Category Archives: Reviews

Review of Colonialism in Global Perspective by Kris Manjapra

Colonialism in Global Perspective. Kris Manjapra. Cambridge University Press, 2020. ISBN-13: 9781108441360. Reviewed by Joseph Snyder, Southeast Missouri State University Edited by Julie Tanaka © 2022 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 23, Spring 2022. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Between Fitness and Death: Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean by Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy

Between Fitness and Death: Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean. Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy. University of Illinois Press, 2020. ISBN-13: 9780252085062. Reviewed by Zach Sell, Drexel University (now Brown University) Edited by Julie Tanaka © 2022 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 23, Spring 2022. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Imperial Peripheries in the Neo-Assyrian Period edited by Craig W. Tyson and Virginia R. Hermann

Imperial Peripheries in the Neo-Assyrian Period. Edited by Craig W. Tyson and Virginia R. Hermann. University Press of Colorado, 2019. ISBN: 9781607328223. Reviewed by Alexander Johannes Edmonds, University of Tübingen Edited by Julie Tanaka and Sarah Pesola © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access

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Review of Lisbon: A Biography by Magda Pinheiro

Lisbon: A Biography. Magda Pinheiro. Translated by Mario Pereira. Dartmouth, MA: Tagus Press, 2019. ISBN: 9781933227757. Reviewed by Ernst Pijning, Minot State University Edited by Julie Tanaka © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Seeds of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea by David Fedman

Seeds of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea. David Fedman. University of Washington Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780295747453. Reviewed by Steven Ivings, Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University Edited by Birgit Schneider © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Soldiers, Saints, and Shamans: Indigenous Communities and the Revolutionary State in Mexico’s Gran Nayar, 1910-1940 by Nathaniel Morris

Soldiers, Saints, and Shamans: Indigenous Communities and the Revolutionary State in Mexico’s Gran Nayar, 1910-1940. Nathanial Morris. University of Arizona Press, 2021. ISBN: 9780816541027. Reviewed by Joshua Simon, Columbia University Edited by Jeanne E. Grant and Sarah Pesola © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational

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Review of The Crown and the Capitalists: The Ethnic Chinese and the Founding of the Thai Nation by Wasana Wongsurawat

The Crown and the Capitalists: The Ethnic Chinese and the Founding of the Thai Nation. Wasana Wongsurawat. University of Washington Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780295746241. Reviewed by Fabrizio Martino, Chulalongkorn University-Bangkok Edited by Birgit Schneider and Sarah Pesola © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access

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Review Essay of Two Holocaust Memoirs

I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir. Esther Safran Foer. Random House, 2020. ISBN: 9780525575986.   Inge’s War: A German Woman’s Story of Family, Secrets, and Survival under Hitler. Svenja O’Donnell. Viking, 2020. ISBN: 9781984880215. Reviewed by Laura J. Hilton, Muskingum University Edited by Jeanne E. Grant and Sarah Pesola © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal

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Review of Gendered Power: Educated Women of the Meiji Empress’ Court by Mamiko C. Suzuki

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Gendered Power: Educated Women of the Meiji Empress’ Court. Mamiko C. Suzuki. University of Michigan Press, 2021. ISBN: 9780807174302. Reviewed by Daniel Barish, Baylor University Edited by Birgit Schneider © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Chow Chop Suey: Food and the Chinese American Journey by Anne Mendelson

Chow Chop Suey: Food and the Chinese American Journey. Anne Mendelson. Columbia University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780231541299. Reviewed by Elizabeth Fuhan Mason, M.A. student, San Francisco State University Edited by Julie Tanaka © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Sweet Land of Liberty: America in the Mind of the French Left, 1848-1871 by Tom Sancton

Sweet Land of Liberty: America in the Mind of the French Left, 1848-1871. Tom Sancton. Louisiana State University Press, 2021. ISBN: 9780807174302. Reviewed by Michael Clinton, Gwynedd Mercy University Edited by Julie Tanaka © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of In a Sea of Empires: Networks and Crossings in the Revolutionary Caribbean by Jeppe Mulich

In a Sea of Empires: Networks and Crossings in the Revolutionary Caribbean. Jeppe Mulich. Cambridge University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9781108489720. Reviewed by Christopher Marshall, University of Wisconsin-Stout Edited by Jeanne E. Grant and Sarah Pesola (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions by Jeffrey D. Sachs

The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions. Jeffrey D. Sachs. Columbia University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780231193740. Reviewed by J. Justin Castro, Arkansas State University Edited by Birgit Schneider © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of The Global Bourgeoisie: The Rise of the Middle Class in the Age of Empire by Christof Dejung, David Motadel, and Jürgen Osterhammel, eds.

