In War's Wake: Europe's Displaced Persons in the Postwar Order

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Oxford University Press, 01.10.2012 - 248 Seiten
After WWII, Europe was awash in refugees. Never in modern times had so many been so destitute and displaced. No longer subjects of a single nation-state, this motley group of enemies and victims consisted of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, ex-Soviet POWs, ex-forced laborers in the Third Reich, legions of people who fled the advancing Red Army, and many thousands uprooted by the sheer violence of the war. This book argues that postwar international relief operations went beyond their stated goal of civilian "rehabilitation" and contributed to the rise of a new internationalism, setting the terms on which future displaced persons would be treated by nations and NGOs.
 

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Inhalt

The Last Million
3
Displaced Persons and the Making of the ColdWar West
13
From Victors Justice to AntiCommunism
35
The New Face of International Humanitarianism
58
4 Displaced Persons in the Human Rights Revolution
79
5 Surplus Manpower Surplus Population
100
Humanitarianism Philosemitism and the Advent of Jewish Statehood
126
The Golden Age of European Refugees 194560
150
Notes
165
Select Bibliography
207
Index
225
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Gerard Daniel Cohen is Associate Professor of History, Rice University

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