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Out of Line, Out of Place

Out of Line, Out of Place

A Global and Local History of World War I Internments

Edited by Rotem Kowner and Iris Rachamimov

Published by: Cornell University Press

336 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm, 24 b&w halftones, 2 maps

  • ISBN: 9781501765902
  • Published: September 2022


With expert scholars and great sensitivity, Out of Line, Out of Place provides illumination and analysis on how the proliferation of internment camps emerged as a biopolitical tool of governance. Although the internment camp developed as a technology of containment, control, and punishment in the latter part of the nineteenth century mainly in colonial settings, it truly became universal and global during the Great War.

Mass internment has long been recognized as a defining experience of World War II but was a fundamental experience of World War I as well. Over eight million soldiers became POWs, more than a million civilians became internees, and several millions more were displaced from their homes, with many placed in securitized refugee camps. For the first time, Out of Line, Out of Place brings these different camps in conversation together. Rotem Kowner and Iris Rachamimov emphasize that although there were differences among camps and varied logic of internment in individual countries, there were also striking similarities in how camps operated during the Great War.