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Free World?: The Campaign to Save the World's Refugees, 1956-1963 [Hardcover]

Peter Gatrell

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February 14, 2011 1107002400 978-1107002401 1
Free World? is a major contribution to the transnational history of humanitarianism in the postwar world. Peter Gatrell shows how and why the UN, NGOs, governments and individuals embarked on a unique campaign, World Refugee Year (1959-1960), in response to global refugee crises, particularly in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Adopted by nearly one hundred countries, the campaign galvanised public opinion and raised money by enlisting celebrities, using the mass media, and recreating 'refugee camps' in the affluent West. Free World? assesses the causes and consequences of the refugee crises, locates the campaign in the broader geopolitical context of the Cold War and decolonisation and shows how it helped to inspire subsequent campaigns such as Amnesty International and Freedom from Hunger. Ultimately the book asks how those who are in a more privileged position might better reflect on their responsibilities towards refugees in the modern world.

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"... solidly researched book ..."
Michael Barnett, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"Free World? is a fine contribution to the literature about the international response to refugees during the period from 1945 to 1963."
Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"Peter Gatrell has written a fine book which recounts and details a little remembered period of the history of humanitarian assistance to refugees some 50 years ago."
Journal of Refugee Studies

"Peter Gatrell's Free World? is an invaluable addition to the historiography of refugee affairs, and his engaging analysis raises new questions and modes of inquiry that other scholars will be well served to consider. Quite simply, Free World? is now the standard account of World Refugee Year."
Journal of World History"

"... impressive study ..."
International History Review

"This is a commendable book, rich with details showing Gatrell's fine research skills."
American Historical Review

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Free World? is a major contribution to the transnational history of humanitarianism in the postwar world. Peter Gatrell shows how and why the UN, NGOs, governments and individuals embarked on a unique campaign, World Refugee Year (1959-1960), in response to refugee crises in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

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