A Provisional Bibliography for Refugee History

A list of books and articles I’m reading to get up to speed on the history of refugees, humanitarianism, statelessness, and more. I will add to this list as I come across other works. Please feel free to suggest important ones I missed.

I will also try to write up a digest of the articles I found especially useful and explain why you should read them, too.

Berkeley, Bill. “Stateless People, Violent States.” World Policy Journal 26, no. 1 (April 2009): 3-15, doi: 10.1162/wopj.2009.26.1.3.

Byström, Mikael. “When the State Stepped into the Arena: The Swedish Welfare State, Refugees and Immigrants 1930s-50s.” Journal of Contemporary History 49, no. 3 (July 2014): 599-621, doi: 10.1177/0022009414528259.

Cameron, Matthew. “From ‘Queue Jumpers’ to ‘Absolute Scum of the Earth’: Refugee and Organised Criminal Deviance in Australian Asylum Policy.” Australian Journal of Politics and History 59, no. 2 (June 2013): 241-259, doi: 10.1111/ajph.12014.

Chen, Tina Mai. “Chinese Residents of Burma as Refugees, Evacuees and Returnees: The Shared Racial Logic of Territorialization in the Regulation of Wartime Migration.” Modern Asian Studies 49, no. 2 (March 2015): 469-492, doi: 10.1017/S0026749X14000353.

Cohen, Gerard Daniel. In War’s Wake: Europe’s Displaced Persons in the Postwar Order. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Cohen, G. Daniel. “Between Relief and Politics: Refugee Humanitarianism in Occupied Germany 1945-1946.” Journal of Contemporary History 43, no. 3 (July 2008): 437-449, doi: 10.1177/0022009408091834.

Davies, Sara E. “The Asian Rejection? International Refugee Law in Asia.” Australian Journal of Politics and History 52, no. 4 (December 2006): 562-575, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2006.00433a.x.

Davis, Michael G. “Impetus for Immigration Reform: Asian Refugees and the Cold War.” The Journal of American-East Asian Relations 7, no. 3/4 (1998): 127-156, doi: 10.1163/187656198793646013.

Feferman, Kiril. “A Soviet Humanitarian Action?: Centre, Periphery and the Evacuation of Refugees to the North Caucasus, 1941-1942.” Europe-Asia Studies 61, no. 5 (2009): 813-831, doi: 10.1080/09668130902905024.

Frank, Matthew. “The New Morality—Victor Gollancz, ‘Save Europe Now’ and the German Refugee Crisis, 1945-46.” Twentieth Century British History 17, no. 2 (2006): 230-256, doi: 10.1093/tcbh/hwl007.

Frank, Matthew, and Jessica Reinisch. “Refugees and the Nation-State in Europe, 1919-59.” Journal of Contemporary History 49, no. 3 (July 2014): 477-490, doi: 10.1177/0022009414529318.

Frankl, Michal. “Prejudiced Asylum: Czechoslovak Refugee Policy, 1918-60.” Journal of Contemporary History 49, no. 3 (July 2014): 537-555, doi: 10.1177/0022009414528260.

Gao, Bei. Shanghai Sanctuary: Chinese and Japanese Policy toward European Jewish Refugees during World War II. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Granville, Johanna. “Of Spies, Refugees and Hostile Propaganda: How Austria Dealt with the Hungarian Crisis of 1956.” History 91 (January 2006): 62-90, doi: 10.1111/j.1468-229X.2006.00359.x.

Holian, Anna. “Anticommunism in the Streets: Refugee Politics in Cold War Germany.” Journal of Contemporary History 45, no. 1 (January 2010): 134-161, doi: 10.1177/0022009409348073.

Hsu, Madeline Y. “Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals, Inc. and the Political Uses of Humanitarian Relief, 1952-1962.” Journal of Chinese Overseas 10, no. 2 (2014): 137-164, doi: 10.1163/17932548-12341279.

Janco, Andrew Paul. “‘Unwilling’: The One-Word Revolution in Refugee States, 1940-51.” Contemporary European History 23, no. 3 (August 2014): 429-446, doi: 10.1017/S0960777314000216.

Kerber, Linda K. “The Stateless as the Citizen’s Other: A View from the United States.” American Historical Review 112, no. 1 (February 2007): 1-34, doi: 10.1086/ahr.112.1.1.

Limbach, Eric H. “Provisional State, Reluctant Institutions: West Berlin’s Refugee Service and Refugee Commissions, 1949-1952.” Central European History 47 (December 2014): 822-843, doi: 10.1017/S0008938914001915.