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The Global Bourgeoisie: The Rise of the Middle Class in the Age of Empire. Christof Dejung, David Motadel, and Jürgen Osterhammel, eds. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780691195834. Reviewed by Steven Ivings, Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University Edited by Justin Quinn Olmstead and Sarah Pesola © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See

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Review of Asian Place, Filipino Nation: A Global Intellectual History of the Philippine Revolution, 1887-1912 by Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz

Asian Place, Filipino Nation: A Global Intellectual History of the Philippine Revolution, 1887-1912. Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz. Columbia University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780231192156. Reviewed by Tristan Miguel Osteria, University of Santo Tomas Edited by Birgit Schneider © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Russia’s Entangled Embrace: The Tsarist Empire and the Armenians, 1801-1914 by Stephen Badalyan Riegg

Russia’s Entangled Embrace: The Tsarist Empire and the Armenians, 1801-1914. Stephen Badalyan Riegg. Cornell University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9781501750113. Reviewed by Krista Sigler, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College Edited by Birgit Schneider © 2021 The Middle Ground Journal (ISSN: 2155-1103) Number 22, Fall 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Teaching World History Thematically: Essential Questions and Document-Based Lessons to Connect Past and Present by Rosalie Metro

Teaching World History Thematically: Essential Questions and Document-Based Lessons to Connect Past and Present.Rosalie Metro. New York: Teachers College Press, 2020. ISBN 9780807764466. Reviewed by Stephen Jackson, University of Sioux Falls Edited by Birgit Schneider and Sarah Pesola (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of State Formation in the Liberal Era: Capitalisms and claims of Citizenship in Mexico and Peru Edited by Ben Fallaw and David Nugent

State Formation in the Liberal Era: Capitalisms and claims of Citizenship in Mexico and Peru. Edited by Ben Fallaw and David Nugent. University of Arizona Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780816540389. Reviewed by Andrea K. Moerer, Saint Paul Academy and Metropolitan State University Andrea K. Moerer holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota with focus on twentieth-century environmental and

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Review of A Slave Between Empires: A Transimperial History of North Africa by M’Hamed Oualdi

A Slave Between Empires: A Transimperial History of North Africa. M’hamed Oualdi. Columbia University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780231191869. Reviewed by Jennifer M. Morris, Ph.D., Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati, Ohio Edited by Jeanne E. Grant and Sarah Pesola (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of On the Sultan’s Service: Halid Ziya Usakligil’s Memoir of the Ottoman Palace, 1909-1912 by Douglas Scott Brookes

On the Sultan’s Service: Halid Ziya Usakligil’s Memoir of the Ottoman Palace, 1909-1912. Translated and Edited by Douglas Scott Brookes. University of Indiana Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780253045515. Reviewed by James N. Tallon, Lewis University Edited by Julie Tanaka and Sarah Pesola (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational

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Review of People’s Wars in China, Malaya, and Vietnam by Mark Opper

People’s Wars in China, Malaya, and Vietnam. Mark Opper. University of Michigan Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780472131846. Reviewed by David Fitzgerald, University College Cork, Ireland Edited by Julie K. Tanaka and Sarah Pesola (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of In Camps: Vietnamese Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Repatriates by Jana K. Lipman

In Camps: Vietnamese Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Repatriates. Jana K. Lipman. University of California Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780226665788. Reviewed by Peter Gatrell, University of Manchester Edited by Birgit Schneider and Sarah Pesola (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Partitioning Palestine: British Policymaking at the End of Empire by Penny Sinanoglou

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Partitioning Palestine: British Policymaking at the End of Empire. Penny Sinanoglou. University of Chicago Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780226665788. Reviewed by Frank Zator, M.A., University of Chicago Edited by Birgit Schneider (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires and the Conflict that Made the Modern World by Andrew Lambert

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Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires and the Conflict that Made the Modern World. Andrew Lambert. Yale University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780300251487. Reviewed by Francisco M. Ortiz Delgado, Ph.D., Autonomous Metropolitan University, Mexico Edited by Justin Quinn Olmstead and Jeanne Grant (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access

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Review of Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion by Grace H. Hong

Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion. Grace H. Hong. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2019. ISBN 9781469653365. Reviewed by Lei Zhang, Department of American Studies, University of Minnesota Edited by Jeanne Grant (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit

