Migration in History

Migration in History

Human Migration in Comparative Perspective

Edited by Marc S. Rodriguez, Anthony T. Grafton


University of Rochester Press



A study of migration habits as a global phenomenon.
Migration in History explores the nature and complexity of the movement of peoples, cultures, and ideas in historical context. This engaging volume presents essays from a variety of scholars to expand our understanding of the longstanding process and history of migration as an established global phenomenon. The articles examine population movements and their demographic, social, political, legal, and cultural causes and consequences in Medieval and Modern Europe, South Asia, Israel, and China.

Topics addressed include voluntary and forced movements of people within and between regions and nations; movement towards urban centers or dispersal into surrounding countryside; transfers of cultural objects, practices, and technologies; experiences of resocialization and the transfer, reconstruction, and creation of memories, myths, values and symbols; the role of local, national, and transnational legal institutions; the relationship between immigration, assimilation, religion, and acculturation; movement in the interest of ethnic autonomy or secession, and as a response to such dangers as deprivation, religious persecution, and the development of border zones within which populations move and interact.

Contributors: David Abraham, Elspeth Carruthers, Hasia R. Diner, Luca Einaudi, Joshua Fogel, Gautam Ghosh, and Carl Ipsen.

Anthony T. Grafton teaches European history at Princeton University; Marc S. Rodriguez is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.


February 2007
5 black and white, 9 line illustrations
282 pages
9x6 in
Studies in Comparative History
ISBN: 9781580461597
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Placing Human Migration in Comparative Perspective - Marc S. Rodriguez
Making Territories in the High Middle Ages: The Role of Foundation Charters in the German Colonization of the Vistula RiverVistula River - Elspeth Jane Carruthers
La Più Grande Italia: The Italianization of Argentina - Carl Ipsen
The (Un)braiding of Time in the 1947 Partition of British India - Gautam Ghosh
Prostitutes and Painters: Early Japanese Migrants to Shanghai - Joshua Fogel
The Accidental Irish - Hasia R. Diner
Policies and Politics of Immigratin Flows in Twentieth-Century Italy and France - Luca Einaudi, Ph.D
The Boundaries and Bonds of Citizenship: Recognition and Redistribution in the United States, Germany, and Israel - David Abraham


The interdisciplinary and comparative nature of this collection, which includes submissions by economists, anthropologists and historians alike, emphasizes how important the "longer view" is in the study of migration. . . . This collection takes an important step in viewing the various aspects of migration through time -- thus locating the important and complex processes involved in human migration in historical perspective. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL HISTORY, Summer 2009 (Bethany Hicks)

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