The Making of the Modern Refugee

Paperback | August 16, 2015

byPeter Gatrell

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The Making of the Modern Refugee is a comprehensive history of global population displacement in the twentieth century. It takes a new approach to the subject, exploring its causes, consequences, and meanings. History, the author shows, provides important clues to understanding how the idea ofrefugees as a "problem" embedded itself in the minds of policy-makers and the public, and poses a series of fundamental questions about the nature of enforced migration and how it has shaped society throughout the twentieth century across a broad geographical area - from Europe and the Middle Eastto South Asia, South-East Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. Wars, revolutions, and state formation are invoked as the main causal explanations of displacement, and are considered alongside the emergence of a twentieth-century refugee regime linking governmental practices, professional expertise, andhumanitarian relief efforts.This new study rests upon scholarship from several disciplines and draws extensively upon oral testimony, eye-witness accounts, and film, as well as unpublished source material in the archives of governments, international organisations, and non-governmental organisations. The Making of the ModernRefugee explores the significance that refugees attached to the places they left behind, to their journeys, and to their destinations - in short, how refugees helped to interpret and fashion their own history.

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The Making of the Modern Refugee is a comprehensive history of global population displacement in the twentieth century. It takes a new approach to the subject, exploring its causes, consequences, and meanings. History, the author shows, provides important clues to understanding how the idea ofrefugees as a "problem" embedded itself in ...

Peter Gatrell was educated at the University of Cambridge. In 1976 he joined the University of Manchester where he is currently Professor of Economic History and affiliated to new Humanitarian and Conflict Research Institute. He teaches courses on refugees in modern world history, Russian economic and social history, the cultural hist...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.72 inPublished:August 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface and acknowledgementsList of maps and tablesIntroduction: The Making of the Modern RefugeePart 1: Empires of Refugees1. Crucibles of Population Displacement before and during the Great War2. Nation-states and the Birth of a 'Refugee Problem' in Inter-war EuropePart 2: Mid-Century Maelstrom3. Europe Uprooted: Refugee Crises and 'Durable Solutions' at Mid-Century4. 'Nothing Except Commas': Jews, Palestinians, and the Torment of Displacement5. Midnight's Refugees? Partition and its Aftermath in India and Pakistan6. War and Population Displacement in East Asia, 1937-1950Part 3: Refugees in the Global Cold War and its Aftermath7. 'Villages of Discipline': the Cold War and Refugees in South-East Asia8. 'Long Road': Africa's Refugees, Decolonisation, and 'Development'9. 'Some Kind of Freedom': Refugees, Homecoming, and Refugee Voices in Contemporary HistoryConclusion: Refugees and their HistoryFurther Reading