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Review of Learning to Die in London, 1380-1540 by Amy Appleford

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Learning to Die in London, 1380-1540. Amy Appleford. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. ISBN 9780812246698. Reviewed by Katherine Pierpont, Ph.D. candidate, University of Minnesota Edited by Jeanne Grant and Justin Quinn Olmstead (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Pure Invention: How Japan’s Pop Culture Conquered the World by Matt Alt

Pure Invention: How Japan’s Pop Culture Conquered the World. Matt Alt. New York: Crown, 2020. ISBN: 9781984826695. Reviewed by Rustin B. Gates, Bradley University Edited by Jeanne Grant (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Beneath the Backbone of the World: Blackfoot People and the North American Borderlands, 1720-1877 by Ryan Hall

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Beneath the Backbone of the World: Blackfoot People and the North American Borderlands, 1720-1877. Ryan Hall. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020. ISBN: 9781469655154. Reviewed by Jacob Jurss, Adjunct Professor of History, Metropolitan State University and University of St. Thomas Edited by Sarah Pesola and Jeanne Grant (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission

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Review of Peace on our Terms: The Global Battle for Women’s Rights after the First World War by Mona L. Siegel

Peace on our Terms: The Global Battle for Women’s Rights after the First World War. Mona L. Siegel. New York: Columbia University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780231195102. Reviewed by Susan Smith, Maple Grove High School, Maple Grove, Minnesota Ms. Smith is one of the original co-founding members of the MWWHA and teaches World History and AP Government at Maple Grove High school

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Review of Tatar Empire: Kazan’s Muslims and the Making of Imperial Russia by Danielle Ross

Tatar Empire: Kazan’s Muslims and the Making of Imperial Russia. Danielle Ross. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780253045706. Reviewed by Mark A. Soderstrom, Aurora University Edited by Jeanne E. Grant (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Out of Our Minds: What We Think and How We Came to Think It by Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Out of Our Minds: What We Think and How We Came to Think It. Felipe Fernández-Armesto. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780520331075. Reviewed by David C. Fisher, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edited by Birgit Schneider (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Idolatry and the Construction of the Spanish Empire by Mina García Soormally

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Idolatry and the Construction of the Spanish Empire. Mina García Soormally. Colorado: University of Colorado Press, 2019. ISBN: 9781607328001. Reviewed by Lydia A. Perez, Master’s student, University of Central Oklahoma Edited by Birgit Schneider and Justin Quinn Olmstead (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of The Phantom Image: Seeing the Dead in Ancient Rome by Patrick R. Crowley

The Phantom Image: Seeing the Dead in Ancient Rome. Patrick R. Crowley. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780226648293. Reviewed by Joseph M. Snyder, Assistant Professor, Southeast Missouri State University Edited by Julie Tanaka (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town by Barbara Demick

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Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town. Barbara Demick. New York: Penguin Random House, 2020. ISBN: 9780812998764. Reviewed by Annima Bahukhandi, Assistant Professor, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi Edited by Julie Tanaka (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Atlantic Studies: Prospects and Challenges by William Boelhower

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Atlantic Studies: Prospects and Challenges. William Boelhower. University of Louisiana Press, 2019. ISBN: 9780807171639. Reviewed by Len von Morzé, University of Massachusetts Boston Edited by Justin Quinn Olmstead (c) 2021 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 21, Spring 2021. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Historicizing Fear: Ignorance, vilification, and othering by Travis B. Boyce and Winsome M. Chunnu

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Historicizing Fear: Ignorance, Vilification, and Othering. Travis D. Boyce and Winsome M. Chunnu, eds. Louisville: University Press of Colorado, 2019. ISBN: 9781646420018 Reviewed by Jamie Stoops, Lone Star College Edited by Jeanne E. Grant (c) 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 20, Fall 2020. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army by Kate Imy

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Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army. Kate Imy. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2019. ISBN: 9781503610026 Reviewed by Victor Curiel, Idaho State UniversityEdited by Jeanne E. Grant and Sarah Pesola (c) 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 20, Fall 2020. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Review of Diaspora’s Homeland: Modern China in the Age of Global Migration by Shelly Chan

Diaspora’s Homeland: Modern China in the Age of Global Migration. Shelly Chan. Durham: Duke University Press, 2018. ISBN: 9780822370543 Reviewed by Lei Zhang, University of MinnesotaEdited by Birgit Schneider (c) 2020 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 20, Fall 2020. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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