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Refugees in an Age of Genocide: Global, National and Local Perspectives during the Twentieth Century

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ISBN-13: 978-0714643410
ISBN-10: 0714643416
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Despite its title, this book focuses on British policy toward refugees in the 20th century. The authors establish unequivocally that asylum for the persecuted is a "privilege granted by the state and not an automatic right" and is constrained by limited resources. Often, the "privilege" seems an outcome of political circumstance, economic calculation, and overt racism. Since all major refugee groups are included, the book permits comparison between British treatment of anti-Communist Poles and Hungarians in the 1950s, for example, and European Jews and Ugandan Asians. Less successful are the efforts to explain the interplay of "global, national, and local" factors in the overall refugee situation. However, the authors' account of the work of grass-roots organizations on behalf of refugees in the county of Hampshire, an important settlement area, is an example of fine scholarship and distinguished altruism. Although this book is most suitable for larger academic libraries, it is useful for any library with good collections in European history and Holocaust studies.AZachary T. Irwin, Pennsylvania State Univ., Erie
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'The authors of this book aim to redress the dearth of academic studies on refugees and in doing so accomplish the monumental task of providing a history of global refugee movements in the 20th century ... its helpful observations about the neglected humanity of refugees are important for our multi-cultural society.'
- Jewish Chronicle

'Both in scope and in depth, this book is the result of tireless research, with official documents supplemented by more colourful and often fascinating entries from a number of individuals who came into contact with the refugees ... this is a work of considerable value as a resource for reference purposes and deserves a wide circulation.' - The Tablet

'An example of fine scholarship and distinguished altruism.' - Library Journal

'[A] monumental study of twentieth-century global refugee movements. The scope of this book is as staggering as the events it describes ... although Refugees in An Age of Genocide is written for an academic audience, it deserves a much wider readership. It is written with style and passion and its subject - the responsibility that we all owe to the displaced peoples of our planet - could not be more central to our hopes and fears for the new millennium.' - New Internationalist

'Refugees in an Age of Genocide is the first history of refugees in Britain and makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of Britain's policy towards refugees and asylum seekers over the past century.' - Peace News

'A superb history of refugees in Britain, compiled largely from local historical sources.' - London Review of Books

'The comprehensive scope and focused detail of Refugees in an Age of Genocide presents a compelling case for dedicated political activism on each of the levels noted in the book's subtitle - global, national and local ... a valuable reference work on the social, psychological and political history of displacement in the 20th century, a handbook about real people and problems that affect all of us and for which we all must take responsibility.' - Times Higher Education Supplement

'The beauty of Kushner and Knox's research is the way this grim overview is countered by detailed, irrefutable evidence of the welcome given to refugees on the ground ... it's a tribute to ordinary people - and a rebuke to the populist governments that claim to speak in the people's name.' - Red Pepper

'It will become a standard work on the study of newcomers to Britain, the nation-state that is its focal point ... the amount of work put into this volume inspires complete confidence in its conclusions ... [a] brilliant and moving book.' - Patterns of Prejudice

Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (July 2, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714643416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714643410
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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