The Unwanted: European Refugees from the First World War through the Cold War

Overview

There have always been homeless people, but only in the twentieth century have refugees become an important part of international politics, seriously affecting relations between states. Since the 1880s, the number of displaced persons has climbed astronomically, with people scattered over vaster distances and for longer periods of time than ever before. Tracing the emergence of this new variety of collective alienation, The Unwanted covers everything from the late nineteenth century to the present, encompassing ...
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Overview

There have always been homeless people, but only in the twentieth century have refugees become an important part of international politics, seriously affecting relations between states. Since the 1880s, the number of displaced persons has climbed astronomically, with people scattered over vaster distances and for longer periods of time than ever before. Tracing the emergence of this new variety of collective alienation, The Unwanted covers everything from the late nineteenth century to the present, encompassing the Armenian refugees, the Jews, the Spanish Civil War émigrés, the Cold War refugees in flight from Soviet states, and much more. Marrus shows not only the astounding dimensions of the subject but also depicts the shocking apathy and antipathy of the international community toward the homeless. He also examines the impact of refugee movements on Great Power diplomacy and considers the evolution of agencies designed to assist refugees, noting outstanding successes and failures.

Author Biography: Michael R. Marrus is Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of five books, including, most recently, The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial 1945-46: A Documentary History.

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Editorial Reviews

Andrei S. Markovits
[W]e should be grateful to Marrus for having provided us with a fine study of a topic that should command the constant attention of all decent human beings in the world.
Demetrios G. Papademetriou
Marrus manages to offer an even-handed, superbly documented, and clearly written analysis of each episode [of European refugee flows], while simultaneously unraveling the web of another story: the evolution of international procedures and institutions that would act as occasional buffers, but more frequently as impartial but concerned middlemen, in refugee-generating crises.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566399555
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Politics History & Social Chan Series
  • Edition description: 2ND ED..
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,255,602
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Foreword
Preface to the New Edition
Preface
Introduction 3
1 Toward a Mass Movement 14
2 The Nansen Era 51
3 In Flight from Fascism 122
4 Under the Heel of Nazism 208
5 The Postwar Era 296
Epilogue: Contemporary Europe 347
Notes 373
Index 401
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