In the period stretching from the Crimean War to Stalin's death
(1853-1953) about thirty million Europeans were victims of forced migration.
Entire populations were expelled, deported, and settled elsewhere, or else compelled
to emigrate. Mass displacement was particularly widespread in areas of Central
Europe that were divided up, until the First World War, among the Tsarist, German,
Hapsburg, and Ottoman Empires, and was concentrated in the first half of the
20th century, intensifying during the Balkan Wars and reaching its apex under
the great Soviet and Nazi totalitarian regimes. Featuring a wide-ranging perspective
extending from Asian Russia to Istrian refugees, this book is the first attempt
to address comprehensively set of a dramatic experiences that, with their close
ties to ethnic cleansing and extermination projects, have distinguished the
difficult and often bloody evolution of Europe and its borders throughout the
Antonio Ferrara works at the University of Naples.
Niccol Pianciola teaches at the Lingnan University in Hong Kong.