Ottoman Refugees, 1878-1939: Migration in a Post-Imperial World by Isa BlumiOttoman Refugees, 1878-1939: Migration in a Post-Imperial World by Isa Blumi

Ottoman Refugees, 1878-1939: Migration in a Post-Imperial World

byIsa Blumi

Paperback | March 26, 2015

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In the first half of the 20th century, throughout the Balkans and Middle East, a familiar story of destroyed communities forced to flee war or economic crisis unfolded. Often, these refugees of the Ottoman Empire - Christians, Muslims and Jews - found their way to new continents, forming an Ottoman diaspora that had a remarkable ability to reconstitute, and even expand, the ethnic, religious, and ideological diversity of their homelands. Ottoman Refugees, 1878-1939 offers a unique study of a transitional period in world history experienced through these refugees living in the Middle East, the Americas, South-East Asia, East Africa and Europe. Isa Blumi explores the tensions emerging between those trying to preserve a world almost entirely destroyed by both the nation-state and global capitalism and the agents of the so-called Modern era.
Isa Blumi is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Area Studies, Leipzig University, Germany and Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University, USA.
Title:Ottoman Refugees, 1878-1939: Migration in a Post-Imperial WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.18 × 6.15 × 0.68 inPublished:March 26, 2015Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Prelude to Disaster: Finance Capitalism and the Political Economy of Imperial Collapse 2 Resettlement Regimes and Empire: The Politics of Caring for Ottoman Refugees 3 Traveling the Contours of an Ottoman Proximate World 4 Transitional Migrants: The Global Ottoman Refugee and Colonial Terror 5 Missionaries at the Imperial Ideological Edge Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

Blumi (Georgia State Univ., Reinstating the Ottomans, 2011) has written a very sophisticated analysis of refugees during the late- and post-Ottoman periods that shows the complexities of refugee identity within the empire. In doing so, he recognizes the role played by the linguistic, religious, and ethnic diversity of these people, which at times finds the various interests and identities of refugees pitted against each other. Throughout the work, Blumi highlights the trauma of the Ottoman refugee studies, it gives the readers a larger perspective of the refugee experience, not one limited geographically or otherwise. Blumi, whose vast linguistic abilities allow him to reach across the empire from Albania to Yemen, adds a much-needed theoretical foundation to the study of Ottoman refugees. He shows how refugees in their struggle to survive were forced to contend with the interests of global capitalism in both the nation-states arising from the Ottoman Empire and elsewhere, especially Latin America. Valuable for students of Ottoman history as well as most general refugee studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended.