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Migration and Diaspora in Modern Asia

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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 ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 7th 2011 by Cambridge University Press
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Colin
I read the author’s history of migration around the Bay of Bengal first; this book is a higher-level look at migration trends across Asia broadly, although the primary focus is the movement of Chinese and Indian populations (internally and internationally).

The book proceeds chronologically, identifying the period from 1850-1930 as the peak of mass migration; the period from the 1930s through the post-World War II era as one of severed migration networks and more conflict-driven displacement; th
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Shelves: history, china, india
I find books of this type to be more interesting in their methodology than in their content material. Take Gibbon for example, I am not much interested in the Roman Empire, but Gibbon's treatment of the history, his judicious judgments, his ingenious methods of organization and his methods for treating so broad a period of time with exhaustive detail kept me reading through to the end (not to mention his always elegant and sometimes pompous language). I read Amrith's book for much the same ...more
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