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From Slaves to Prisoners of War

Format: Academic Monograph
Media: Hardback
PublisherCode: 9780198785415
Publisher: OUP Oxford

This volume addresses the history of international law in the Middle East, using the case of captivity. It examines the origins of the concept of the prisoner of war in the Ottoman Empire, arguing that it had its origins in a series of conflicts with the Russian Empire. Both empires had a long history of slavery, but in the course of the eighteenth century they worked out a new regional international law that transformed captivity, among other things creating a category of prisoners of war. The book tells the story of an alternate path to the rules of modern international law, taking place in the Middle East and Eurasia rather than in Europe. It aims to reshape our understanding of international law, as well as of the history of slavery and the history of the Ottoman Empire and Middle East.

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