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Chinese Money in Global Context: Historic Junctures between 600 bce and 2012 by Niv Horesh (review)

Chinese Money in Global Context: Historic Junctures between 600 bce and 2012 by Niv Horesh (review) journal of world history, december 2014 Language--said to be at the core of cultural identity--can be a prison. While empire-bashing is easier than analysis of specific actors, I would have liked more references to the imperial backgrounds: the IndiaPakistan division divided a "British India," the Eastern Mediterranean (not "Middle East") displacements at the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of the state of Israel were influenced by French and British interests, the Vietnamese struggle by France and the United States, the Ruanda massacres by France. Gatrell has an extraordinary command of governmental and other institutions' sources, is meticulous in regard to numbers, and is familiar with refugees' life writings or responses in interviews across the world. He sensitively notes that even "silence can nourish a story and establish a communication" that will come to light "in a new and enriched form" (p. 295). Gatrell does not propose a political agenda, although those in "the refugee business" would find many challenges to reflect on their programs. He does suggest--with the caveat "dare one say?"-- "to build cosmopolitan coalitions between refugees and non-refugees, promoting political debate, transparent justice, economic growth and social equality" (p. 13). dirk hoerder Salzburg http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Chinese Money in Global Context: Historic Junctures between 600 bce and 2012 by Niv Horesh (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 25 (4) – Oct 5, 2015

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journal of world history, december 2014 Language--said to be at the core of cultural identity--can be a prison. While empire-bashing is easier than analysis of specific actors, I would have liked more references to the imperial backgrounds: the IndiaPakistan division divided a "British India," the Eastern Mediterranean (not "Middle East") displacements at the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of the state of Israel were influenced by French and British interests, the Vietnamese struggle by France and the United States, the Ruanda massacres by France. Gatrell has an extraordinary command of governmental and other institutions' sources, is meticulous in regard to numbers, and is familiar with refugees' life writings or responses in interviews across the world. He sensitively notes that even "silence can nourish a story and establish a communication" that will come to light "in a new and enriched form" (p. 295). Gatrell does not propose a political agenda, although those in "the refugee business" would find many challenges to reflect on their programs. He does suggest--with the caveat "dare one say?"-- "to build cosmopolitan coalitions between refugees and non-refugees, promoting political debate, transparent justice, economic growth and social equality" (p. 13). dirk hoerder Salzburg

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 5, 2015

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