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Migrations and Belongings: 1870-1945

Migrations and Belongings: 1870-1945

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Toward the end of the nineteenth century, new railroads, ports, and steamships enabled people to travel faster and in greater numbers than ever before. Migrations and Belongings traces burgeoning population movements across several continents from 1870 to the end of World War II. This study explains the complex variables involved in global migrations and the processes of acculturation by which "belonging" takes shape.

Dirk Hoerder emphasizes the migration systems that emerge when population clusters move between regions over long periods of time. Eschewing a Eurocentric perspective, he identifies five major systems in different parts of the world where men and women left areas with labor surpluses and swelled regions of urban and industrial growth. These include African slave migration from the 1440s to the 1870s; migration of free and indentured men and women across Asia; Russo-Siberian migration across parts of Asia, North America, and Europe; a North China-Manchurian migration; and an Atlantic system connecting Europe and the Americas. Migrations within and among regions and empires both encouraged population mixing and produced new social stratifications.

Questioning the "container" view of states, Hoerder considers instead the dynamic effects of departure, transit, and arrival. Migration, he shows, is both a critique of unsatisfactory conditions in one society and a contribution of human capital to another.



Author: Dirk Hoerder
Publisher: Belknap Press
Published: 04/21/2014
Pages: 230
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.65lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.40w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780674281318

About the Author
Hoerder, Dirk: - Dirk Hoerder is Emeritus Professor of History at Arizona State University.

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