Both writers and critics of the British World have primarily focused on the white inhabitants within it; the role of non-whites and their impact remains problematic. It is only by studying the reactions to Asian migration, however, that historians can understand why, over time, the concept of empire became less compelling to the settler colonies and why alternative imagined

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This book introduces the reader to emerging research in the broad field of 'imperial migration' and shows how this 'new' migration scholarship had developed our understanding of the British World. This is done through an analysis of some of former colonies of British Empire such as Australia, Canada, India and Zambia. The book focuses on the ideas of Reverend Thomas Malthus of how population movements presaged forces within sectors of a pre-industrial economy. The formation of national and imperial identities along racial lines in the mid-nineteenth century is covered by an analysis of the mid-nineteenth century British censuses. The clergy played a pivotal role in the importation and diffusion of a sense of British identity (and morality) to Australian churchgoers. The resistance and accommodation of Welsh Presbyterianism in Eastern Bengal is investigated through the varieties of engagement with Indian Christians and non-Christians. The book argues that Asian migration and the perceived threat it posed to the settler colonies was an issue which could unite these seemingly incongruent elements of the British World. Child migration has become a very sensitive and politically charged issue, and the book examines one of the lesser studied child migration agencies, the Middlemore Children's Emigration Homes. The book also deals with the cultural cross-currents in the construction of an Anglo-Canadian or 'Britannic' national identity. The white settlers' decisions to stay on after independence was granted to Zambia are instructive as it fills an important gap in our understanding of Africa's colonial legacy.

As a settler-colonial nation in the southern hemisphere, Australia’s geopolitical positioning is consistently questioned. Australia’s relationship with Asia has become especially significant following substantial levels of Asian migration since the Vietnam War, and the increased economic importance to Australia of, successively, Japan, China and, potentially, of Indonesia and India. Sport, among other cultural forms, has been championed as a promising domain of diplomacy (broadly defined as encompassing political, economic, social and cultural exchange in both formal and informal environments). The opportunities for ‘football diplomacy’ are greatly enhanced when a common continental or regional governance structure allows Australia to be defined as an Asian sporting nation and so to host and participate in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Here, as in all sporting events, nations engage in overt competition, but this repositioning of Australia for a sporting purpose is symbolically unifying, and may signify a new mode of integration and collective identification that situates Australia within Asia in the Asian century. This chapter divines lessons from this case study that may apply in informative and useful ways to the wider analytical field of sport and diplomacy.

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Atlantic, has redrawn the map of global migration during the century after 1846. He speculates that Asian migration, mainly out of China and India, accounted for as many millions of migrants as the much better known Atlantic emigrations.18 Accounting international migration is a hazardous and ambitious activity but the rounded numbers have been assayed. Over the century from 1840 to 1945 McKeown calculates that the Americas received about 55–58 million emigrants from Europe (with an extra 2.5 million from India, China, Japan and Africa). Over the same period

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system of slavery’. 22 The direct line from slavery to indenture – from African to Asian migration within and beyond European empires – has dominated scholarship. For decades scholars believed there was a categorical difference between European migration across the Atlantic in the nineteenth century, and migration across the Indian Ocean and the China seas which was more akin to slavery. One recent survey

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Surveying Scottish cinema, 1979 –present

the field as showcasing the potential for interventions in the industrial landscape of Scottish film-making to help develop Scottish film artists and Scottish cinema more generally. The final two case studies deal in more direct ways with some of the transnational flows that have shaped Scottish cinema in 2000s. In the case of Ae Fond Kiss, the least discussed of Ken Loach’s films made in Scotland, questions about the role of policy in ‘importing’ Scottish cinema are discussed alongside the film’s view of South Asian migration to Scotland. In the book’s final case

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Mapping the contours of the British World

influence. This forced the Welsh missions and the home churches to adapt to these complex sets of circumstances which in the end demonstrated that, whatever the doctrinal and cultural accommodations made by the Welsh to Sylheti society, they were only ever to occupy a marginal site within it. In a timely re-examination of the Asian ‘menace’, Rachel Bright argues that Asian migration and

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Immigration, welfare and housing in Britain and France, 1945–1974

, and repression in both Algeria and France severely undermined welfare programmes. In contrast, the French state prioritised the million or so Europeans from Algeria fleeing the colony upon independence, for whom considerable efforts were expended to reserve new social housing. 41 Britain, 1945–62 The British case is marked by the salience of West Indian and South Asia migration

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contemporary issues of Windies decline and increasing South Asian migration to Toronto. This analysis extends the concept of the Black Atlantic beyond an inward-facing focus on shared transnational cultures and racial terror to an outward facing focus on relational boundary making and the real and symbolic violence enacted by blacks. Space invaders The Mavericks have vituperative

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The discourse of unbridled capitalism in post-war Hong Kong

, see Rachel Bright, ‘Asian Migration and the British World’, in Kent Fedorowich and Andrew S. Thompson (eds), Empire, Migration and Identity in the British World (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013), pp. 128–49. 42 Edward Szczepanik, The Economic Growth of Hong Kong (Westport

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