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In War's Wake: Europe's Displaced Persons in the Postwar Order (Oxford Studies in International History)
The end of the Second World War in Europe gave way to a gigantic refugee crisis. Thoroughly prepared by Allied military planners, the swift repatriation of millions of former forced laborers, concentration camp inmates and prisoners of war nearly brought this dramatic episode top a close. Yet in September 1945, the number of displaced persons placed under the guardianship ...more
Hardcover, 237 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published October 3rd 2011)
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A good volume on the treatment of refugees after World War Two. Discusses how international politics--particularly the role of international organizations and the Cold War--affected refugee policy in western Europe and in the United States. Attention is paid to domestic politics (US quotas for example) and their impact on refugee resettlement. Offers cogent analysis of how the issue of DP's helped define the modern refugee by moving away from the minority-rights/protected minority model to one o ...more
Gerard Cohen's book clings fiercely to its thesis, that the experience of dealing with "Displaced Persons" was a seminal event in Modern European and World History. He shows clearly how the politics of resettling these peoples was wrapped up in the onset of the Cold War, and in some cases, exacerbated the conflict. He charts the birth of "human rights," and in my favorite section, shows how the concept was wrapped in a European cultural and political context. The vocabulary was universal, but th ...more
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