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

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Political Science - 505 pages
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This book is a pioneer study of the history of global refugee movements over the last century, ranging from east European Jews fleeing Tsarist oppression at the turn of the century to asylum seekers from the former Zaire and Yugoslavia as we approach the millennium. Recognising that the problem of refugees is a universal one for which we are all responsible, this book emphasises the human element which ultimately should be at the forefront of both the study of refugees and responses to them. The importance of the individual, argue Kushner and Knox, must be paramount.
 

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

Refugees Place and Memory
1
International change and the refugee crisis
8
From the Late
19
Refugees and local society
31
Refugees and the First World War
43
The local impact of Belgian refugees
54
The Absence of Asylum 19191932
64
Postwar antialienism
73
Assistance to Wartime Heroes
217
Local and national responses to the Poles
234
Responses to the Hungarian refugees
248
The Colonial Connection
265
Life in Britain
281
Settlement in Britain
297
Settlement in Britain
313
Conclusion
330

The establishment of Atlantic Park Hostel in the context of international politics
81
Atlantic Park and British Jewish politics
88
Refugees from the Spanish Civil War
103
Responses to the refugees
119
The Anschluss and Austrian Jewry
133
The Refugee Childrens Movement
154
Place and identity
168
The end of mass rescue
181
The final stages of the Holocaust
201
Responding to the Kurdish refugees at a local level
347
British responses to the crisis
360
The Context of Colour
375
The future of asylum
390
Asylum Refugees and Home
397
Home
411
Bibliography
483
Index
499
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About the author (1999)

Tony Kushner is Marcus Sieff Reader in the Department of History and Director of the Parkes Centre, University of Southampton.

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