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Concentration Camps: A Very Short Introduction

Dan Stone

March 2019

ISBN: 9780198723387

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Nazi concentration camps are by no means the only examples of these 'extreme institutions'; Dan Stone sets out the fuller story, from the Boer War to Bosnia. He shows how different regimes have used concentration camps at times of crisis to control populations that appeared threatening, and examines their role in consciousness and identity.

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Nazi concentration camps are by no means the only examples of these 'extreme institutions'; Dan Stone sets out the fuller story, from the Boer War to Bosnia. He shows how different regimes have used concentration camps at times of crisis to control populations that appeared threatening, and examines their role in consciousness and identity.

  • Offers a global history of concentration camps, showing the differences and similarities between the various camp systems which have been used in the twentieth century
  • Sets the camps of the Third Reich into a global context, exploring the tradition they evolved from and also explaining what sets Nazi Germany apart from other regimes.
  • Shows how camps have emerged in different places in different times
  • Argues that whilst creators of camp systems did learn from one another to some extent, camps are a largely "organic" development of modern states
  • Explores how camps have been central to modern states' responses to crisis
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over nine million copies sold worldwide
  • Originally published in hardback as Concentration Camps: A Short History

About the Author(s)

Dan Stone, Professor of Modern History, Royal Holloway, University of London

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 seventy scholarly articles. He is currently the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, working on a project on the International Tracing Service.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:What is a concentration camp?
    2:Origins
    3:The Third Reich's world of camps
    4:The gulag
    5:The wide world of camps
    6:"An Auschwitz every three months": society as camp?
    References
    Further reading
    Index