Global South Asians: Introducing the modern Diaspora

Front Cover
Cambridge University Press, Aug 31, 2006 - History
By the end of the twentieth century some nine million people of South Asian descent had left India, Bangladesh or Pakistan and settled in different parts of the world, forming a diverse and significant modern diaspora. In the early nineteenth century, many left reluctantly to seek economic opportunities which were lacking at home. This is the story of their often painful experiences in the diaspora, how they constructed new social communities overseas and how they maintained connections with the countries and the families they had left behind. It is a story compellingly told by one of the premier historians of modern South Asia, Judith Brown, whose particular knowledge of the diaspora in Britain and South Africa gives her insight as a commentator. This is a book which will have a broad appeal to general readers as well as to students of South Asian and colonial history, migration studies and sociology.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Dwyer R The Swaminarayan movement in Jacobsen K A and
Narayanan V Creating the South Indian Hindu experience in the

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 181 - Cohen (ed.), The Cambridge Survey of World Migration, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1995...

References to this book

About the author (2006)

Judith M. Brown is Beit Professor of Commonwealth History, University of Oxford; and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College. Her recent publications include Gandhi. Prisoner of Hope (1989) and Nehru. A Political Life (2003).