Empire through Diasporic Eyes: A View from the Other Boat

  title={Empire through Diasporic Eyes: A View from the Other Boat},
  author={Engseng Ho},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={210 - 246}
  • Engseng Ho
  • Published 1 April 2004
  • Political Science
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
In 1982, Eric Wolf published Europe and the People Without History to identify and begin rectifying large gaps in anthropological knowledge. That project remains unfinished. In the past year,This essay was substantially completed in September 2002. Revisions in preparation for publication a year later were kept to a minimum, in order to preserve for the reader a sense of temporal location and orientation. since September 11, 2001, the necessity of filling in some of these gaps has become urgent… 

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