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An illegal history of journeys to Australia

Ruth Balint Julie Kalman



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New South Books
01 May 2021
'Louis was an agent of conspiracy, a people trafficker , helping the captive and the helpless negotiate a precarious avenue to freedom. He was, I believe, genuinely on our side and, to this day, remains a hero for me.' - Les Murray, sports commentator and 'Soccer King'

People smugglers are the pariahs of the modern world. There is no other trade so demonised and, yet at the same time, so useful to contemporary Australian politics. But beyond the rhetoric lies a rich history that reaches beyond the maritime borders of our island continent and has a longer lineage than the recent refugee movements of the twenty-first century. Smuggled recounts the journeys to Australia of refugees and their smugglers since the Second World War - from Jews escaping the Holocaust, Eastern Europeans slipping through the Iron Curtain, 'boat people' fleeing the Vietnam War to refugees escaping unthinkable violence in the Middle East and Africa.

Based on original research and revealing personal interviews, Smuggled marks the first attempt to detach the term 'people smuggler' from its pejorative connotations, and provides a compelling insight into a defining yet unexplored part of Australia's history.

'a timely corrective to the simplistic portrayal of people smugglers as evil scum.' - Peter Mares, The Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership 'Smuggled is a pioneering work in Australian immigration history.' - Professor Joy Damousi, Australian Catholic University 'A new, important way to tell our migration history, and a fascinating read.' - Andrew and Renata Kaldor, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW
By:   Ruth Balint, Julie Kalman
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781742236896
ISBN 10:   1742236898
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 May 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ruth Balint is Associate Professor of History at the University of New South Wales. She teaches and writes about forced migration and refugees in the twentieth century. Ruth has a keen interest in Australian migration history and holds an ARC Discovery grant with Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick from the University of Sydney and Dr Jayne Persian at the University of Southern Queensland, on the subject of Russian and Russian-speaking Jewish Displaced Persons arriving in Australia via the 'China' Route in the Wake of the Second World War. Ruth's forthcoming book Destination Elsewhere: Displaced Persons and their Quest to Leave Postwar Europe is to be released this year with Cornell University Press. It explores the encounters of refugees with the international aid agencies, western migration agents and Allied forces on European soil during the war's aftermath, and the struggle to redefine refugees as immigrants to the West. Ruth has also written extensively on the histories of families broken apart by the immigration policies of western nations. Ruth's background as a filmmaker has also led her to become increasingly interested in the importance of making Australian history accessible in creative ways. In 2019, her radio documentary 'Cooking for Assimilation' aired on Radio National's Hindsight program. It focused on the migration of Ruth's grandmother as a Jewish refugee to Australia, and more broadly, about the expectations and challenges women migrants faced in postwar Australia.

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