People in Transit

People in Transit : German Migrations in Comparative Perspective, 1820-1930

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The demographic shockwaves of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Europe produced tremendous change in the national economies and affected the political, social, and cultural development of these societies. Migration historians have begun to connect the various European migratory streams during this period with transcontinental migration to North America. This volume contains empirical studies on German in-migration, internal migration, and transatlantic emigration from the 1820s to the 1930s, placed in a comparative perspective of Polish, Swedish, and Irish migration to North America. Special emphasis is placed on the role of women in the process of migration. By looking specifically at postwar Germany, Klaus J. Bade underscores the relevance of this history in a concluding essay.
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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 6 b/w illus. 7 maps 18 tables
  • 1139052497
  • 9781139052498

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'... brilliant, readable and path-breaking ... a brilliant piece of social history, with essays that come alive because of the range of sources used and their consequent readability'. English Historical Review
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Part I. Continuity and Complexity: Migrations from East Elbian Germany and Galician Poland: 1. German emigration research, north, south, and east: findings, methods, and open questions Walter Kamphoefner; 2. Nineteenth-century continental and transoceanic emigrations: a history of East Elbian Prussia Rainer Muhle; 3. Overseas emigration from Mecklenburg-Strelitz: the geographic and social contexts Axel Lubinski; 4. Emigration from Regierungsbezirk Frankfurt/Oder, 1815-93 Uwe Reich; 5. Preserving or transforming role?: Migrants and Polish territories in the era of mass migrations Adam Walaszek; Part II. Internal German Migrations and In-Migrations: 6. Traveling workers and the German labor movement Horst Rossler; 7. Migration in Duisberg, 1821-1914 James H. Jackson Jr; 8. In-migration and emigration in an area of heavy industry: the example of Georgsmarienhutte, 1856-70 Susanne Meyer; 9. Foreign workers in and around Bremen, 1884-1918 Karl Marten Barfuss; Part III. Women's Migration: Labor and Marriage Markets: 10. The international marriage market: theoretical and historical perspectives Suzanne M. Sinke; 11. Making service serve themselves: immigrant women and domestic service in North America, 1850-1920 Joy K. Lintelman; 12. German domestic servants in America, 1850-1914: a new look at German immigrant women's experience Silke Wehner; 13. Acculturation of immigrant women in Chicago at the turn of the twentieth century Diedre Mageean; Part IV. Acculturation in and Return from the United States: 14. Communicating the old and the new: German immigrant women and their press in comparative perspective around 1900 Monika Blaschke; 15. Return migration to an urban center: the example of Bremen, 1850-1914 Karen Schniedewind; 16. Migration, ethnicity, and working class formation: Passaic, New Jersey, 1889-1926 Sven Beckert; 17. Changing gender roles and emigration: the example of German Jewish women after 1933 and their emigration to the United States, 1933-45 Sibylle Quack; Conclusion: migration past and present: the German experience Klaus J. Bade; Bibliographic essay; Research on the German migrations, 1820s to 1830s: a report on the state of German scholarship Dirk Hoerder.
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