One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps

Little, Brown. Sept. 2017. 480p. notes. ISBN 9780316303590. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780316303583. HIST
Pitzer (The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov) seeks to build a unified picture of concentration camps as a tool of government in the modern age, beginning with the Spanish colonization of Cuba and ending with the United States at Guantanamo Bay. Along the way, the author discusses British involvement in South Africa during the Second Boer War, the rise of the Nazi Party before World War II, Soviet Gulags in the era of Joseph Stalin, and Communist China, along with other entities such as the German army's destruction of Herero tribes in Namibia as well as the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia under the leadership of Pol Pot. Pitzer's effort to develop a unified theory of the camps is not entirely convincing as she fails to differentiate among the ideologies involved in mass internment; not all camps are alike.
VERDICT Despite this drawback, this work is recommended for general collections.
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