Control or Repression: Contrasting a Prisoner of War Camp and a Work Camp from World War Two

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There are clear signs of control and repression in the architecture and layout of most internment camps, but internment camps were not the only form of institutional accommodation present in the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Comparison of a prisoner of war camp and a forestry work camp, both in Scotland, reveals similarities and differences between the two. The similarities highlight issues of control and authority, while the differences reveal issues of repression and punishment. The comparison also reveals much about official mind-set in the United Kingdom during the Second World War.


Labor Shortage Geneva Convention Exclusion Zone Forestry Work Enemy Combatant 
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I thank Bob Scott, Dave Sneddon, Dave Swan, and Bob Will for the work that they put into the original projects and for the amount of information that they provided for this paper. I would also like to thank the staff of the National Archives at Kew Gardens for their assistance with the documentary research, and to Adrian Myers and Gabriel Moshenska for organizing the World Archaeology Congress session at which the original paper was presented. I would also like to thank Tony Pollard for his encouragement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, University of GlasgowGlasgowScotland, UK

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