Refugees in Europe, 1919-1959 : a forty years' crisis?

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Editor: Frank, Matthew James, 1973-
Reinisch, Jessica
Language: English
Summary: "Refugees in Europe, 1919-1959 offers a new history of Europe's mid-20th century as seen through its recurrent refugee crises. By bringing together in one volume recent research on a range of different contexts of groups of refugees and refugee policy, it sheds light on the common assumptions that underpinned the history of refugees throughout the period under review. The essays foreground the period between the end of the First World War, which inaugurated a series of new international structures to deal with displaced populations, and the late 1950s, when Europe's home-grown refugee problems had supposedly been 'solved' and attention shifted from the identification of an exclusively European refugee problem to a global one. Borrowing from E.H. Carr's The Twenty Years' Crisis, first published in 1939, the editors of the volume test the idea that the two post-war eras could be represented as a single crisis of a European-dominated international order of nation states in the face of successive refugee crises which were both the direct consequence of that system and a challenge to it. Each of the chapters reflects on the utility and limitations of this notion of a 'forty years' crisis' for understanding the development of specific national and international responses to refugees in the mid-20th century. Contributors to the volume also provide alternative readings of the history of an international refugee regime, in which the non-European and colonial world are assigned a central role in the narrative."--
Physical Description: ix, 257 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-247) and index.
ISBN: 9781472585622
Published: London : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017.
Table of Contents:
  • 'The story stays the same'? Refugees in Europe from the 'Forty years' crisis' to the present / Jessica Reinisch and Matthew Frank
  • Refugees : the timeless problem / Zara Steiner
  • The Forty years' crisis : making the connections / Peter Gatrell
  • Writing refugee history-or not / Tony Kushner
  • The imperial refugee : refugees and refugee-creation in the Ottoman empire and Europe / Jan Manasek
  • The Forty years' crisis : the Jewish dimension / Mark Levene
  • The League of Nations, refugees and individual rights / Barbara Metzger
  • The myth of 'vacant places' : refugees and group resettlement / Matthew Frank
  • Old wine in new bottles? UNRRA and the mid-century world of refugees / Jessica Reinisch
  • The United States and the Forty years' crisis / Carl J. Bon Tempo
  • The empire returns : 'repatriates' and 'refugees' from French Algeria / Claire Eldridge
  • Colonialism, sovereignty and the history of the international refugee regime / Glen Peterson.