Ludi, Regula. “More and Less Deserving Refugees: Shifting Priorities in Swiss Asylum Policy from the Interwar Era to the Hungarian Refugee Crisis of 1956.” Journal of Contemporary History 49, no. 3 (July 2014): 577-598, doi: 10.1177/0022009414528261.

MacKinnon, Stephen R. Wuhan, 1938: War, Refugees, and the Making of Modern China. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.

Madokoro, Laura. “Surveying Hong Kong in the 1950s: Western Humanitarians and the ‘Problem’ of Chinese Refugees.” Modern Asian Studies 49, no. 2 (March 2015): 493-524, doi: 10.1017/S0026749X14000365.

Manley, Rebeca. “The Perils of Displacement: The Soviet Evacuee between Refugee and Deportee.” Contemporary European History 16, no. 4 (November 2007): 495-509, doi: 10.1017/S0960777307004146.

Mark, Chi-Kwan. “The ‘Problem of People’: British Colonials, Cold War Powers, and the Chinese Refugees in Hong Kong, 1949-62.” Modern Asian Studies 41, no. 6 (November 2007): 1145-1181, doi: 10.1017/S0026749X06002666.

Oyen, Meredith. “‘Thunder without Rain’: ACRI, the Far East Refugee Program, and the U.S. Responses to Hong Kong Refugees.” Journal of Cold War Studies 16, no. 4 (Fall 2014): 189-221, doi: 10.1162/JCWS_a_00520.

Oyen, Meredith. “The Right of Return: Chinese Displaced Persons and the International Refugee Organization, 1947-56.” Modern Asian Studies 49, no. 2 (March 2015): 546-571, doi: 10.1017/S0026749X14000420.

Palmer, David. “The Quest for ‘Wriggle Room’: Australia and the Refugees Convention, 1951-73.” Australian Journal of International Affairs 63, no. 2 (2009): 290-308, doi: 10.1080/10357710902895178.

Peterson, Glen. “The Uneven Development of the International Refugee Regime in Postwar Asia: Evidence from China, Hong Kong, and Indonesia.” Journal of Refugee Studies 25, no. 3 (2012): 326-343, doi: 10.1093/jrs/fes009.

Peterson, Glen. “Sovereignty, International Law, and the Uneven Development of the International Refugee Regime.” Modern Asian Studies 49, no. 2 (March 2015): 439-468, doi: 10.1017/S0026749X14000341.

Peterson, Glen. “To Be or Not to Be a Refugee: The International Politics of the Hong Kong Refugee Crisis, 1949-55.” The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 36, no. 2 (2008): 171-195, doi: 10.1080/03086530802180924.

Poutrus, Patrice G. “Asylum in Postwar Germany: Refugee Admission Policies and Their Practical Implementation in the Federal Republic and the GDR between the Late 1940s and the Mid-1970s.” Journal of Contemporary History 49, no. 1 (January 2014): 115-113, doi: 10.1177/0022009413505667.

Ristaino, Marcia Reynders. Port of Last Resort: The Diaspora Communities of Shanghai. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001.

Robinson, Cabeiri Debergh. “Partition, Its Refugees, and Postcolonial State-Making in South Asia.” India Review 9, no. 1 (2010): 68-86, doi: 10.1080/14736480903546600.

Schoppa, R. Keith. In a Sea of Bitterness: Refugees during the Sino-Japanese War. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.

Stur, Heather Marie. “‘Hiding Behind the Humanitarian Label’: Refugees, Repatriates, and the Rebuilding of America’s Benevolent Image After the Vietnam War.” Diplomatic History 39, no. 2 (2015): 223-244, doi: 10.1093/dh/dht128.

Tavuyanago, Baxter, Tasara Muguti, and James Hlongwana. “Victims of the Rhodesian Immigration Policy: Polish Refugees from the Second World War.” Journal of Southern African Studies 38, no. 4 (2012): 951-965, doi: 10.1080/03057070.2012.739378.

Vámos, Péter. “‘Home Afar’: The Life of Central European Jewish Refugees in Shanghai during World War II.” Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 57, no. 1 (2004): 55-70.

Yang, Dominic Meng-Hsuan. “Humanitarian Assistance and Propaganda War: Repatriation and Relief of the Nationalist Refugees in Hong Kong’s Rennie’s Mill Camp, 1950-1955.” Journal of Chinese Overseas 10, no. 2 (2014): 165-196, doi: 10.1163/17932548-12341280.

Zamindar, Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali. The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia: Refugees, Boundaries, Histories. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.


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