The Internment of Civilian 'Enemy Aliens' in the British Empire

Stefan Manz, Panikos Panayi

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Investigating civilian internment in the British Empire feeds into a number of new
perspectives in First World War studies. The overarching connector of these new
perspectives is a recalibration away from the traditional focus on Western battle
fronts and military combatants. They stress the truly global repercussions of the
conflict which led to significant social, cultural, political and economic transformations in virtually all world regions.1 The wider focus has also been applied to the political units entering into conflict. These did not necessarily consist of nation-states, but of empires. In August 1914, it was not ‘Britain’ declaring war. Rather, it was the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the associated
Dominions and Colonies of the British Empire.2
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternment during the First World War
Subtitle of host publication A Mass Global Phenomenon
EditorsStefan Manz , Panikos Panayi, Matthew Stibbe
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781315225913
ISBN (Print)9780415787444
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • civilian internment
  • World War 1
  • enemy aliens
  • British Empire


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