Manchester Calling

The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

HCRI Professor of History Peter Gatrell has written a new book: The Making of the Modern Refugee is a comprehensive history of global population displacement in the twentieth century, which examines how the idea of refugees as a ‘problem’ embedded itself in the minds of policy-makers and the public.

The book poses a series of fundamental questions about the nature of enforced migration and how it has shaped society throughout the twentieth century across a broad geographical area – from Europe and the Middle East to South Asia, South-East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Drawing on scholarship from several disciplines and a variety of sources such as oral testimony, eye-witness accounts, film and unpublished archival material, The Making of the Modern Refugee explores how refugees helped to interpret their own circumstances and fashion their own history.

If you would like to purchase The Making of the Modern Refugee, or would like more information, please see the publisher’s website. More information about Professor Gatrell’s research is available on his academic profile.