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‘Unsettled: Refugee Camps in Britain’


Fri, April 19, 2013 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

In the decades after the Second World War, the British created resettlement camps for Poles and Hungarians in the 1950s, Ugandan Asians in the 1970s, and Vietnamese refugees in the 1980s.  A study of these camps reveals the instability of the welfare state, the imperial inheritances from an earlier era, the unpredictable problems of the Cold War, and the ambivalent attitude of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.  
            Jordanna Bailkin is Professor of European History at the University of Washington.  She is the author of The Culture of Property (2004), and The Afterlife of Empire (2012) as well as articles on topics ranging from crime and tattooing in British India to the deportation of Irish and West Indian citizens from postwar Britain.

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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