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Did Empire Matter? Review of Adam McKeown Online Presentation. Tuesday November 8, 2011. 2:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern Standard Time LINK: http://mediasite.cidde.pitt.edu/mediasite/Viewer/? peid=830f75a04b794876b5dfda06a4012802 By Guillermo Pineda
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  • Did Empire Matter? Review of Adam McKeown Online Presentation. Tuesday November 8, 2011. 2:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

    LINK: http://mediasite.cidde.pitt.edu/mediasite/Viewer/?peid=830f75a04b794876b5dfda06a4012802

    By Guillermo Pineda

  • Why this question?

    Because a large literature of colonialism and migration studies in Southeast Asia focused on the British Empire as the main actor during the 18th and 19th Century.

    However, McKeown hasnt seen a BIG role of the Empire toward migration

    trends in Asia and/or in the rest of the globe.

    Why? Less than 10% of Indians or 3% of Chinese were indentured to

    Europeans. (Great Narrative).

    Empire has been hardly a coherent unit in Asia. Specially in regard to India during the 19th and 20th Century.

  • Size matters

  • Migration played a HUGE role reshaping the world

  • Where to start the empire analysis?

    INDIA IN INDIA less than 10% of the migrations were

    indentured. 2/3 were Tamil At least 97% went to the British Empire 10% indentured in European plantations Moved through family and village networks

  • First BIG WOW!

  • One more similarity!!!

  • New Conclusions

    The British Empire did nothing to override larger economic cycles.

    Once a flow is established the market and its processes continued.

    The British Empire was in fact a fragment that had lots of fragmentations (local empowerment) that didnt allowed for them to control the migration flux.

    The Empire DID HAVE strong influence only in the destinations (migration via a laissez faire Asia).

  • One more Conclusion

    MIGRATIONS NETWORKS and the INFORMATION it involved was as fundamental then as it is now.

  • What about other Empires?

    Russian and Japanese were the most interventionists.

    Qing opened Manchuria to frontier colonization.

    U.S.A. excluded Asians from White Settler territories.

    Dutch & French relaxed regulations via the chaos of its un-ruling in the territories.

    EACH EMPIRE MATTER DIFFERENTLY.