Neville Wylie

Neville Wylie
University of Stirling · Department of History Heritage and Politics

Doctor of Philosophy

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Full article available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07075332.2020.1810100 The League of Red Cross Societies (LRCS) – known as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) since 1991 – has received little historical attention despite representing the world’s largest volunteer network and being an...
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This paper evaluates the impact of the First World War on the development of international humanitarian law (IHL) regarding the treatment of prisoner of war (POW). In contrast to traditional scholarship, which overlooks the war’s significance on the jus in bello, we argue that in the area of POW law, the changes brought about by the war were signif...
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This paper examines the framework for the treatment of prisoners of war that emerged after 1945. It focuses on one of the key elements of the post-war prisoner of war (POW) regime, the role of neutral bodies - state authorities acting as 'protecting powers' or humanitarian agencies such as the International Committee of the Red Cross - in supervisi...
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An evaluation of the role of Switzerland as a “dual mandate” protecting power for the United Kingdom and Germany during the Second World War In explaining Switzerland’s success as a protecting power after 1939, scholars frequently refer to a number of “comparative advantages” enjoyed by the confederation over its competitors. This paper examines Sw...
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This is the first comprehensive study of British policy towards Switzerland during the Second World War. Switzerland occupied an ambiguous place in British belligerency. While epitomizing the kind of political values Britain claimed to uphold in declaring war against Nazi Germany in 1939, its inexorable drift into the Axis orbit after mid-1940 inev...
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This book examines how the United Kingdom government went about protecting the interests, lives, and well-being of its prisoners of war (POWs) in Nazi Germany between 1939 and 1945. The comparatively good treatment of British prisoners in Germany has largely been explained by historians in terms of rational self-interest, reciprocity, and influence...
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This paper seeks to contribute to a number of debates that have attracted scholarly attention over the last few years. Firstly, by examining the experiences of the Swiss foreign intelligence service, the paper takes issue with what one scholar has dubbed ‘intelligence history snobbery’; a process that has privileged the study of the major powers an...
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This fascinating new collection of essays on Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE) explores the 'non-military' aspects of British special operations in the Second World War. It details how SOE was established in the summer of 1940 to 'set Europe ablaze', as Churchill memorably put it. This was a task it was meant to achieve by detonating pop...
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This article departs from traditional writing on British economic warfare against the Axis during the Second World War by highlighting the efforts made by the British government to evade German ‘counter-blockade’ measures and secure access to European sources of supply. It does so by examining British efforts to obtain Swiss industrial equipment an...
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This paper examines the development of SOE's ‘irregular political activities’. It argues that SOE's approach to political warfare evolved considerably over the course of the war, partly as a response to changes in SOE's leadership, but primarily on account of its failure to carve a niche for itself within British diplomacy in Europe that did not ‘t...
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To include a discussion on the neutrals in a book investigating Europe’s descent into war in September 1939 might seem rather perverse. How can states that tried to stay aloof from the war be held in any way responsible for its outbreak? The choice between peace and war surely lay with the Great Powers, whose statesmen paid precious little attentio...
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During the first years of its existence, Special Operations Executive looked to neutral Europe as an area in which it could deploy its limited resources against German interests with a reasonable chance of success. By early 1942, however, it was clear that neutral Europe had failed to live up to SOE's expectations. Most of SOE's plans had either be...
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Documents Diplomatiques Suisses/Diplomatische Dokuments der Schweiz/Documenti Diplomatici Svizzeri 1848–1945, Vol.13 (1939–1940), edited by Jean‐François Bergier and André Jäggi (with the collaboration of Marc Perrenoud). Berne: Benteli Verlag, 1991. cvii + 1098 pp. 6 annexes. Sw.Fr.150. ISBN 3–7165–0725–3. Documents Diplomatiques Suisses/Diplomati...

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This project aims to advance the concept of resilient humanitarianism through a historical investigation of one humanitarian body, the League of Red Cross Societies, from its inception to the end of the Cold War. Global humanitarian crises abound due to ongoing conflict and natural disasters but nation states, bodies such as the United Nations and humanitarian organisations seem incapable of offering lasting solutions to intractable situations. This project will use rarely accessed archives and an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the evolution of humanitarianism, voluntary action and global civil society during the 20th century. This historical analysis can inform humanitarian policy, debates and practice of the present and future.