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In war's wake : Europe's displaced persons in the postwar order / Gerard Daniel Cohen.

By: Cohen, Gerard Daniel.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Oxford studies in international history: Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011Description: 237 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780195399684 (alk. paper); 0195399684 (alk. paper).Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees -- Europe | World War, 1939-1945 -- Civilian relief -- Europe | United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration | Refugees -- Europe -- History -- 20th century | Refugees -- Government policy -- Europe -- History -- 20th century | Jewish refugees -- Europe -- History -- 20th century | Jews -- Europe -- Migrations -- History -- 20th century | Humanitarianism -- History -- 20th century | Europe -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 940.53086/914094 Other classification: 8
Contents:
Introduction : the last million -- The battle of the refugee : DPs and the making of the Cold War West -- Who is a refugee? : from victors' justice to anticommunism -- Care and maintenance : the new face of international humanitarianism -- Displaced persons in the human rights revolution -- Surplus manpower, surplus population -- Extraterritorial Jews : refugee humanitarianism and the advent of Jewish statehood -- Epilogue : the golden age of European refugees, 1945-1960.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction : the last million -- The battle of the refugee : DPs and the making of the Cold War West -- Who is a refugee? : from victors' justice to anticommunism -- Care and maintenance : the new face of international humanitarianism -- Displaced persons in the human rights revolution -- Surplus manpower, surplus population -- Extraterritorial Jews : refugee humanitarianism and the advent of Jewish statehood -- Epilogue : the golden age of European refugees, 1945-1960.

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Cohen (Rice Univ.) has written an insightful study of the European refugee problem created by WW II and then nurtured by the Cold War. Displaced persons (DPs) include Holocaust survivors, resettled postwar ethnic groups, and anticommunist refugees. The displaced persons camp system itself stretched from northern Germany to Sicily. Cohen's goal is to explicate the key features of the postwar period by analyzing the intricacies of the international interventions into the issues created by DPs and political refugees. He utilizes the rich archives of the International Refugee Organization as well as collections of subsequent international bodies. Refugee issues were really human rights concerns that launched and kept alive the Cold War. The East (Soviet-controlled nations) wanted a world featuring state supremacy; the West sought one focused on individuals as persons. Cohen also touches on issues surrounding the topics of victimization, the activities of collaborationist civil servants, and war criminals, as well as those who engaged in political oppression, as he explores the world of Great Power relations. He concludes by suggesting that the postwar experiences can resonate with current refugee issues. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. J. Dietrich Boston College

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<br> Gerard Daniel Cohen is Associate Professor of History, Rice University.<br>

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