non-governmental organizations have dealt with the problems of prisoners of war, examining Canada’s role in the formation of aspects of international law, the growth and activities of national and local philanthropic agencies, and the efforts of ex-prisoners to secure compensation for the long-term effects of captivity.

330 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Nineteenth-Century Precursors

2 “Everybody’s Business”

3 Repatriation and Liberation

4 The Interwar Years

5 The Organizational Framework, 1939-45

6 Relief and Release in the European Theatre

7 A Tougher Nut: Prisoners of the Japanese

8 “The Debris of Past Wars”

Conclusion

Appendix

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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