Minorities in the Middle: A Cross-Cultural Analysis
Throughout the world, certain ethnic groups have made a living through trade and have found a place for themselves in their societies middle strata. At times, these middlemen minorities have aroused the envy of their neighbors and been subjected to a variety of persecutions. In this book, Walter P. Zenner examines explanations for this phenomenon and analyzes such groups as the Jews, the Chinese, the Scots, and the South Asians abroad.
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