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Migration and Diaspora in Modern Asia


Part of New Approaches to Asian History

  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521727020

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  • Migration is at the heart of Asian history. For centuries migrants have tracked the routes and seas of their ancestors - merchants, pilgrims, soldiers and sailors - along the Silk Road and across the Indian Ocean and the China Sea. Over the last 150 years, however, migration within Asia and beyond has been greater than at any other time in history. Sunil S. Amrith's engaging and deeply informative book crosses a vast terrain, from the Middle East to India and China, tracing the history of modern migration. Animated by the voices of Asian migrants, it tells the stories of those forced to flee from war and revolution, and those who left their homes and their families in search of a better life. These stories of Asian diasporas can be joyful or poignant, but they all speak of an engagement with new landscapes and new peoples.

    • An alternative history of modern Asia seen through the story of modern migration
    • Anecdotal, accessible and comprehensive in approach, this is the first time migration has been written about in the all-Asian context
    • A book for students in history, migration studies, Asian studies and world history
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    'Migration and Diaspora in Modern Asia is an accessible introduction to a broader field that often posits colonialism as the primary cause of disruption and immobility for Asians in the past … Amrith shows all too effectively how the rise of the modern nation state has hardly resolved, or even stabilized, the status of many of Asia's sojourners. In many cases it has exacerbated their suffering.' Reviews in History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521727020
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 5 maps 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Asia's great migrations, 1850–1930
    2. The making of Asian diasporas, 1850–1930
    3. War, revolution, and refugees, 1930–1950
    4. Migration, development, and the Asian city, 1950–1970
    5. Asian migrants in the age of globalization, 1970–2010.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Historical Methods
    • Introduction to Asian Studies
  • Author

    Sunil S. Amrith, Birkbeck College, University of London
    Sunil S. Amrith is Senior Lecturer in History at Birkbeck College, University of London. Dr Amrith is the author of Decolonizing International Health: India and Southeast Asia, 1930–65 (2006), and his articles have been published in numerous journals, such as The American Historical Review and Past and Present.

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